Child Health Collaborative Grant Award

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Melissa Hansen
Research Navigator
612-625-CTSI (2874)

Deb Hendricks
Assistant Director of Community-engaged Research Programs

The Child Health Collaborative Grant Award aims to improve the health of children and adolescents throughout Minnesota. 

The grant program supports collaborative research that addresses important, unmet child health issues in Minnesota by developing and translating innovative, evidence-based health improvement strategies.

CTSI teamed up with the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in 2014 to create this program as part of a broader effort to support research partnerships among community and University child health researchers. Research teams funded through this program must involve at least two co-principal investigators – one from Children’s, and one from the University – and demonstrate active engagement with the Department of Pediatrics.  

Application details

  • 2018 RFA
  • Online LOI submission form
  • Required Letter of Interest (LOI) due Nov. 30, 2018, 5pm CST
  • Full proposals (by invitation only) due Jan. 4, 2019, 5pm CST
  • Funding decision announced Feb. 1, 2019

After reviewing the materials, please contact CTSI Child Health Champion Mark R. Schleiss, MD, for additional insights and suggestions to create a successful proposal: (612) 626-9913 (office), (612) 356-4699 or, or contact CTSI or 612-625-2874.



Caitlin Caspi, ScD, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Gretchen Cutler, PhD, MPH, Program Director of Emergency Department Research, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Project title: Evaluating an EMR-based Process to Identify and Reduce Food Insecurity Among Pediatric Emergency Department Patients and Improve Community Resource Utilization


Muna Sunni, MBBCH, Department of Pediatrics, and Jennifer Kyllo, MD, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Project title: A Picture-Based Carbohydrate-Counting Resource for Somalis