Child Health Collaborative Grant

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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.


    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