Seven public health projects recently received support from the Mutual Fund and Collaborative Projects Programs in the COPH. A total of $110,000 was awarded by Dean Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH, and the Great Plains Public Health Training Center. The COPH is firmly committed to the principles and practice of community engagement and collaboration as a means for promoting and protecting the public’s health. The Mutual Fund and Collaborative Projects programs can be leveraged to support public health activities across the spectrum: education, capacity building, and workforce development; service and essential supports; community-engaged research and translation; and policy development.
The projects are designed to stimulate collaboration between COPH faculty, students, and community partners to address existing and emerging public health issues that will ultimately improve access and health outcomes. “These start-up funds encourage meaningful and mutually beneficial initiatives to advance community health and well-being through trustworthy relationships between academia and the community. By leveraging these resources, communities locally and statewide will receive the greatest impact,” Dr. El-Mohandes said. The projects were selected following a review process and reflect a diverse portfolio of joint campus-community initiatives.
The 2012-2013 Mutual Fund recipients include the following:
- Characterization of Occupational Hazards and Social Justice Issues among Latino Workers in Omaha.
- Regulating Alcohol Outlet Density to Reduce Excessive Alcohol Consumption.
- Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH) Cost Study Project.
The 2012-2013 Great Plains Public Health Training Center recipients include the following:
- Characterization of Indoor Air Quality in Residences and Schools on the Winnebago Reservation.
- Nebraska Adult Sexual Literacy Project (NASLiP).
- Douglas County Department of Corrections HIV Opt-In Testing Pilot Project.
- Health Policy Short Course for Local Health Departments in Nebraska.