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Community-engaged scholars program to
launch in 2009
The Center for Community Health Partnerships, located in the College of
Nursing, participated in a national initiative that will help develop
innovative faculty models for community engaged scholarship.
This three-day effort is a component of Faculty for the Engaged Campus
(FEC), an initiative of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health in
partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and
the University of Minnesota. The three-year effort is supported in part
by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
(FIPSE) in the U.S. Department of Education.
In May, Team MUSC, representing the Center for Community Health
Partnerships, was among 20 teams that were selected from more than 100
applicants nationwide to attend the event in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The MUSC team included Jeannette Andrews, Ph.D., College of Nursing and
director, Center for Community Health Partnerships; Marvella Ford,
Ph.D., associate director, Cancer Disparities, Hollings Cancer Center,
and Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology;
Sabra Slaughter, Ph.D., chief of staff to the president; and, community
partner, Otha Meadows, director, Charleston Trident Urban League.
As a result of participation in this initiative, the Center for
Community Health Partnerships, led by the four participants, will
initiate a Community Engaged Scholars Program. This program will
provide training, pilot funds and mentorship for four academic
researchers and four community partners annually who have interests in
community based participatory research. The goal of this program is to
increase the capacity of academic-community partnerships to conduct
research, and ultimately, improve the health of communities in South
Carolina and beyond.
The Community Engaged Scholars Program is expected to begin in 2009.
For information in participating on the planning committee for the
Community Engaged Scholars Program, contact Andrews at email@example.com
Friday, July 11, 2008
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