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 Application 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 Application to learn more.
Community Health Connections
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
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)
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
The 'U' is for You
Motohiro Nakajima, PhD, University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth campus
Project title: Stress and coping in East African communities
Partners: Mustafa al’Absi, PhD, Oromo Community of Minnesota, and the Brian Coyle Center
Brenna Greenfield, PhD, University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth
Project title: "Pop-Up” Research with Native American women who used opioids during pregnancy
Partners: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Fond du Lac Human Services, and Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee tribal resolution, 2016
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
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.