Child Health Collaborative Grant

Child at health checkup

Improve health outcomes for Minnesota children and adolescents with support from the Child Health Collaborative Grant.

Funding has been awarded annually since 2014 as part of a broader effort to support child health research partnerships among community and University of Minnesota researchers. CTSI, Children’s Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics teamed up to create the program.

Who can apply

  • Must involve at least two co-principal investigators: one from Children's Minnesota and an investigator from the University (any of the five campuses).
  • Are encouraged to include a co-investigator (can be a co-PI) from the Department of Pediatrics at Hennepin Healthcare.

Uplifting Resilient Parent Feeding Practices to Promote Child Health: Launching a New Community-University-Clinical Research Partnership
  • Melissa Laska, PhD, RD, School of Public Health
  • Amanda Nickel, MPH, Children’s Minnesota
A Synergistic Solution: Piloting a Physical Activity-Based Positive Youth Development Program to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Adolescents' Mental Health
  • Sarah Kaja, PhD, Medical School
  • Kathleen Miller, MD, Children’s Minnesota
Assessing the Roles of Family Race and Class in Hospital and Clinic Reporting of Child Neglect to a Child Protective System
  • Susan Mason, PhD, School of Public Health
  • Chelsea Weinstein, MSW, Children’s Minnesota

Read more about these projects


In 2020, funding for the Child Health Collaborative Grant was redirected towards COVID-19 child health research activities.

Working Together, From a Distance: A qualitative exploration into how to best tailor our public health response to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Gretchen Cutler, PhD, MPH, Children's Minnesota
  • Marla Eisenberg, ScD, Medical School
Impact of COVID-19 on Child Abuse and Neglect in the Twin Cities 
  • Allison Lind, NP, Children's Minnesota
  • Caroline George, MD, Medical School
Pilot screening for urinary biomarkers of vasoreactive endothelial dysfunction in pediatric patients with suspected COVID19 infection
  • Kelly Bergmann, DO, Children's Minnesota
  • Alex Boucher, MD, Medical School
Stress physiology and mental health: Implications for family functioning and child development during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Michael Troy, PhD, LP, Children’s Minnesota
  • Andrew Barnes, MD, MPH, Medical School
Epidemiology of Pediatric COVID-19 Infections in the United States
  • Laura E. Norton, MD, MS, Children’s Minnesota
  • Alicen Spaulding, PhD, Medical School
Pediatric COVID-19: Does infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus alter brain structure and function?
  • Kelly Bergmann, Children’s Minnesota
  • Igor Nestrasil, MD, PhD, Medical School
Isolation of protective antibodies against COVID-19
  • Alberto Orioles, MD, Children’s Minnesota
  • Maria Steiner, MD, MS, Medical School
Anti-Asian Racism During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Youth Risk and Resilience
  • Daniel Lee, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
  • Kimara Gustafson, MD, Medical School
Emotional and behavioral regulation among children and adolescents with pre-existing mental health disorders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Alicia Zagel, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
  • Anjali Goel, MD, PhD, Medical School
Alicia Kunin-Batson, PhD, LP, Department of Pediatrics, and Mike Troy, PhD, LP, Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services, Children’s Minnesota

Project title: The Effects of Racism and Discrimination on Children’s Health & Development: Implications for Screening and Intervention

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