Congratulations to Awardees of U-M Community Engagement Grants for Interprofessional Education!

The second annual round of funding supports new and continuing projects in local communities.

Two University of Michigan teams have been awarded Community Engagement Grants for Interprofessional Education in the second year of this funding. The grants are awarded annually by a partnership between the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education and the U-M Edward Ginsberg Center. Teams eligible for the grants of up to $5000 must represent at least two different U-M schools, and include at least one of the current or past Interprofessional Leadership (IPL) Fellows

The two teams of awardees selected for 2019 have projects that promise to benefit communities and support interprofessional student learning.They are: 

Expansion of an Academic-Community Partnership with the Ann Arbor Housing Commission and the University of Michigan: Sarah Vordenberg, Antoinette Coe and Karen Farris, College of Pharmacy; Erin Khang, School of Social Work and Michigan Medicine; TBD, School of Nursing; and community partners at Ann Arbor Housing Commission.

Developing Community IPE Care Models via Pharmacy, Dental, and Dietetic Students at Cranbrook Tower: Olivia Anderson, School of Public Health; Stephanie Munz and Diane Chang, School of Dentistry; Paul Walker and Caitlin Ferguson, College of Pharmacy; and community partners at Cranbrook Tower.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Ginsberg Center and resulting efforts to move IPE into community settings,” said Vani Patterson, Assistant Director of the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education. “This is a great opportunity for U-M to lead in the community health space while also providing people with high-quality, collaborative care.”

“We are excited to partner with the Center for Interprofessional Education,” said Mary Jo Callan, Director of the Edward Ginsberg Center. “These projects demonstrate that U-M can support student learning and interdisciplinary practice while benefiting community partners, and we hope for additional collaborative efforts between the Ginsberg Center and the Center for IPE.”

These grants were designed to engage faculty interested in advancing their scholarship and community impact, while enhancing the capacity of social sector community partners and communities through substantial, reciprocal engagement. Funding proposals were invited for teaching, research, and other educational activities focused on advancing equity and decreasing economic and racial disparities in Washtenaw County, Detroit, and other Southeast Michigan communities, especially in the areas of education, employment, and housing.