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The Commission on Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Health Professions (pictured) has released its report on Linking Scholarship and Communities.

Volume VII, Issue 5, March 4, 2005

 

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NATIONAL COMMISSION URGES ACTION TO LINK SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMUNITIES

 

The Commission on Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Health Professions released today a national strategy for closing the gap between the promise of health professional schools as community-engaged institutions and the reality of how faculty members are typically judged and rewarded. The Commission’s report, Linking Scholarship and Communities, contains detailed recommendations for action by health professional schools and their national associations that can support community-engaged scholarship and cites promising practices that illustrate their implementation.

 

Convened by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Commission has taken a leadership role in creating a more supportive culture and reward system for health professional faculty involved in community-based participatory research, service-learning and other forms of community-engaged scholarship in which faculty members connect their scholarship with community needs and concerns. A list of Commission members appears below.

 

Over the past decade, a steady stream of national organizations have been recommending the community engagement of health professional schools as an essential strategy for improving health professional education, achieving a diverse health workforce, increasing access to health care, and eliminating health disparities. Recruiting and retaining diverse community-engaged faculty members is essential to developing and sustaining the community partnerships that form the foundation for community-based teaching, research, and service.  Despite the expansion of community engagement in the health professions, a troubling issue has arisen in many schools: Roles and expectations of faculty are changing, but the faculty review, promotion, and tenure system has not kept pace.  Addressing this problem is the central focus of the Commission on Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Health Professions and its report released today.

 

“The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports efforts to acknowledge and provide incentives for health professional schools to become and remain engaged with their communities,” said Marguerite M. Johnson, Vice President for Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We believe authentic partnerships between health professional schools and communities will move this country closer to changes in the health care system that will result in significant improvements in access to health care, a more diversified health workforce, and the elimination of ethnic and racial disparities in health. Changes must be made in our systems and institutions to support all forms of community-engaged scholarship.”

 

The report examines a number of critical challenges that community-engaged scholarship poses to the predominant paradigm of faculty incentives in health professional schools. These include the tendency of faculty peers to classify community-engaged work as service rather than to consider the factors that might qualify the work as genuine scholarship, the under valuing of the role of products of scholarship that are not in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles, and the limited role of community partners in faculty review, promotion and tenure processes.

 

The Commission recommends that:

1.       Health professional schools should adopt and promote a definition of scholarship that includes and values community-engaged scholarship. 

2.   Health professional schools should adopt review, promotion, and tenure policies and procedures that value community-engaged scholarship. 

3.   Health professional schools should ensure that community partners are meaningfully involved in review, promotion, and tenure processes for community-engaged faculty members.

4.   Health professional schools should educate the members of review, promotion, and tenure committees about community-engaged scholarship and prepare them to understand and apply the review, promotion, and tenure guidelines in the review of community-engaged faculty. 

5.   Health professional schools should invest in the recruitment and retention of community-engaged faculty. 

6.   Health professional schools should advocate for increased extramural support for community-engaged scholarship.

7.   Health professional schools should take a leadership role on their university campuses to initiate or further campuswide support for community-engaged scholarship.

8.   National associations of health professional schools should:

§          Adopt and promote a definition of scholarship within the profession that explicitly includes community-engaged scholarship

§          Support member schools that recognize and reward community-engaged scholarship

§          Advocate for increased extramural support for community-engaged scholarship

9.   Recognizing that many products of community-engaged scholarship are not currently peer reviewed, a national board should be established to facilitate a peer review process. 

 

The Commission stresses that recognizing and rewarding community-engaged scholarship in the health professions will require changes not only in the wording of policies and procedures but, even more importantly, in the culture of institutions and professions.  Leadership is needed from both academic institutions and the many external stakeholders that influence their values and priorities, including but not limited to government, philanthropy, peer-reviewed journals, accrediting bodies, and the communities in which they reside and work. As a starting point, the Commission suggests that health professional school administrators, faculty, and members of review, promotion, and tenure committees review this report in relation to the mission, vision, values, and policies of their institutions and professions.

 

In announcing its report, the Commission also applauds the recent formation of the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative.  Organized by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health with funding from the US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the Collaborative is a group of health professional schools that aims to significantly change faculty review, promotion and tenure policies and practices to recognize and reward community-engaged scholarship - in the participating schools and their peers across the country. The Collaborative is already working to implement many of the Commission’s recommendations.  Learn more about the Collaborative.

 

The Commission is eager to work with health professional schools, their national associations, and other interested stakeholders to support the implementation of its recommendations, and welcomes inquiries and suggestions on how best to facilitate such support. Questions and comments may be directed to program director, Jen Kauper-Brown, 206/543-7954, or by mail: UW Box 354809, Seattle, WA 98195-4809. 

 

The full press release and Commission report are available at www.ccph.info  To order a hard copy of the report, download an order form.

 

Additional information is available on the Commission. For more information on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, visit www.wkkf.org

 

Stay connected with the Commission and related work through the Community-Engaged Scholarship electronic discussion group.

 

 

FEDERAL FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH

 

The federal government has three open funding announcements for community-based participatory research - see details below. More resources on CBPR.

 

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Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research

Deadlines: Letters of Intent March 14 – Applications April 14

 

The NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities  has released a request for applications for RFA-MD-05-002, Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research.  Letters of Intent are due March 14, 2005 and Applications are due April 14, 2005.

 

The ultimate goal of this RFA is to support intervention research on health disparities that is jointly conducted by communities and researchers.

This RFA is inviting applications for a three-year planning grant proposal. The first year of the grant is devoted to partnership development, community needs assessment, identifying the disease/condition for intervention research, and planning the intervention methodology with substantial input from the community. During the second and third year, a pilot intervention research study will be conducted with community participation. This RFA will utilize the NIH resource-related research projects (R24) grant award mechanism. The total amount to be awarded is $4.5 million. The anticipated number of awards is 5-10.

 

Click here for details.

 

Centers of Excellence In Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training

Deadlines: Letters of Intent March 14 – Applications April 14

 

The NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities has released a request for applications for RFA-MD-05-003 Centers of Excellence In Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (Project EXPORT Establishing Exploratory Centers). Letters of Intent are due March 14, 2005 and Applications are due April 14, 2005.

 

The Project EXPORT Centers of Excellence initiative is using the P20 mechanism to:

·         advance the science directed toward reducing, eliminating, or preventing health disparities

·         accelerate the discovery of new interventions and expand the utilization/adaptation of existing evidenced-based interventions for preventing, reducing, or eliminating health disparities

·         increase the number of researchers and professionals from minority and medically underserved populations trained in biomedical and behavioral research

·         increase the quality of the training provided to biomedical and behavioral researchers and professionals conducting research on health disparities

·         increase public trust and the dissemination and utilization of scientific and health information relevant to health disparity populations.

 

Click here for details.

 

Community Participation in Research – Deadlines: May 17, 2005, 2006, 2007

 

A number of federal agencies, including NIH, CDC and AHRQ have collaborated in the release of program announcement PAR-05-026 on

Community Participation in Research. The goal of this PAR is to support research on health promotion, disease prevention, and health disparities

that is jointly conducted by communities and researchers. This PAR invites NIH research project grant (R01) and exploratory/developmental grant (R21) award mechanisms. Proposals will be accepted once a year - with deadlines on May 17, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

 

Click here for details.

 

Edited notes and an audiofile of a technical assistance call for prospective applicants

 

 

JOSIAH MACY, JR. FOUNDATION FUNDS MULTI-PROFESSIONAL PREVENTION EDUCATION PROJECT

 

The Healthy People Curriculum Task Force was awarded a three-year grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation of New York to expand multiprofessional communication and cooperation in the training of clinical health professionals. Grant support will be used to promote a Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework, to develop an online Prevention Education Resource Center, and to convene a national, state-of-the-science conference focused on interprofessional teaching, practice and research in clinical prevention and population health.

 

Seven health profession education associations are represented on the Task Force.  Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the Association of Schools of Public Health have served as resource organizations to the Task Force since its inception.  During the past two years, the Task Force developed the Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework, recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, which provides a structure for organizing curriculum, monitoring curriculum, and communicating within and between disciplines. It is designed to serve as a guideline for teaching prevention and population health to students in the clinical health professions disciplines.   The article on the Curriculum Framework is available in full-text.

 

The online Prevention Education Resource Center (PERC) will allow health professional faculty to search for teaching materials that are relevant to particular domains of the Curriculum Framework and applicable to specific clinical health professions disciplines.  PERC will also provide for communication across schools and faculty for enhanced program content and curriculum design. The Healthy People Curriculum Task Force is convened by the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Centers with initial financial support from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  CCPH Senior Consultant Suzanne Cashman serves as CCPH's representative to the Task Force.

 

Since its inception in the 1930's, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation focused its resources specifically on improving the education of health professionals.  The activities funded through this award support two of the foundation's major areas of emphasis: improving medical and health professional education in the context of the changing health care system and demonstrating or encouraging ways to increase teamwork between and among health care professionals.

 

Visit the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force Website

 

Learn more about Suzanne Cashman.

 

 

COLLEGE STUDENTS LAUNCH MONTH OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CIVIC ACTION

 

Students across the country are taking part in Raise Your Voice­ - A Month of Action, an event that last year engaged more than 100,000 college and university students on 250 campuses in political and service activities. This year, the events were be launched on February 23rd, near Presidents Day, with an interactive national teleconference hosted by North Carolina students that will involve more than 60 campuses and 3,000 college students around the country.

 

During the following weeks, students will participate in such activities as dialogues on public issues, days with legislators, and alternative spring breaks in more than 30 states. These students are sustaining the energy of voter education and mobilization activities that were organized on campuses leading up to the 2004 election. They will have a chance to connect with opinion leaders on issues that are critical to their campuses, their communities, and the country at large.

 

The Month of Action is part of Campus Compact’s Raise Your Voice campaign, a national non-partisan effort that has already connected more than 300,000 students to support student civic engagement and address public issues crucial to our democracy.

 

Click here to read the full story.

 

 

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MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

With CCPH members literally all over the world, we have come to rely on telephone, e-mail and the World Wide Web as important tools for communicating, sharing knowledge and building relationships.   Although these technologies cannot replace the connections that can be made when spending time together face-to-face, they are essential to our work.   If you have visited our homepage lately at www.ccph.info, you will see that we are conducting a user survey to help us improve the look, feel and content of the CCPH website.   We have also established a number of electronic discussion groups so that individuals with common interests can more easily communicate with one another. We also recently sponsored a web-conference and teleconference on community-based participatory research.

 

We offer these resources freely as a core part of our mission to promote health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions.  If you have found helpful information on the CCPH website, if you have learned about a new opportunity through one of the electronic discussion groups, if you have had questions answered promptly by CCPH staff, I invite you to support CCPH by becoming a member and by encouraging colleagues to become members, too.   Your modest investment in CCPH helps us to continue to serve as a resource for service-learning, community-based participatory research and community-campus partnerships more broadly that are working to improve health professions education, civic engagement and the health of communities.   Becoming a member of CCPH has tangible benefits, too:

 

Why join CCPH?  See what some of our members have to say.

 

To learn more about CCPH membership, visit these pages on our website:

 

CCPH Membership Brochure

CCPH Membership Information

Frequently Asked Question about Membership

 

We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions about CCPH, and of course we are always delighted to hear stories about ways that CCPH members have found membership in the organization to be worthwhile.   Please feel free to contact me directly at sarena@u.washington.edu.

 

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NEWS FROM CCPH

 

CCPH Website Users Survey! We want to hear from you! Help us make sure you're getting the most out of CCPH resources by taking a five minute survey about CCPH's website. Click here to take the survey now. This is an anonymous survey. Click here to return to the CCPH Homepage.

 

The Commission on Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Health Professions Has Released Its Report, Linking Scholarship and Communities

The report advances a national strategy for closing the gap between the promise of health professional schools as community-engaged institutions and the reality of how faculty members are typically judged and rewarded.  The report contains detailed recommendations for action by health professional schools and their national associations that can support community-engaged scholarship and cites promising practices that illustrate their implementation.  To read the report and press release, visit www.ccph.info.  To order a hard copy of the report, download an order form.

 

Save the Date! Developing and Sustaining Partnerships for Community-Based Participatory Research: A Skill-Building Institute for Partnership Teams to be held August 5-8, 2005 in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The institute is based on the training curriculum developed by the Community-Institutional Partnerships for Prevention Research Group to build the capacity of communities, public health agencies and academic institutions to engage in CBPR. Applications will be available in mid-March.  To receive an application by email, please send your request to ccphuw@u.washington.edu.

 

Apply now for CCPH's 8th Summer Service-Learning Institute, to be held June 17-20, 2005 in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State - Applications must be received by April 15, 2005. Combining the best of CCPH's past introductory and advanced institutes, this summer's institute features two tracks designed to meet the needs of both novice and experienced service-learning practitioners in the health professions.  Application materials and other details are available by clicking here.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS!

 

JOIN CCPH AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS

 

For more event listings, visit CCPH’s website conference page.

 

March 3-5, 2005: Community Health Solutions- Keeping the Drive Alive, the second joint conference of the Association for Community Health Improvement and Communities Joined in Action in Tampa, Florida. CCPH will be facilitating an interactive workshop entitled “Health Institutions as Economic and Community Anchors: Case Studies and Practical Strategies” at the conference. Visit the Community Health Conference Website or CJA Online for the latest information and on-line registration.   Visit the CCPH Project Website for more information on the conference presentation.  

 

June 17-20, 2005: CCPH’s 8th Summer Service-Learning Institute in Leavenworth, Washington. Combining the best of CCPH's past introductory and advanced institutes, this summer's institute features two tracks designed to meet the needs of both novice and experienced service-learning practitioners.  Applications must be received by April 15, 2005. To receive an application by email, please send your request to ccphuw@u.washington.edu.  

 

August 5-8, 2005:  Developing and Sustaining Partnerships for Community-Based Participatory Research: A Skill-Building Institute for Partnership Teams in Leavenworth, Washington. The institute is based on the training curriculum developed by the Community-Institutional Partnerships for Prevention Research Group to build the capacity of communities, public health agencies and academic institutions to engage in CBPR. Applications will be available in mid-March.  To receive an application by email, please send your request to ccphuw@u.washington.edu.

 

 

NEW EVENT LISTINGS

 

For details on all upcoming event listings, CCPH’s website conference page

 

March 10-12, 2005: The Council of Academic Societies -- 2005 Spring Meeting on Tomorrows Doctors, Tomorrows Cures: Envisioning the Future in Tucson, Arizona.

 

March 29-30, 2005: A National Call to Action: Minority Faculty Development Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.  

 

March 31-April 3, 2005: National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Ninth Annual Conference “Medical Practice for the 21st Century: Enhancing Quality Care and Health Literacy” in Los Angeles, California.

 

April 5, 2005: Global Health Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

April 6-8, 2005: Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

 

April 7-10, 2005: 3rd Bi-annual Harvard Macy Institute Symposium, "A Global View of Medical Education” in Washington, DC.

 

April 10-13, 2005:  Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine -- Spring Conference in San Francisco, California.

 

April 12-15, 2005: 2005 Priester National Extension Health Conference Call to the Post: Translating Research into Policy and Practice for Healthier Communities in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials (ENACCT) Seeking Program Evaluator

 

The mission of ENACCT is to identify and implement evidence-based approaches to effective cancer clinical trials education, outreach and recruitment in order to enhance accrual to these trials. Through their Pilot Education Program, they will be funding 3 community based organizations to demonstrate the impact of a comprehensive, community-driven outreach and education program to increase awareness about cancer clinical trials, enhance their acceptability, and improve access to them, ultimately increasing patient accrual to cancer clinical trials. They would like to find out if any CCPH members are qualified and interested in serving as the program’s external evaluator. They will be only asking for bids from those with appropriate experience. Please email Margo Michaels regarding your interest and qualifications.

 

YouthNet Invites You to Participate in an Online Discussion

 

YouthNet invites you to participate in an online discussion, "Youth Forum on Pregnancy Prevention in a Time of AIDS," to be held March 15 - April 15, 2005.  You can share your experiences and lessons learned, along with guest experts from the United Nations and other international agencies.  To sign up, send an e-mail with "Youth Forum" in the subject line, and include your name and the country in which you work.  You will receive an e-mail response explaining how the forum will work.  For more information, click here. The forum is sponsored by YouthNet and the INFO Project, in conjunction with the Implementing Best Practices in Reproductive Health (IBP) Initiative, which is coordinated by the World Health Organization.

 

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Calls for Modest Increase in Medical School Enrollment

 

Concerned that America may experience a physician shortage in the next few decades, the AAMC recommended last week that enrollment in U.S. medical schools be increased 15 percent by 2015; this would result in an additional 2,500 M.D. graduates per year. The association also recommended the removal of the current restriction on the number of residency and fellowship positions funded by Medicare in order to ensure that the new U.S. medical school graduates can complete their graduate medical education. A survey of medical school expansion plans, conducted by the AAMC's Center for Workforce Studies in late 2004, shows that many medical schools have already begun to increase their class sizes. Of the 118 allopathic schools that responded to the survey, 31 percent indicated that they were "definitely" or "probably" going to boost first-year enrollment over the next several years. The Center for Workforce Studies will continue to monitor and analyze changes in the physician supply, and will sponsor the first annual Physician Workforce Research Conference, May 5-6 in Washington, D.C. For more information click here.

 

Website and Reports: College Graduation Rates

 

The Education Trust released a new online database called College Results Online. The interactive Web tool allows users to examine graduation rates at virtually any four-year college and university in the nation, broken down by students' race, ethnicity and gender. The Education Trust also released two reports accompanying the release of the online tool. The first report, One Step from the Finish Line: Higher College-Graduation Rates are Within Our Reach, explains College Results Online, guides readers on how to use the Web tool and highlights the strategies of some successful colleges and universities. The second report, Choosing to Improve: Voices from Colleges and Universities with Better Graduation Rates, analyzes the data from College Results Online. Click here to access the tool and read the reports.

 

Summer Research Internship for Students Interested in Studying Neighborhood Poverty and its Impact on Adolescent Behavior

 

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Alabama is offering a summer research internship for students interested in studying neighborhood poverty and its impact on adolescent behavior. Students who participate in the internship, which is in its 8th year, will conduct a survey of adolescents living in public housing and other very low-income neighborhoods in Mobile and Prichard, Alabama. Interns, who may be either undergraduate or graduate students, will be required to live in Mobile between May 16, 2005 and August 5, 2005. For more information, please contact John Bolland. Interested students should send a note indicating their interest and a resume (with names of three references) by April 1, 2005.  Interested faculty should also contact John Bolland.

 

New Science.gov Service Delivers Science Information to Desktops

 

Science.gov, a Web portal for federal science information, now provides a free "Alert" service that delivers information about the most current science developments right to desktops each Monday. Science.gov is made possible by the Science.gov Alliance, a collaboration of 12 federal agencies, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services and the Interior, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Printing Office, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Archives and Records Administration. To sign up click here.

Forum on Securing Funding for Public Health Systems Research (PHSR)

Read about the fourth annual Public Health Systems Research Leadership Forum-convened by the Council at the 2004 APHA Annual Meeting-which focused on how those who conduct, consume, and fund PHSR can collaborate to assure that vital questions are studied. Click here to read about the Forum.

International Clinical Rotation Opportunities from Child Family Health International (CFHI)

 

Medicine in Mexico: Indigenous & Modern Culture Collide

 

Spend 4 or 8 weeks with physicians in Southern Mexico through CFHI’s Clinical Rotation in Oaxaca, Mexico. The city of Oaxaca is host to an amazing mix of cultures and traditions - all reflected by the way that healthcare is practiced and experienced. Spanish courses integrate into the program to bring you closer to understanding medical norms in Mexico, while the proximity to both mountains and beaches make Oaxaca an ideal place to travel after your rotations are complete. Rich in cultural tradition and history, the state of Oaxaca also is one of the poorest in terms of access to healthcare for its citizens. Read more about this program & eligibility here.

 

Healthcare in Ecuador: from Amazon to Beaches

 

Do clinical rotations in a variety of hospitals and clinics through CFHI's Clinical Rotation in Quito, Ecuador. This program is designed to give you insight into the way healthcare is practiced in a developing country. With approx. 80% of Ecuador's population living below the poverty line, the healthcare system is stretched to its max, serving the incredibly diverse communities that make up this geographically stunning and varied country. Read more about this program & eligibility here.

 

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Assistant

 

2 Yr Term Appointment; start date on or about September 1, 2005 Research and Evaluation (Full-Time)

 

Under supervision of the Research Officer, performs a range of research and analytical roles supporting the work of professional staff and affords an excellent opportunity for the incumbent to learn about the fields of health and health care and about health policy and philanthropy. Essential Duties: Assists in analysis of health-related data. Prepares literature searches and reviews to supplement staff presentations and publications.  Assists in the preparation of oral presentations/speeches, written reports and peer-reviewed publications. Assists in preparation of annual RWJF Anthology and organizational performance assessment (Scorecard). Prepares background research for development of new grant-related initiatives. Conducts library and Internet research on national health and health care issues as well as subjects of particular interest to the Foundation. Synthesizes research for internal as well as external use. Click here to read the full job description. Please e-mail your resume, including salary history, and interest letter to our Human Resources Center.

 

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GRANTS ALERT

 

For a complete listing of all current Grant Announcements, click here.

 

Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research

Deadlines: Letters of Intent March 14 – Applications April 14

 

The NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities  has released a request for applications for RFA-MD-05-002, Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research.  The ultimate goal of this RFA is to support intervention research on health disparities that is jointly conducted by communities and researchers. This RFA is inviting applications for a three-year planning grant proposal. The first year of the grant is devoted to partnership development, community needs assessment, identifying the disease/condition for intervention research, and planning the intervention methodology with substantial input from the community. During the second and third year, a pilot intervention research study will be conducted with community participation. This RFA will utilize the NIH resource-related research projects (R24) grant award mechanism. The total amount to be awarded is $4.5 million. The anticipated number of awards is 5-10. Click here for details.

 

Centers of Excellence In Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training

Deadlines: Letters of Intent March 14 – Applications April 14

 

The NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities has released a request for applications for RFA-MD-05-003 Centers of Excellence In Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (Project EXPORT Establishing Exploratory Centers). Letters of Intent are due March 14, 2005 and Applications are due April 14, 2005.

 

The Project EXPORT Centers of Excellence initiative is using the P20 mechanism to:

·         advance the science directed toward reducing, eliminating, or preventing health disparities

·         accelerate the discovery of new interventions and expand the utilization/adaptation of existing evidenced-based interventions for preventing, reducing, or eliminating health disparities

·         increase the number of researchers and professionals from minority and medically underserved populations trained in biomedical and behavioral research

·         increase the quality of the training provided to biomedical and behavioral researchers and professionals conducting research on health disparities

·         increase public trust and the dissemination and utilization of scientific and health information relevant to health disparity populations.

 

Click here for details.

 

Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration for Ethnic and Racial Minorities – Deadline: March 23

 

This grant program is primarily to reduce disparities and improve early detection and treatment for cancer for American Indian (including Alaskan Native, Eskimo and Aleutian), Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries. Demonstration sites will provide services to facilitate cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, helping minority beneficiaries "navigate" the healthcare system in a more timely and informative manner. Screening and diagnosis facilitation services will target four cancers--breast, cervix, colon/rectum and prostate. Treatment facilitation services will target these four cancers and lung cancer. To view the program announcement, click here. For more information, click here. Please address any questions about this matter to CPTDEMO@cms.hhs.gov.

 

Department of Education's 2005 Grant Competition – Deadline: March 25

 

The U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2005 Grant Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking or Violent Behavior Among College Students. The goal of this grant program is to provide funds to develop or enhance, implement, and evaluate campus- and/or community-based prevention and early intervention strategies to prevent high-risk drinking or violent behavior on campus. The Department anticipates awarding an estimated 20 new awards, at an average level of approximately $100,000 to $150,000 per year depending on the scope of work. Projects will be funded for one year with an option for an additional year, contingent upon substantial progress by the grantee and the availability of funds. Please see the Federal Register, the Department's Web site, or the Grant Opportunities page of the Higher Education Center's Web site for more information.

 

CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement Announces Grant Competition – Deadline: March 31

 

CIRCLE has announced a new grant competition for community research conducted by young people.  Teams of youth researchers working in affiliation with a community organization or institution are invited to apply. Research teams can investigate a community issue of their choice. Topics should be chosen by youth researchers and should be responsive to something they think is important and has implications for the community at large. Teams must have a plan for disseminating their findings and an audience (or audiences) they want to target. Visit the CIRCLE Web site for complete program information and application procedures.

 

Fannie Mae Foundation Affordable Housing Fellowship Program – Deadline: April 1

 

The Fannie Mae Foundation, in partnership with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is offering the Fannie Mae Foundation Affordable Housing Fellowship Program to support the professional development of senior public and nonprofit officials committed to affordable housing in the United States. The foundation sponsors up to 35 fellowships for elected and appointed officials, as well as senior mangers in the Program for Senior Executives in state and local governments. The three-week summer program is intended to enhance management and decision-making skills of leaders experienced in managing housing and community development programs. For more information, go to the Fannie Mae Foundation website.

 

Mini-Grant from the National Association of Secondary School Principals – Deadline: April 16

 

The National Association of Secondary School Principals is inviting proposals from public middle level and high schools serving large numbers of low-income students and underrepresented minorities (greater than 40% of student body) to apply for a $5,000 mini-grant to implement a special initiative aimed at strengthening ties between their schools and their students' neighborhoods and communities. They invite principals to submit a proposal that will build bridges between their school faculty and the surrounding community. For more information, click here.  

 

The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Research Grants Program – Deadline: May 2

 

Each year, through the Nursing Research Grants program, ANF provides funds to beginner and experienced nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute toward the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. Awards are given in all areas of nursing, including healthy patient outcomes, health care policy development, critical care, gerontology, women’s health, community and family intervention. The application materials are available here or in PDF form.

 

Office of Child Support Enforcement; Special Improvement Project (SIP) Grants – Deadline: May 3

 

This grant program is primarily to fund a number of special improvement projects, which further the national child support mission to ensure that all children receive financial and medical support from their parents and which strengthen the ability of the nation's child support programs to collect support on behalf of children and families. View the program announcement.

 

Community Participation in Research – Deadlines: May 17, 2005, 2006, 2007

 

A number of federal agencies, including NIH, CDC and AHRQ have collaborated in the release of program announcement PAR-05-026 on

Community Participation in Research. The goal of this PAR is to support research on health promotion, disease prevention, and health disparities

that is jointly conducted by communities and researchers. This PAR invites NIH research project grant (R01) and exploratory/developmental grant (R21) award mechanisms. Click here for details.

 

 

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CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

 

For a complete listing of all current Calls For Submissions, click here.

 

Call for Proposal Submissions for 2005 Aboriginal Education Research Forum – Deadline: March 15

 

The Conference theme is “What is Aboriginal research, and: What does it mean to Aboriginal communities?” and will take place June 1-3, 2005 in Winnipeg, Canada.  Invited proposal topics include: Sharing/collaborative and/or linking partnership approaches to Indigenous research, Community benefits from research processes, Discussions of Research Methodologies that engage Aboriginal peoples and communities. Click here to visit the Conference website link.

 

Physician Training Award in Preventive Medicine: American Cancer Society – Deadline: April 1

 

The American Cancer Society, the largest not-for-profit funding source for cancer research in the United States, invites applications from qualified institutions for the Physician Training Award in Preventive Medicine. This award is designed to support the training of physicians in preventive medicine with an emphasis on cancer prevention and control. The objective of the award is to increase the number of preventive medicine residency programs offering high quality training in cancer prevention and control, and, ultimately, the number of preventive medicine specialists engaged full or part-time in cancer prevention and control.

To apply online and for complete program details, please click here.

 

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF ) Urban Health Policy Fellowship – Deadline: April 1

 

The CBCF is currently accepting applications for the 2005-06 Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Program (CBCF-LSUHPFP). CBCF-LSUHPFP is a leadership development program designed for health policy professionals who, through original research, advanced legislative training and health policy analysis, will significantly aid efforts to eliminate health disparities in the United States and abroad. The primary aims of CBCF-LSUHPFP are to: Increase the pool of qualified ethnic health policy professionals by targeting the next generation of leaders. Facilitate the collaboration of health organizations and governmental agencies to develop health policy and legislation designed to eliminate health disparities. Inform the Congressional Black Caucus and United States House of Representatives Health Agenda about issues related to and ways to address health disparities. To request an application, visit the CBCF website or contact Judy Lubin.

 

Call for Abstracts for the 2005 Linkages Award - Deadline: April 8

 

Through the annual Linkages Award, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice recognizes exemplary community-based collaborative activities between public health practice agencies and institutions of higher learning. This year's award is focused on efforts to better recruit and retain public health workers. Eligible awardees are involved in a partnership between an academic institution and a public health agency or organization and have worked collaboratively to encourage individuals to pursue public health careers.  Call for Abstracts

 

American Geriatrics Society Announces Education for Specialty Residents - Deadline: April 8

 

The American Geriatrics Society, in keeping with its efforts to help develop leaders in the geriatrics aspects of their disciplines, is seeking proposals for the Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents (GESR) component of its Increasing Expertise in Geriatrics for Surgical and Related Medical Specialties project. The program, which is funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, addresses the urgent need to create a structure for developing leaders in geriatrics in academic surgery and related medical specialties. For additional information and to download an application form, visit the AGS Web site.

 

CUexpo2005 Call for Session Proposals – Deadline: April 29

 

The conference theme is Community-University Research Partnerships, Leaders in Urban Change and will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on September 15 - 18, 2005. The conference is hosted by the Winnipeg Inner City Research Alliance and Quest. CUexpo2005 will seek to strengthen the understanding of, and support for, the unique and diverse nature of action-oriented research involving innovative collaboration between University and community partners. They are currently accepting applications for breakout session proposals, from a wide range of participants, on a wide variety of issues, taking diverse approaches to sharing ideas and information. The Call for Session Proposals and Application may be found on the website. Winnipeg Inner city Research Alliance

 

 

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PUBLICATIONS

 

Afterschool Nutrition Education Curricula

 

The Food Research and Action Center has new afterschool which has a list of nutrition education curricula and includes local models. Almost all of them are available on the web for free.

 

Center for Health Care Strategies Library

 

The Center for Health Care Strategies promotes high quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Check out their newly published bibliography of papers produced for community based organizations, state health care purchasers, and managed care organizations. All publications listed have a summary and are available as pdf files.

 

Housing and Urban Development's 10th Anniversary Publication Available

 

The 10th anniversary publication of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of University of Partnerships is now out and on the web.

The publication is titled "The Power of Partnership: Celebrating 10 Years 1994—2004 Community Outreach Partnership Centers."  Topics covered in the publication include: 1. Empowering Local Communities; 2. Improving Local Communities; 3. Improving the Quality of Education; 4. Helping HUD Fulfill Its Mission; and 5. Improving Relations Between Campus and Community. For more information, click here.

 

Journal Examines Racial and Ethnic Differences in School Readiness

 

The Spring 2005 issue of the Future of Children, titled School Readiness: Closing Racial and Ethnic Gaps, focuses on children's lives before they begin school in an effort to understand how to close racial and ethnic gaps in educational outcomes. The volume is the first joint publication of the Future of Children by the Brookings Institution and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. The journal articles discuss the following eight topics as they relate to school readiness: (1) testing of children at school entry, (2) family socioeconomic resources, (3) genetics, (4) neuroscience perspectives, (5) low birthweight, (6) health disparities, (7) parenting, and (8) early childhood care and education. The executive summary and full text are available. For pdf version, click here.

 

National Partnership to Help Pregnant Women Smokers Quit - Focus on Native American Community

 

For Native American women, tobacco's ceremonial role in the community plays a large part in their decision to begin smoking. American Indians/Alaska Natives have the highest rates of smoking during pregnancy than any other ethnic group in the United States. That said, there is a critical need to reach these women with effective tobacco cessation interventions. The National Partnership to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit is committed to reaching out to Native American communities to increase cessation training for providers and to make resources available where they are needed the most. Recently, the National Partnership's Healthcare Provider working group completed a needs assessment with American Indian/Alaska Native healthcare providers to gather information on the types of culturally appropriate cessation materials they are using. The results of the needs assessment will be highlighted in an upcoming Action Plan for providers who work with Native Americans. The Action Plan will include case studies from model Tribal cessation programs across the country, and results from focus groups with both pregnant women and clinicians. There also will be a resource CD featuring culturally appropriate brochures, posters, and other educational materials for use in the Native American community. More than 5,000 of these posters have been distributed since March 2004 - evidence that there is a significant need for materials that speak directly to the Native American Community. For more information on the National Partnership's outreach to Native Americans, contact Catherine Rohweder.

 

New Tool Identifies Key Elements of Effective Treatment for Adolescents with Alcohol Problems

 

What to Look for in a Treatment Program: Nine Elements of Effective Alcohol Treatment for Adolescents identifies common themes among treatments that are most effective in helping adolescents with alcohol problems. The research-based information tool was published by Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems at the George Washington University Medical Center with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The information was drawn from an evaluation of a broad spectrum of treatment programs and approaches conducted by Data Strategies. The tool presents a discussion of the approaches used by a Wisconsin treatment program, followed by a description of nine key elements of effective treatment identified by Data Strategies. The nine elements include (1) assessment and treatment matching, (2) comprehensive integrated treatment approach, (3) family involvement in treatment, (4) developmentally appropriate program, (5) engage and retain adolescents in treatment, (6) qualified staff, (7) gender and cultural competence, (8) continuing care, and (9) treatment outcomes. The tool is intended for use by policymakers, employers, and others to help curb the avoidable health care and other costs associated with alcohol use and to improve access to treatment. The tool is available online or as a pdf. More information about different adolescent treatment programs is available. More information about the risks posed by adolescent alcohol problems is available.

 

Report Focuses on the Health and Well-Being of Young Children in Immigrant Families

 

The Health and Well-Being of Young Children of Immigrants examines research on the health and well-being of children ages 6 and younger in immigrant families (those with at least one parent born outside the United States). The report was published by the Urban Institute with support from the Foundation for Child Development and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It is divided into six broad sections: ( 1) immigration trends and impacts; (2) poverty, family structure, and parents' work; (3) risk factors for poor school performance among young children of immigrants; (4) hardship and benefit use among young children of immigrants; (5) health status and insurance coverage; and (6) child care arrangements. The report offers several conclusions and raises issues for further research. A summary, notes, references, figures, and tables are also presented. The report is available also available as a pdf.

 

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CONTACT EDITOR

 

Email the PM editor: ccphpm@u.washington.edu

 

PARTNERSHIP MATTERS

Edited by Annika Robbins

Copyright ©2005 by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

All rights reserved.

 

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COMPLETE LISTING OF ALL CURRENT GRANTS ALERT

 

New Grants Alert announced in this newsletter are noted with an asterisk (*).

 

Prescription for Health Program Grants – Deadline: March 7

 

Proposals requested for grants from the Prescription for Health program, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The grant will support two years of practice-based, primary-care research networks in developing creative, practical strategies for advocating positive health-related behaviors among patients. Projects should focus on preventing sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets, tobacco use, and risky use of alcohol. http://www.prescriptionforhealth.org

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Prescription for Health - Round 2 – Deadline: March 7

 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced Round 2 of funding for Prescription for Health: Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Primary Care Research Networks. This five-year national program is designed to develop, test, evaluate and disseminate creative, practical strategies to promote healthy behaviors in primary care practices by targeting four behaviors: lack of physical activity, poor diet, tobacco use and risky use of alcohol. The program is in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Up to nine 24-month grants of up to $300,000 will be awarded in this round of funding.  For more information about Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks and eligibility, please visit http://www.prescriptionforhealth.org

 

* Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research - Deadlines: Letters of Intent March 14 – Applications April 14  Details

 

* Centers of Excellence In Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training - Deadlines: Letters of Intent March 14 – Applications April 14  Details

 

The Charles Frueauff Foundation 2005 Grants - Deadline: March 15, Sept 15

 

The Charles Frueauff Foundation focuses on at-risk youths in all its funding categories: education, health, and social services. Tutoring, sexual-health and job-training initiatives receive preference. Other funding priorities include welfare-to-work programs, inadequate day-care systems, and economic-development initiatives. http://www.frueaufffoundation.com

 

Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) – Deadline: March 21

 

Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-020305-002. The MSEIP is designed to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at predominantly minority institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into scientific and technological careers. http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-020305-002/Grant.html

 

Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration for Ethnic and Racial Minorities – Deadline: March 22

 

Funding Opportunity Number: CMS-5036-N. The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medcaid Services, is soliciting proposals from interested parties to implement and operate cooperative agreement demonstration projects. These demonstration projects will focus on new and innovative intervention models that improve the quality of items and services provided to target individuals in order to facilitate reduced disparities in early detection and treatment of cancer; improve clinical outcomes, satisfaction, quality of life, and appropriate use of Medicare-covered services and referral patterns among those target individuals with cancer; eliminate disparities in the rate of preventive cancer screening measures, such as pap smears and prostate cancer screenings, among target individuals; and promote collaboration with community-based organizations to ensure cultural competency of health care professionals and linguistic access for persons with limited English proficiency.  Each project will stress the use of evidence-based, culturally competent models that will target efforts to decrease risk factors and increase screening rates and access to treatment and survival for cancers of the breast, cervix, colon, or prostate. For details, visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/researchers/demos/CPTD/default.asp

 

* Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration for Ethnic and Racial Minorities – Deadline: March 23  Details

 

* Department of Education's 2005 Grant Competition – Deadline: March 25  Details

 

Youth Violence Prevention through Community-Level Change – Deadline: March 30

 

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC-RFA-CE05-020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Procurement and Grants Office has published a program announcement entitled, Youth Violence Prevention through Community-Level Change. The purpose of the program is to assess the efficacy or effectiveness of interventions designed to change community characteristics and social processes to reduce rates of youth violence perpetration and victimization. For complete program details, please see the full announcement on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/grantmain.htm.

 

* CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement Announces Grant Competition – Deadline: March 31  Details

 

* Fannie Mae Foundation Affordable Housing Fellowship Program – Deadline: April 1  Details

 

Massage Therapy Foundation Grants – Deadline: April 1

 

Applications are being accepted for community-service grants from the Massage Therapy Foundation. One-year grants will support organizations that provide massage-therapy treatment alternatives to communities that have little or no access to such services. http://www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/grants_community.html

 

Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research – 2005 – Deadline: April 1

 

The Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funds highly qualified individuals to undertake broad studies of America's most challenging policy issues in health and health care. Grants of up to $275,000 are awarded to investigators from a variety of disciplines. Successful proposals combine creative and conceptual thinking with innovative approaches to critical health problems and policy issues.  Applicants must be affiliated either with educational institutions or with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ihhcpar.rutgers.edu/rwjf/call_for_applications.asp

 

Peer Educator Training Sites and the Resource and Evaluation Center - Deadline: April 1

 

This cooperative agreement will be awarded to eligible entities to provide nationwide peer education and training and other technical assistance to increase the number of HIV/AIDS peer treatment educators within Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act funded programs. Funds will also support a Resource and Evaluation Center (REC) which will coordinate and maintain a central repository of training materials, assist in dissemination of successful training strategies, and evaluate outcomes of the PETS program. http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/HHS/HRSA/GAC/HRSA-05-038/Grant.html

 

Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements Targeting Ryan White Care Act Title IV Grantees - Deadline: April 2

 

This Cooperative Agreement is intended to assist in providing training and technical assistance to Ryan White CARE Act Title IV grantees and other programs with an interest in improving access to primary medical care, research and support services for HIV-infected infants, children, youth, and women and their affected families. Applicants will assist the grantees in understanding and putting into action the requirements of the CARE Act and research based best practices for high quality, comprehensive HIV primary care and support service delivery to people living with HIV/AIDS. http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/HHS/HRSA/GAC/HRSA-05-042/Grant.html

 

* Mini-Grant from the National Association of Secondary School Principals – Deadline: April 16  Details

 

* The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Research Grants Program – Deadline: May 2  Details

 

* Office of Child Support Enforcement; Special Improvement Project (SIP) Grants – Deadline: May 3  Details

 

* Community Participation in Research – Deadlines: May 17, 2005, 2006, 2007 Details

 

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health - Deadlines: June 1, Nov 1

 

The NLM Grants are awarded for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to US health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, and historians of the health sciences. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-025.html

 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Funding Announcement – Deadline: June 22

 

AHRQ has announced ongoing extramural grants for research, demonstration, dissemination, and evaluation projects.  For more information, please visit http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/HHS/AHRQ/AHRQ/PA-00-111/Grant.html. AHRQ has a database at http://www.gold.ahrq.gov/ through which you may access abstracts for active AHRQ grants in your state.

 

Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health – Deadline: Multiple

 

Funding Opportunity Number: PA-05-029 The ultimate goal of this National Institutes of Health program announcement is to encourage the development of health research that integrates knowledge from the biomedical and social sciences. This announcement invites applications to (a) elucidate basic social and cultural constructs and processes used in health research, (b) clarify social and cultural factors in the etiology and consequences of health and illness, (c) link basic research to practice for improving prevention, treatment, health services, and dissemination, and (d) explore ethical issues in social and cultural research related to health. - This program announcement is a re-issuance and revision of PA-02-043. The PHS 398 application instructions are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html in an interactive format. For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, Telephone (301) 435-0714, E-mail: GrantsInfo@nih.gov. Link to Full Announcement http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-05-029.html

 

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COMPLETE LISTING OF ALL CURRENT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

 

New Calls for Submissions announced in this newsletter are noted with an asterisk (*).

 

* Call for Proposal Submissions for 2005 Aboriginal Education Research Forum – Deadline: March 15  Details

 

International Health-Promoting Universities Conference Call for Abstracts – Deadline: March 31

 

The conference will take place October 3-6, 2005 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It will promote a comprehensive approach to the creation and maintenance of health-promoting universities and colleges from the perspective of people in all areas of campus life. The conference will profile research, programs, and projects that contribute to healthy work, study, and living environments at universities and colleges. http://www.healthyuconference.ualberta.ca/

 

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) Announces Two New Opportunities for PostDocs - Deadline: March 31

 

EPA's ORD is seeking candidates to fill approximately nine federal, four-year post-doctoral research positions. Recent initiatives at ORD facilities have promoted the conduct of cross-cutting research across the different ORD Labs and Centers in the areas of human environmental exposure-effects and ecosystems. In the human health area, the overall mission for the cross-ORD post-docs will be to move forward more quickly the development and application of exposure, dose and health effects assessment methods or models. In the ecosystems research area, the cross-ORD post-docs will focus on advancing the spatial analyses methods and on their application to water quality, ecological forecasting problems, and linkages between economic drivers and landscape conditions. http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/jobs_ord.htm

 

Minority Medical Student Fellowship in HIV Psychiatry Application - Deadline: March 31

 

This new program is intended to identify minority medical students who have primary interests in services related to HIV/AIDS and substance abuse and its relationship to the mental health or psychological well being of ethnic minorities.  For more information contact Carol Svoboda at (703) 907-8642, csvoboda@psych.org or Diane Pennessi at (703) 907-8668, dpennessi@psych.org. http://www.psych.org/edu/other_res/apa_fellowship/MedStudTravApp04.pdf

 

* Physician Training Award in Preventive Medicine: American Cancer Society – Deadline: April 1  Details

 

* Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF ) Urban Health Policy Fellowship – Deadline: April 1  Details

 

2005 Mutual of America Community Partnership Award – Deadline: April 1

 

The aim of the Community Partnership Award is to spotlight the important contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Each of the award recipients must demonstrate the difference the partnership has made, show the ability of the partnership to be replicated and to stimulate new ideas in addressing social issues, as well as illustrate the partnership’s commitment to advancing the mission and principles of the organization. http://www.mutualofamerica.com/MOAframe.asp?Main=about/Description.asp&ButHit=about

 

* Call for Abstracts for the 2005 Linkages Award - Deadline: April 8  Details

 

* American Geriatrics Society Announces Education for Specialty Residents - Deadline: April 8  Details

 

Call for Proposals for Presentations at the Humanitarianism Throughout the World: The Life, Ideas and Enduring Legacy of Dr. Albert Schweitzer Conference - Deadline: April 15

 

The Conference is scheduled for October 28-29, 2005 in Hamden, Connecticut at Quinnipiac University. Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost authority on chimpanzees and a United Nations ambassador for peace, will deliver the keynote address. Submissions on the topics of theology, environment, health, peace and humanitarian values are welcome, as are papers concerning the concept of “reverence for life,” the idea Dr. Schweitzer felt was his main contribution to the world. Send proposals or inquires to David Ives at david.ives@quinnipiac.edu.

 

Articles on Social Exclusion, Gender and Conflict Needed for International Development Journal – Deadline: April 15

 

Women for Women International, a non-profit, humanitarian organization, seeks submissions for the autumn 2005 edition of its bi-annual academic journal, Critical Half, about economic, social, and political issues as they relate to women in international development and post-conflict societies. This issue of the journal will focus on the manifestation of social exclusion during and after conflict with special attention to gender issues. It is important to understand the role that gender plays in social exclusion and the effect that it has on women, as they understand women's experiences to be a barometer for the rest of society. They will look at various manifestations of exclusion in conflict and post-conflict settings: economic, social, cultural, and political, as well as strategies designed to extend opportunities for participation that are shared equitably between men and women. For more information, visit www.womenforwomen.org or contact Corey Oser.

 

Abraham Horwitz Award for Leadership in Inter-American Health – Deadline: April 15

 

The Foundation is accepting nominations for the Horwitz Award. Nominees must be individuals whose professional achievement in any field of inter-American health stimulates excellence, and has impacted the health of populations across the borders of the Americas. They may be active in their careers, active though in formal retirement or retired having demonstrated an outstanding lifetime career. The complete call for nominations can be found at http://www.paho.org/English/PAHEF/horwitz.htm. To make a nomination, please submit and address a letter of introduction on official letterhead and a completed nomination form http://www.paho.org/English/PAHEF/2005horwitzform.doc. For more information, email: info@pahef.org.

 

* CUexpo2005 Call for Session Proposals – Deadline: April 29  Details

 

Health Professional Education Call for Abstracts – Deadline: April 30

 

Patient/client centered care has become an espoused rule for 21st century health care. Health Professional Education needs to reflect this partnership. Join your interprofessional colleagues at this important conference to establish a vision for health professional education in which patients play an active role that models trends in practice. Participants are invited to present examples of collaborative projects between educators and patient/community groups at the “Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Health Professional Education?” Conference to be held November 3-5, 2005 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. http://www.health-disciplines.ubc.ca/DHCC

 

Call for Papers – Deadline: June 30

 

Proposed entries requested for a two-volume encyclopedia on racial and ethnic social justice in the United States. Contact A. Aguirre Jr. at Aguirre@citrus.ucr.edu.

 

Calls for Submissions for Joint Conference – Deadline: Multiple, see below 

 

The National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials have announced their 2005 Joint Conference July 12-15 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Particular attention will be focused on the prevention of obesity and related chronic diseases. Call for Panels in Public Health Systems Research – Deadline: February 18. Abstract submissions – Deadline: March 4. More information is available at http://www.astho.org and http://www.naccho.org.

 

Call for Papers for COMM-ORG – Deadline: Ongoing

 

COMM-ORG is the On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development. Are you writing a paper, thesis, or dissertation on: community organizing, community development, community planning, community-based research, and/or a related area? COMM-ORG is looking for papers to post on the COMM-ORG Papers page.  All papers are posted on the COMM-ORG website and announced on its accompanying list-serve, which reaches over 1000 people across more than a dozen nations. They welcome discussion of all papers on the list-serve and encourage our members to also send comments directly to authors. To submit a paper, contact the editor, Randy Stoecker, at randy@comm-org.utoledo.edu. You can also find out more at http://comm-org.utoledo.edu/callpapers.htm

 

 

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