Call for Faculty Mini-Grant Proposals

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                                                                 COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
      NEBRASKA’S HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER                            Master of Public Health Program



              Call for Faculty Mini-Grant Proposals

               Service Learning to Address Health Disparities

                                Due February 25, 2008

The Master of Public Health Program, with funding through the Campus Community
Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is pleased to call for Service Learning to Address Health
Disparities mini-grant proposals that demonstrate integration of service-learning with
community based organizations, particularly ones that address health disparities. The purpose of
these mini-grants is to increase faculty awareness and expertise in service-learning to help reduce
health disparities and to increase students’ motivation and ability to serve the community.
Three proposals will be funded for $2000 each.

Proposals are due by February 25th, 2008. Recipients of funding will be notified by March
10th, 2008.

Grant funds can be used to serve one of two primary purposes. 1) To integrate a service
learning project, with a community partner, into one of your courses. 2) To participate in a
service learning faculty development opportunity.

Proposal Format

Proposals should be no more than three pages (including budget) and contain the following
information:

If you plan on integrating a service learning component into your course:
       Purpose of project
       Potential outcomes as linked to course learning objectives.
       Brief project description
       Name and contact information of proposed community partner organization(s) and
       contact person.
       Budget outlining planned expenses.
       Attached draft or previous course syllabus which you intend to enhance with this project.

If you plan on participating in a service learning faculty development opportunity:
       Name of seminar or conference you plan on attending
       Date of seminar or conference
       Location of seminar or conference                                                              Formatted: Spanish
                                                                                                      (Spain-Traditional Sort)
                  982178 Nebraska Medical Center / Omaha, NE 68198-2178
                            402-561-7566 / FAX: 402-561-7599
       Brief description of what you seek to gain from the experience
       Budget outlining planned expenses
       Attach flyer or printed advertisement of seminar or conference

Funds can be used for:

If you plan on integrating a service learning component into your course:
       Supplies
       Teaching materials
       Travel (transportation for students, professional skill development
       Miscellaneous project costs

If you plan on participating in a service learning faculty development seminar:
       Travel (air fair, lodging, transportation at event, etc…)
       Seminar or conference fees
       Miscellaneous travel costs

Funds cannot be used for (federal guidelines):

       Student Stipends
       Equipment
       Food provided to participants during training
       Religious activities (instruction, conducting worship services, proselytizing)
       Union activities (organizing, promoting, deterring); impairing contracts of collective
       bargaining agreements
       Political activities (financing election of public official)Impair contracts of collective
       bargaining agreements

Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

If you plan on integrating a service learning project into your course:
       Integration of components of service learning
           o Community participants involved with project design
           o Students take considerable responsibility for coordination and implementation of
               project
           o Instructor available for support, mentoring, and encouragement
           o Reflection built into project
           o Results of project made available to community participants in a public forum
       Attendance at training seminar
       Project focused on health disparities
       Faculty willing to orient community participants
       Project elements explained in course syllabus
       Mini-grant recipients will be expected to develop an understanding of the culture and
       composition of the community, and help develop the cohort of mini-grant recipients to
       better understand the mission, activities, and organizational cultures of selected
       community-based organizations and create service-learning curriculum responsive to the
       needs of community organizations addressing health disparities
If you plan on participating in a service learning faculty development seminar:
       The degree to which seminar or conference is focused on service learning to address
       health disparities.
       Ability to show desire to gain from the experience

Proposal Submission:

Please submit electronic applications by February 25th, 2008 to Dr. Alice Schumaker, MPH
Program Director, c/o Jessica Tschirren, MPH Program Coordinator jtschirren@unmc.edu