Five University-community research teams receive CTSI funding to address Minnesota health issues

CTSI has awarded $200,000 to five health research collaborative partnerships between University of Minnesota investigators and individuals unaffiliated with the University.

The Community Health Collaborative Grant program aims to stimulate high-impact research that ultimately leads to health improvements, while building and sustaining research partnerships between the University and the broader community, such as nonprofits, healthcare providers, and community advocates. Funding is provided for 18 months. 

CTSI provided partner-matching support for interested applicants who were without a University of Minnesota collaborator, which is a service available to anyone at anytime, at no cost. This service helps community members find University researchers with complementary skills and expertise, as well as connect University researchers to community collaborators.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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