Funding for Community Members, Organizations
Community members and organizations interested in developing ideas and partnerships to address health in Minnesota communities now have access to two funding programs through CTSI's Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health.
These programs aim to enable communities to pursue collaboration with University of Minnesota researchers and research to actively engage with communities CTSI serves.
Community Health Connections
Intended to identify community needs and generate ideas and opportunities to promote collaborative efforts to improve community health. Funding is available to support community organizations in collaborative processes to identify community needs, opportunities, and ideas. One-time funds up to $2,000 are available to support community groups organizing around a broad range of health concerns or questions. Download the RFA to learn more.
The 'U' is for You: Supporting Community Engagement with the UMN
Intended to foster community/university research engagement and mutual learning to address community-identified needs for capacity building in areas such as project set-up, relationship building, research ethics, and community research roles. Funding is available to support initiatives that bring community organizations, groups, and individuals together with University researchers, faculty and staff to share and discuss information about any aspect of health research among participants from the community and university.
Those who plan to develop a proposal are encouraged to contact the CEARCH team in advance to learn whether similar efforts to address the same or related topic are already underway. One application will be awarded up to $5,000 each quarter. Download the RFA to learn more.
Community Health Connections
Lori Endsley, Center for Orphan Drug Research, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Project title: Rare Disease Day Patient Advocacy Group Breakfast & Networking Session
Community Partner: Chloe's Fight Rare Disease Foundation
Joseph Gaugler, Minnesota Brain Aging Research Consortium (M-BARC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Project title: Dementia Healthcare Advisory Board
Community Partner: Minnesota Braid Aging Research Consortium
Tetyana Shippee, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota
Project title: Identifying and addressing racial disparities in long-term care
Community Partner: Sabathani Community Center; NE Seniors for Better Living; Merrick Community Services Senior Group; Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging
James Verhoye, Minesota Department of Corrections (MCF-Shakopee)
Project title: Increasing the literacy of women incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee (MCF-Shakopee) through a targeted and collaborative educational approach
Community Partner: Minnesota Department of Health
UMN Partner: Rebecca Schlafer, Department of Pediatrics
Cynthia Fashaw, National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI MN) Multicultural Young Adult
Project title: Destigmatizing mental health in cultural communities: Providing information and education to support mental wellness and increase help-seeking and accessing of mental health services
Purpose: To identify community needs and generate ideas and opportunities to promote collaborative efforts to improve community health
Community Partner: Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servico (CLUES)
UMN Partners: Asian Student Union (ASU), Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP)
Requesting a University of Minnesota partner from the School of Public Health
Sara Wahl, Southwest Crisis Center (SWCC)
Project title: Assessing the housing needs of individuals and families in southwest Minnesota experiencing domestic and sexual violence and involving stakeholders in directed conversations and listening sessions related to housing needs and potential areas of collaboration
Community Partners: Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, Continuum of Care
Requesting a University of Minnesota partner to collaborate on research methodologies and evaluation
Patricia Ohmans, Frogtown Green/Health Advocates
Project title: Analysis and community-based dissemination of Frogtown area environmental health data
Partners: Frogtown District Planning Council, Greening Frogtown, neighborhood newspaper, St. Paul Parks Department, NeighborWorks Home Partners, and Hmongtown Marketplace
With additional University of Minnesota resources from: Humphrey Center for Public Affairs, Fernando Burga, Assistant Professor, and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)
Kamala Puram, AshaUSA
Project title: AshaUSA Health Day: Promoting healthy behaviors in South Asian communities
Partners: Project SAHAT – Minnesota South Asian Health Assessment Tool Report, conducted jointly with CAREI, CURA, and SEWA-AIFW
With additional University of Minnesota resources from: Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)
Darius Gray, ReConnect Rondo organizing director
Melvin Giles, Kim Club, and Lilli Post Johnson
Project title: Rondo Land Bridge HIA
Partners: Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, and Minnesota Department of Health
With additional University of Minnesota resources from: Humphrey Center for Public Affairs, Fernando Burga, Assistant Professor, and David Wilsey, Director, MDP Program
Fartun Weli, Isuroon executive director
Project title: Cervical cancer education and screening in the Somali community
Partners: Program in Health Disparities Research and Midwest Consortium for Drug Discovery and Development
With additional University of Minnesota resources from: Ever Mkonyi, graduate student, and the Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research
The 'U' is for You
Katie Querna, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health (DOGPAH), University of Minnesota Twin Cities
- Project: Restorative Justice approaches to reduce violence and promote gender equity
- Purpose: To determine the feasibility and develop practice recommendations for using and evaluating restorative justice approaches to gender-based violence in the Twin Cities.
- Partners: Michele Braley, Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice; Barbara McMorris, University of Minnesota (DOGPAH); Kara Beckman, University of Minnesota (DOGPAH)
Laura Palombi, College of Pharmacy, UMN Duluth
- Project: A Needs Assessment for Rural Northeastern Minnesota: Identifying Community Strengths and Opportunities for Substance Use Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery
- Purpose: To determine how a community can best support individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder in order to inform the work of recovery organizations, health care systems, treatment facilities, and public health in northeastern Minnesota.
- Partners: Beth Elstad, Recovery Alliance Duluth; Keri Hager, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy - Duluth; Emily Becher, University of Minnesota Extension; Robyn Tomaszsewski, AmeriCorps VISTA (Iowa Campus Compact)
Amira Adawe, The BeautyWell Project
- Project: Immigrant Salon Project
- Purpose: To gain an initial understanding of health and safety knowledge among employees of immigrant salons in the Twin Cities, through focus group and key informant interviews.
- Partners: Susan Arnold, Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Patricia Ohmans, Frogtown Green
- Project: Reducing Food Waste in Frogtown
- Project summary: A food waste reduction outreach and education project in Frogtown, a low-income neighborhood in St Paul.
- Purpose: To raise awareness of both the environmental and financial cost of food waste, and to offer residents ways to greatly reduce such waste.
- Partners: Collaboration with Jackie Billhymer, MPH, RD - Regional Coordinator, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) - University of Minnesota and other members of EFNEP staff. Technical consultation with staff from the University of Minnesota’ Center for Family Development. University of Minnesota MPH student Audrey Seligman is the project coordinator.
Anthony Stately, Native American Community Clinic
- Project: Native American Community Clinic Research Meeting (Disparities in health outcomes related to chronic pain management and the use of opioids)
- Purpose: To co-develop research proposals that balance creating new knowledge with building capacity within NACC and its community partners to improve patient health outcomes, and to serve as a resource for other communities by sharing information about our research and programmatic activities
- Partners: Erin Krebs, Minneapolis VA; Gavin Bart, Hennepin County Healthcare; Paulette Baukol, Mayo Clinic/Hennepin County Spirit of the Eagles Program; Bonnie Duran, University of Washington; Milton Eder, University of Minnesota
Robert Clarence Jones, Hue-MAN Partnership Project
- Project: Opioid use in the community: Utilizing MyStrengths+MyHealth (MSMH) app to help communities self-describe whole-person health including problems and strengths
- Purpose: To foster community/university research engagement and mutual learning
- Partners: Karen Monsen and Robin Austin, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing
Brenna Greenfield, PhD, University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth
- Project title: "Pop-Up” Research with Native American women who used opioids during pregnancy
- Purpose: To pilot “pop-up research”, a new method of community engagement in research, in the context of listening sessions with Native American women in Northeastern Minnesota who used opioids during pregnancy.
- Partners: Rebekah Dunlap, BSN, in a northeast Minnesota city
Motohiro Nakajima, PhD, University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth campus
- Project title: Stress and coping in East African communities
- Purpose: To create opportunities for East African immigrants to share their stressors and develop social connections in a supportive, informal environment, and to identify strategies to foster resilience in this community.
- Partners: Mustafa al’Absi, PhD, Oromo Community of Minnesota, and the Brian Coyle Center
Applications for both programs are accepted on a continuous basis and are due the first of each quarter.
Applications are reviewed within 45 days of submission by the CEARCH Management Council, a group of more than 20 stakeholders from the U of M, healthcare systems, and local community organizations.