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UGA: Student Mini-grant Program Builds Community Connections, Research Skills

The University of Georgia College of Public Health has awarded mini-grants to four student-led community outreach projects focused on addressing health disparities in Athens-Clarke County (ACC).

Nearly $3,400 in funding was distributed for the projects through a new experiential learning program called “Community Mini-Grants for Inclusion, Research, and Engagement”, launched in Fall 2018 by the College faculty’s Diversity Committee.

The program, allows students to gain experience in grant proposal writing.  This includes identifying a problem or need, thinking through the logistics of research design, identifying and developing stakeholders in the community, and mapping out ways to implement research and outreach.

The four winning teams, each led by a faculty mentor, were announced in January 2019. Their projects will help connect Medicaid-insured patients connect to health care providers, engage young fathers’ support in breastfeeding practices, explore the benefits school-based health centers and improve lead contamination monitoring in ACC schools.

“Clarke County has many diverse communities. One of the core problems these communities have in common is lack of access to key resources such as adequate housing, food, and healthcare. These barriers to access are often caused by discrimination and income inequality,” Diversity Committee member Dr. Sarah DeYoung said.

Through these projects, CPH students will build their research skills but contribute to larger efforts aimed at helping the community of Athens thrive.

“[CPH] students can serve as a resource for community organizations,” Dr. DeYoung said. “And community-based organizations can teach new skills to the students.”

Learn more about the 2019 mini-grant program and awardees.