Social Capital Research to Action Symposium
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 10:00am

Build connections, capacity, and opportunity at the Social Capital Research to Action Symposium hosted by Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Center for Public Health Studies at Portland State University. The symposium will bring together researchers, practitioners, and community members interested in understanding best practices, difficulties, and benefits of increasing social capital to improve the health and well-being of our communities. 

Download the symposium's full agenda and speaker lineup here (PDF)

When: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Lunch will be provided

Where: Portland State University, Native American Student and Community Center (710 SW Jackson St., Portland, OR 97201

FREE with RSVP. Reserve your free ticket here by Oct. 16

Keynote Speakers:

  • Rachael Banks, MPA, is the director of the Healthy Birth Initiative (HBI) and the Healthy Families Program at Multnomah County Health Department. In these roles, she convenes partners to advance policy, systems, and environmental strategies to support healthy eating, tobacco prevention, and maternal, child and family health. She also implements comprehensive and culturally specific strategies to strengthen families, eliminate inequities in poor birth outcomes, and decrease child maltreatment.  
  • Dr. David Holtgrave, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has investigated the relationship between social capital measures, infectious disease rates, and risk behavior prevalence and has worked extensively on HIV prevention community planning. He has served on an Institute of Medicine panel charged with recommending methods to improve the public financing and delivery of HIV care in the United States. Dr. Holtgrave will be speaking via live telecast from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.

A combination of brief info-blast presentations and panel discussions will address:

  • The role and importance of social capital: What is social capital and why is it important?
  • Social capital measures and indicators: How do we know we are improving or building social capital and community resilience?
  • Projects to improve social capital: What projects have been tried to improve social capital? Were they successful? Why or why not? What are similar projects that have been implemented?
  • Next steps and innovations: What is needed to increase impact and efforts? What lingering research questions exist?

The symposium will be facilitated by Beverly Stein, Director of Research and Development for the National Policy Consensus Center.


Research to Action, an initiative of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, is a platform for identifying and linking PSU's diverse research expertise to advance the collaborative development of sustainable practices.