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February 29, 2012

Community-Campus Network Meeting


Community-Campus Network presents:
Program Evaluation Example #4: Building Community Connections in the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) with Faculty and Staff from CFANS.

March 7, 12-1:30
Morrill Hall, room 300
(for a map, go to http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/MorH/ )
RSVP to axtel002@umn.edu

Please join us for all of our Network meetings this year, 12:00-1:30 on the following days:

April 4: Recommendations from the Public Engagement Metrics Committee (PEMC)
May 2: Aligning Your Program's Metrics with PEMC

CURA Housing Forum - The Big Picture Project: Addressing Affordable Housing Along the Central Corridor

CURA Housing Forum - The Big Picture Project: Addressing Affordable Housing Along the Central Corridor

The arrival of light rail transit along the Central Corridor is a game-changer. This billion dollar infrastructure investment will bring many other investments, providing both opportunities and challenges. A unified housing strategy for the whole corridor would not only attract millions of investment dollars, but could also stabilize existing housing stock, preserve affordable rentals, and make sure new development projects improve the quality of life for residents in the surrounding neighborhoods. Come find out what we found agreement on, how those agreements turn into action, and what the rest of the region can learn from this work. This event will be held March 2, 2012 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM in Hanson Hall, Room 1-103.

The speaker Gretchen Nicholls is a Program Officer for Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she oversees the nationally award winning Corridor Development Initiative (CDI), and assists regional strategies around equitable transit-oriented development.

This event is free but registration is required.

February 27, 2012

Frontiers in the Environment


The Institute on the Environment presents their spring series of Frontiers in the Environment, weekly lectures on environment related issues occurring in our communities and throughout the world. The events occur ever Wednesday at 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Building on the St. Paul Campus. The events are free and open to the public; no registration required. They're also available to watch online: https://umconnect.umn.edu/IonEFrontiers

Upcoming Events:

February 29: Putting the "Fun" Back in "Infrastructure": The Electric System and the Future of Energy
March 7: Conserving Tropical Forests from the Ground Up
March 21: Preparing Students to Grow a New Agriculture: Experimental Curricula at the University of Minnesota

February 13, 2012

Center for Personalized Prevention Research - 2012 Collaborative Grants Program

The Center for Personalized Prevention Research (CPPR) in Children's Mental Health at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce it's 2012 Collaborative Grants Program. These grants are designed to support pilot research projects addressing important children's mental health prevention/early intervention issues identified by communities in Minnesota. Letters of Interest are requested from community organizations by Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Final Collaborative Grant Proposals are due May 4, 2012.

There will be an optional pre-application workshop on February 15th from 3:00 - 4:45 pm at the University Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC), Room 107 - 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

For more information and further details visit the CPPR website

February 3, 2012

2012 Pilot Grants in Health Disparities Research

The University of Minnesota's Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) and Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3) announce the 2012 Pilot Grants in Health Disparities Research program. These grants are designed to encourage community-initiated research and foster sustainable long-term collaborations between community-based organizations and academic researchers on research projects focused on reducing and eliminating health disparities.

For this funding cycle, we are seeking to fund projects that focus on cancer-related health disparities and/or health disparities in North Minneapolis. Cancer is a complex disease with many possible causes. Cancer-related pilot grants can focus on disparities relative to specific cancer risk factors, including lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet, and physical activity; environmental exposures to different types of chemicals and radiation; and, certain types of infections. In 2012, we expect to make 3-5 awards, ranging from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 in direct costs. Indirect costs are not permitted in this grant mechanism.
Partner Organizations

For more information, please visit the University of Minnesota Health Disparities Research website.

Community Collaborative Grants Program

The Community Collaborative Grants Program supports research that solves problems in translating clinical and health-related scientific knowledge into meaningful changes in practice, with the goals of improved health outcomes and/or reduced costs. This funding is intended to stimulate outstanding new pilot research that 1) involves strong community-university collaborations and 2) addresses important issues identified by community and 3) holds the promise of developing into long-term research and evaluation projects that will attract larger grants from NIH or other federal, state, or private funding agencies.

Grants are awarded in three areas: health disparities, systems for health improvement, and rural health.

- Technical assistance workshop February 8, 2012
- Full applications due April 16, 2012

Visit the Office of Community Engagement for Health page for more information and to download the Requests for Applications (RFA).

Questions? Contact Andrea Leinberger-Jabari at lein0072@umn.edu or 612-624-4247.

Spring 2012 Workshop: Ethical Protections in Community-Engaged Research


Community-engaged research is a new model for conducting health-related scientific research, that is unfortunately not reflected in the human research participants training programs available in the US today. Human research training programs designed for community members are needed. The purpose of this workshop will be to build the capacity of community research partners to:

- Understand the history and principles behind institutional regulations in place to protect research participants
- Understand basic requirements of the consent process
- Acquire the skills needed to competently consent research participants in a community-engaged research study
- Discuss the need for sensitivity to situations involving vulnerable and special populations in research and conflicts of interest
- Acquire the skills to develop materials for IRB submission
- Understand and report various components key to local oversight (i.e. - adverse events, conflicts of interest)

This workshop is primarily designed for members of community-based organizations interested in and/or actively engaged in health-related research, but university-based faculty and staff who conduct community-engaged research are also encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend this 3-4 hour workshop, but the date and time have yet to be announced.

For more information: Contact Andrea Leinberger-Jabari at lein0072@umn.edu

February 1, 2012

2012 Lake Superior Service-Learning Regional Conference

2012 Lake Superior Service-Learning Regional Conference

This regional conference was held for the first time in April of 2010. Intended to be held bi-annually, the LSSL Conference provides the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized service-learning leaders, network with other educators and service-learning professionals across the region, and investigate the research and best practices supporting service-learning. In addition, attendees will acquire hands-on skills to apply and integrate service-learning as an evidence-based teaching strategy. This conference will be held at the Unviersity of Minnesota Duluth on March 29-30, 2012.

The theme of this year's conference is Creating Sustainable Partnerships through Service-Learning. Sessions will focus on:

- The Community: (e.g. win-win partnerships; impact; sustaining programs when facing economic barriers; community-based research)
- The Classroom: (e.g. from theory to practice; research; student outcomes; using The Standards for Quality Practice)
- The Institution: (e.g. engaged departments; overcoming barriers at the institutional level; matching missions of institutions and agencies)

If you are interested in attending this conference please register at the following link:

For more information visit: http://www.d.umn.edu/outreach/civic/lsslconference/