Two Team Projects Earn U-M Community Engagement Grants for Interprofessional Education

This new third round of joint funding with the Ginsberg Center supports collaborative work on health equity in local communities.

Amid challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and other social issues in the 2020-21 school year, two University of Michigan teams have been awarded Community Engagement Grants for Interprofessional Education in the program’s third round of funding. The grants are awarded annually through a partnership between the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education and the U-M Edward Ginsberg Center. To be eligible for the grants of up to $5,000, teams 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 2021 have projects that are designed to benefit communities and support interprofessional student learning. They are:

Investigating Coronavirus Vaccination Intentions Among Vulnerable Populations
Lisa Lapeyrouse, UM-Flint College of Health Sciences; Kristin Klein, College of Pharmacy; Benjamin Gaydos, UM-Flint College of Arts and Sciences; Jim Milanowski, Genesee Health Plan; Aurora Sauceda, Latinos United for Flint.

Advancing Health Equity through Continuing Education: Implicit and Unconscious Bias in Healthcare Course
Ebbin Dotson, U-M School of Public Health; Kevin Jones, Medical School Department of Pharmacology; Trisha Zizumbo, Oakland Community Health Network; Kimson Johnson, U-M PhD Candidate.

“These projects are highly relevant to major health equity challenges highlighted by the pandemic, because they address issues around implicit and unconscious bias and the complexity of vaccine intentions and reluctance,” said Vani Patterson, Assistant Director of the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education. “We are grateful for our partnership with the Ginsberg Center that facilitates such important interprofessional work to benefit our local communities.”

“We are excited to partner again 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.”

This funding program was 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.