241850 CBPR seed-grants: Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities program to develop strong collaborative research teams and projects

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Benjamin Rucker , Chinese Mutual Aid Association, ARCC Steering Committee Member, Chicago, IL
Olusegun Ogunleye, MHA , ARCC Steering Committee Member, Office of Community Health - Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, Dolton, IL
Roxane Medina, BS , ARCC Steering Committee Member, Roberto Clemente High School-Preventative Health Manager/Youth Empowering Strategies (Y.E.S.!), Chicago, IL
Darby Morhardt, MSW LSCW , ARCC Steering Committee Member, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH , ARCC Steering Committee Member, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Karriem Watson, MD, MPH, MS, CCRC , ARCC Steering Committee Member, University of Illinois at Chicago Neurosurgery, Chicago, IL
Gina Curry, BS , Sisters Working It Out NFP (SWIO), Chicago, IL
Josefina Serrato, BA , ARCC Community-Campus Coordinator, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Maryann Mason, PhD , ARCC Faculty-Community Research Liaison, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Jen Kauper-Brown, MPH , ARCC Director, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Community and academic partners face barriers to participating in community-engaged research including limited dedicated staff, faculty time, financial resources, community-engaged research knowledge/experience, institutional policies, and access to partner networks. The mission of the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) is to grow equitable and collaborative partnerships between Chicago area communities and Northwestern University (NU) for research that leads to measureable improvement in community health. To reduce barriers and promote community-based participatory research (CBPR), ARCC developed a seed grant program (SGP) to provide resources to local community-academic partnerships. The SGP funds partnership building grants and CBPR implementation grants. To date, 3 rounds of seed grants have been funded. Seed grants range from $10-$30,000 over 12-24 months. In all, 16 grants have been funded for a total of $300,000. A 4th round will be funded in Fall 2011. The SGP has evolved during successive rounds, based on input and feedback from community and faculty partners, seed grantees, reviewers, university administrators and finance offices. The SGP has evidence based increased capacity and created a learning community among community and academic grantees, leading to community and academic publications, additional internal and external grants, and raising the profile of the CBPR approach at NU and in Chicago. ARCC staff and seed grant recipients will describe the process and structure of the program; recipient outcomes, successes, and challenges; and the influence of the SGP on communities and universities.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the architecture and functionality of a seed grant program for community and academic partners using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. Discuss lessons learned and challenges faced. Identify unexpected outcomes of the seed grant program.

Keywords: Funding, Community Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am a recipient of an ARCC seed grant.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.