The Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative’s (SHERC) Community Engagement Core has opened the seventh round of its Community-Campus Partnership Support (CCPS) applications.
CCPS funding is dedicated to developing relationships between NAU faculty, from all disciplines that can contribute to health equity, and their community partners.
Applications are due by October 15 at 5 p.m. Since July 2018, CCPS has funded 16 partnerships through bi-annual competitive application rounds totaling more than $70,000.
Funded CCPS partnership development projects have addressed maternal-child health, substance use disorders, disability inclusion and access, community access to healthy foods, disease prevention, rural health, mental health, foster care youth, care services coordination, environmental health, violence prevention, and housing.
According to Community Engagement Core (CEC) Lead Nicolette Teufel-Shone, associate director of the Center for Health Equity Research and professor in the Department of Health Sciences, a critical part of community partnerships with university investigators is developing trust, which takes an investment of time and often money to allow potential partners to meet face-to-face or even to travel to a conference together gaining information on common interests as a way to inspire collaborative projects that advance health equity.
Since developing trust is integral to project success, partners must spend the funding on relationship building efforts and not on research activities. Recipients of CCPS funding can design a proposal for future submission to the SHERC Pilot Project Program (PPP).
For more information, visit the CCPS Round 7 funding opportunity announcement for application guidelines and eligibility requirements on the CCPS website.
The PPP receives funding from the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative at Northern Arizona University (U54MD012388), which is sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).