Community Health Collaborative Pilot Grant

A young couple smiles and holds their baby son while standing in their backyard

Promote health equity and health topics that are identified by Minnesota communities


Increase health equity

Pursue a collaborative project that improves health equity in Minnesota.

Address local health issues

Focus on health issues identified by Minnesota communities who have been impacted by health disparities.

Build capacity

Develop sustainable skills, resources, or organizational structures for an affected community.



Perspectives on pediatric palliative care from parents of children with serious illness in the Somali, Latino/a/x, Hmong, and Native American communities
Community leads, SoLaHmo Partnership for Health and Wellness: Rodolfo Batres, MD, Shannon Pergament, MPH, MSW, Beverly Bushyhead, Pilar de la Parra, Fathi Ahmed, Yeng Moua
University lead: Jennifer Needle, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics

Transitioning Together: A community partnership promoting a culturally responsive and family centered approach to transition planning for families of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Community Lead: Maren Christenson, Multicultural Autism Action Network (MAAN)
Community collaborators, PACER Center: Gretchen Godfrey, Barb Ziemke
Community collaborators, Multicultural Autism Action Network (MAAN): Rufo Jiro, Fatima Molas
University lead: Rebekah Hudock, PhD, Medical School Dept. of Pediatrics
University collaborators: Chimei Lee, PhD, Medical School, Sally Sexton MEd, Institute on Community Integration, Joshua Chapman, MD

A participatory action research collaboration addressing racial disparities in maltreatment reporting, child protection involvement, and outcomes: Identifying community perspectives on mechanisms and solutions in Hennepin County
Community lead: Lisa P. Bayley, MA, Hennepin County Health & Human Services
University lead: Kristine N. Piescher, PhD, School of Social Work
University collaborators: Maura Shramko, PhD, Traci LaLiberte, PhD, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Title: Fulfilling the needs of Black bereaved dementia caregivers
Community lead: Warren Wolfe & Sheryl Fairbanks, Roseville Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Action Team 
University Lead: Zachary Baker, MA, Ph.D, Robert L. Kane Post-Doctoral Fellow
University Collaborators: Ashley Millenbah, MPH, Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair Research Coordinator, Robin Frazier, UMN Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation

Addressing symptoms of community and intergenerational violence in North Minneapolis: Feasibility Pilot of the Intergenerational Healing Circle Intervention

Sarah Hoffman PhD, MPH, MSN, RN,  Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Community partner: Yolonde Adams-Lee, MA, LISW, Lighten Your Load Counseling

Building trust and reducing the burden of stroke in African-American communities

Niloufar Hadidi PhD, CNS-BC, APRN, FAHA, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Community partner: Clarence Jones, MEd, CPH, CPE, CHW, Community Health Strategist, Hue-MAN Partnership

Cultural brokers as bridging the telehealth divide between racial/ethnic communities and health institutions: Improving mental health disparities and access during COVID-19

G. Nic Rider, PhD, University Lead, Assistant Professor, Medical School, and Jennifer Connor, PhD, LMFT, University Lead, Associate Professor, Clinic Director, Medical School
Community partner: Shannon Pergament, MPH, MSW, Co-Director of Community Based Research Minnesota Community Care

Increasing social connectedness among rural older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic

Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW, Associate Professor, School of Public Health
Community partner: Nicole Bauer, MA, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Spiritual Care Barriers to Serious Illness and End-of-Life Care in the Muslim Community

Nimo Abdi, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development
Community: Samreen Vora, Medical Director of Simulation, Children’s Minnesota

The Development of a Preventive Intervention to Support Mental and Chemical Health in Gender-Nonconforming Adolescents

Timothy Piehler, PhD, LP, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development
Anne Becher-Ingwalson, Psy.D, LPCC, LADC, Clinician, Clinical Supervisor, Training Coordinator, Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions

Addressing Breast Cancer Screening Disparities in Immigrant African and African American communities in the Twin Cities

David Haynes, PhD, M.S., Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Informatics
Benita Robinson, Vice President of Breast Cancer Education Association, Sage Program, Breast Cancer Education Association

Youth as leaders for tobacco prevention in the Somali community in Minnesota

Rebekah Pratt, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medical School
Abdillahi Kahin, BSW, Program Manager, WellShare International

Empowering Parents for Wellness in Shelter

Chris Mehus, PhD, Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health
Christina Woodlee, MPA, The Bridge for Youth

Evaluation of a Community Mentorship Program for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Lindsey Weiler, PhD, College of Education and Human Development 
Emily Goldberg, Autism Society of Minnesota

Understanding and Reducing Karen Youth Substance Use

Jennifer McCleary, PhD, College of Education and Human Service Professions, Duluth
Eh Tha Khu, Karen Organization of Minnesota

Understanding Barriers to Lung Cancer Screening for a Minnesota Tribal Clinic

Abbie Begnaud, MD, Medical School
Kendra Roland, MPH, American Indian Cancer Foundation

Intergenerational Dental Caries of Somali Mothers and Children

Priscilla Flynn, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry
Abdulkadir Shire, Somali Family Life Center

Evaluating Mental Health Screening and Referral Processes for Minnesota’s Arriving Refugee Populations

Patricia Shannon, University of Minnesota, School of Social Work
Maria Vukovich, Center for Victims of Torture

Parenting Adolescent Refugees Post-resettlement in Minnesota: A Pilot Intervention Targeting Karen Family Cohesion

Sarah Hoffman, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing
Alexis Walstad, Karen Organization of Minnesota

Fostering Healthy Habits for Youth Participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities Community-based Mentoring Program

Barbara McMorris, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing
Brian Hissong, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

Effectiveness of Vets and Friends Long-term Support Group Facilitator Team Training

Sarah Beehler, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Medical School
John Sippola, Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal 

Immigrant Microbiome Project: Characterization of the Obesogenic Gut Microbiome among Immigrants

Dan Knights, College of Science and Engineering
Kathleen Culhane-Pera, West Side Community Health Services

Minnesota’s Transgender Older Adults: Locating a Hidden Population and Identifying Unmet Service Needs

Abel Knochel, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth
Dylan Flunker, Rainbow Health Initiative

Improving Diabetes Outcomes: Culturally-Based Self-Management Strategies for Non-literate Somali Elders Living in Select Public High-Rise Apartments

Nathan Shippee, School of Public Health
Robert Albee, A Partnership Of Diabetics

Little Earth Strong: Diabetes Prevention for American Indian Youth and Families

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Duluth
Deatrick LaPointe, Little Earth of United Tribes

Improving Maternal and Child Health by Increasing Doula Support for Diverse Minnesota Women

Mary Williams, RN - Everyday Miracles
Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, PMA - School of Public Health

Impact of Complementary and Integrative Healthcare on Health and Wellbeing for Adults with Chronic Disease

Teri Verner, RN, DNP - Hennepin County Medical Center
Pamela Jo Johnson, PhD - Academic Health Center

Exploring Mental and Behavioral Health Outcomes Among Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW - Domestic Abuse Project, Inc.
Lynette Renner, PhD, MSW - School of Social Work

The Health Care Home in Supporting Chronic Disease Management: Understanding Team Member Roles and the Integration of Community Health Workers

Joan Cleary, M.M. - Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance
Elizabeth Rogers, MD, MAS - Medical School

Genomic Guided Assessment of Drug Therapy Effectiveness in Managing Hmong Adults with Hyperuricemia and Gout

Kathleen Culhane-Pera, MD, MA - West Side Community Health Services
Robert Straka, Pharm. D - College of Pharmacy

Load Experienced While Using a Stander in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Walter Trung, MD – Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Rajesh Rajamani, PhD – Mechanical Engineering

Respite Care: Effects on the Perceived Health and Health Care Utilization of Homeless Adults

Dawn Petroskas, PhD, RN – Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
John Song, MD, MPH, MAT – Center for Bioethics/Medicine

Real vs Sham rTMS Combined with Conventional Therapy in Acute Stroke

Lars Oddsson, PhD – Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
James Carey PhD – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Integrating community-perspectives with decision modeling to address sexual health disparities in Greater Minnesota youth

Judith Kahn, MSW – Teenwise Minnesota
Eva Enns, PhD – Health Policy and Management

Personalized Early Intervention Program for Children with Behavior Disorders

Michael Bloomquist, PhD, LP – School of Medicine, Psychiatry
Joel Oberstar, MD – PrairieCare

Somali, Latino and Hmong Radio Stories about Children

Chrisa Arcan, PhD, MPH – School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Community Health
Kathleen Culhane – Pera, MD and Shannon Pergament, MPH – SoLaHmo/West Side Community Health Services

Holistic Stress Reduction Program for Children

Marilyn Calvert and Andrea Hoeppner – Compass Center for Healing

Using OnLine Learning to Improve Forensic Interview Performance with Child Victims

Jean King, PhD – Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development/Evaluation Studies
Jennifer Anderson – CornerHouse

Somali family and youth leadership intervention: pilot test

Cheryl Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN – School of Nursing
Sahra Noor and Bisharo Gardad – Somali Women’s Education Network

Understanding the medical and cultural contexts of diabetes self-management in a Latino population in rural Minnesota

Melissa Walls, PhD – School of Medicine, Duluth Campus
Jennifer Andrashko, Kent Cova-Suarez, and Jennifer Theneman – Open Door Health Center

Medical and financial impacts of cognitive screening in an elderly community population

Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, MD, PhD – School of Medicine, Neurology
Michael Rosenbloom, MD – HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research

Evaluation of mental health service delivery system for newly arriving refugees

Patricia Shannon, PhD – School of Social Work
Greg Vinson, PhD, MA - Centers for Victims of Torture

Does viewing 3D posture and center of gravity throughout posture modifying therapy improve patient experience?

Karen LaBat, PhD – Design, Housing and Apparel
Mark Wolf – Impact Physical Medicine

Transforming Evidence-based Obesity Guidelines into Clinical Practice

Karen Monsen, PhD – Nursing
Kristin Erickson and Diane Thorson – Ottertail County Public Health

A Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Wellness Program for All Ages

Justin Taves – Lac qi Parie Health Network
Kathy Johnson – Madison Lutheran Home

ECCT Developing Capacity to Address Mental Health Issues

Heidi Favet – Well Being Development

Using Dental Therapists to Reduce Parental Risk Related Behaviors for Early Childhood Caries

Christine Blue, BSDH, MS – School of Dentistry
Lydia Caros, DO – Native American Community Clinic

Standing Together for Healthy Kids

Jerica Berge, PhD – School of Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health Department
Kelly Hansen – City of Burnsville

Health Disparities in the Context of a Parenting and Pregnancy Support Program for Incarcerated Mothers

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD – School of Medicine, Pediatrics Department
Erica Gerrity, MSW – Everyday Miracles, Isis Rising

Impact of Yoga on Violence Survivor's Mental Health and Coping Skills: A Feasibility Study

Cari Clark, ScD – School of Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health Department
Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW – Domestic Abuse Project

Development of a Multicultural School-Based Approach to Substance Use Prevention and Resiliency Promotion for Somali, Latino, and Hmong Youth

Michele Allen, MD, MS – School of Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health Department
Kathleen Culhane-Pera, MD – Westside Community Health Services

Needs Assessment to Inform Improvement in Home Care Services for Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions

Bonnie Westra, PhD – School of Nursing
Nadine Patitich, MBD – HealthEast Foundation

Developing a Culturally Appropriate Community-Based pre and post Natal Education Program for East African Women

Mary Benbenek, PhD – School of Nursing
Dorothy Mayer – East African Women's Center

Children in Nature

Virajita Singh, PhD – Center for Sustainable Building Research
Sarah Reese – Polk County Public Health

Building Capacity in Rural Minnesota to Support Women with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Community-University Collaboration

Maureen O'Dougherty, PhD – Food Science and Nutrition
Krista Post, PhD – Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota

Extenatide in Extreme Pediatric Obesity

Aaron Kelly, PhD – School of Medicine, Pediatrics Department
Jennifer Abuzzahab, MD – Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Sweat Testing for Detecting Autonomic Neuropathy in Pediatric Cancer

Joseph Neglia, MD, MPH – School of Medicine, Pediatrics Department
Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD – Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Youth Determined to Succeed - University of Minnesota Partnership to Reduce Obesity Among Youth in North Minneapolis

Toben Nelson, ScD – School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
Melvin Anderson – Youth Determined to Succeed

Evaluation of Community Health Worker Cancer Screening Referrals in Different Settings

DeAnn Lazovich, PhD – School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
Jose Castellanos, MD – Communidades Latinos Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)

Barriers to Mental Health Care for the Somali Community in Minnesota

Nancy Raymond, MD – Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health
Sirad Osman, Med, CHRD – New Americans Community Services

Development of a Teacher-Focused Substance Use Prevention and Resiliencey Promotion Intervention for Latino Youth

Michele Allen, MD, MS – School of Medicine, Family Practice and Community Health Department
Luis Ortega – Minnesota Minority Education Partnership

Improving Home Care Patient Outcomes with a Pharmacist-Integrated Novel Model of Care

Tom Larson, PharmD – College of Pharmacy
Mary Ann Blade – Minnesota Visiting Nurses Agency (MVNA)

Impact of Meditative Movement on Health Outcomes of Older Adults Living in Long-Term Care Facilities

Mary Joe Kreitzer, PhD, RN – Center for Spirituality and Healing
Phyllis Gaspar, PhD – Benedictine Health System

Supporting Healthy Foods and Active Environments in Child Care Settings: A UMN-CTSI and UW-CTSA Collaborative

Susie Nanney, PhD – School of Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health Department
Tara LaRowe, PhD – School of Medicine, Family Medicine Department, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD – School of Medicine, Family Medicine Department, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Gale Kelly – Minnesota Head Start Association
Karen Fogolin – Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network

Improving Osteoporosis Care: Vertebral Fracture Assessment in Clinical Practice

John Schousbou, MD, PhD – Park Nicollet Osteoporosis Center, Health and Policy Management Division, School of Public Health
Neil Binkley, MD – Geriatrics and Endocrinology School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Fergus McKiernan, MD – Center for Bone Diseases, Marshfield Clinic

Therapeutic Support Group of New Cancer Patients to Engage in Meaning Making Activities, Assisted by Community Members, to Improve Adaptation to Life-Threatening Disease

Wotzka Lagaard, RN, DNP – School of Nursing
Susan O'Connor Von, PhD – School of Nursing
Molly O'Reilly – Kanabec County Public Health

Person-Centered Care in Rural Healthcare

Leslie A. Grant, PhD – School of Public Health, Health Policy and Management Division
Helen Kivnick, PhD – School of Social Work
Sue Sailer, LSW – Perham Memorial Home


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