Community Health Connections Grant
Identify community needs and improve community health and health equity with support from our grant program.
Improve community health and health equity
Funding helps generate ideas about community health priorities and create opportunities to promote community-driven, collaborative efforts to improve community health and health equity.
The grant aims to build or sustain relationships between a community and the University of Minnesota or across communities on community-driven topics.
Process and expectations
You can apply at any time.
Applications are reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis, and applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 45 days of the quarterly submission deadlines.
Applicants for each quarterly review must be submitted by 11:59pm on:
- Summer: July 29, 2021
- Fall: October 28, 2021
- Winter: January 27, 2022
- Spring: April 28, 2022
Eligibility and Partnership:
- Minnesota-based community organizations (e.g., non-profits, local public health, community clinics, neighborhood associations, tribal governments) and,
- University researchers (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Post-Doctoral Associate/Fellow, or a PhD Research Associate from any campus)
CEARCH can help identify and match any potential project partners. CEARCH supports and encourages funds to be used to support initial meetings with potential partners.
Other eligibility criteria:
- Funding is not designed to support delivery of ongoing program services, or to purchase equipment.
- A university and/or community partner can only be principal investigator (PI) on one CEARCH application at a time or one CEARCH awarded grant during a given grant period.
- Prospective applicants cannot apply for more than one CEARCH grant at once for the same research activities on a given project. Instead, CEARCH welcomes applicants to apply for multiple grants sequentially to build upon their research agenda or project.
- Funding cannot be used to directly support graduate student thesis research, although graduate students are often major participants in projects receiving support.
Review and notification process
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of our Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) Management Council, a group of more than 20 stakeholders from the U of M, healthcare systems, and local community organizations.
Preference will be given to proposals demonstrating meaningful community involvement in planning and focused on health equity. It is anticipated that one application will be funded each quarter.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 45 days of the quarterly submission deadlines.
Award recipients are expected to submit a final report on:
- Project activities
- Feedback from participants
- Next steps
A final report form will be sent to project leads at the end of the project's funding period.
Award recipients are highly encouraged to present their projects at either the CTSI Poster Sessions and Power of Partnerships events during or after their grant period.
Our CEARCH Management Council will use this information to determine and report on how well these awards help to meet community identified needs and foster University engagement with communities.
Yue Wu, MM, Music Therapist, MacPhail Center for Music
Project title: Co-design Tele-music Therapy Services with Stakeholders and University Researchers
Lori Endsley, Center for Orphan Drug Research, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Project title: Rare Disease Day Patient Advocacy Group Breakfast & Networking Session
Community Partner: Chloe's Fight Rare Disease Foundation
Joseph Gaugler, Minnesota Brain Aging Research Consortium (M-BARC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Project title: Dementia Healthcare Advisory Board
Community Partner: Minnesota Brain Aging Research Consortium
Tetyana Shippee, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota
Community Partner: Sabathani Community Center; NE Seniors for Better Living; Merrick Community Services Senior Group; Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging
James Verhoye, Minesota Department of Corrections (MCF-Shakopee)
Project title: Increasing the literacy of women incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee (MCF-Shakopee) through a targeted and collaborative educational approach
Community Partner: Minnesota Department of Health
UMN Partner: Rebecca Schlafer, Department of Pediatrics
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
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)
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