Three projects involving medical school faculty and students were among the seven grant winners selected by VCU’s Council for Community Engagement. The seven one-year grants total $100,000 and support important university-community partnerships, a critical component of VCU’s overall mission.
The three projects connected to the medical school are:
· Improving Access and Quality of Care for the Medically Underserved through the Interdisciplinary Enhanced Teaching Model, a collaboration of VCU medical and pharmacy students and representatives from Cross-Over Ministries to work on interdisciplinary teams to expand access to health care for the uninsured patients at Cross-Over Health Ministries, Richmond’s largest free clinic.
· Richmond Chapter of Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment, a collaboration of faculty and student teams from Occupational Therapy and the School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment and Goodwill Industries to launch a local chapter of FREE to accept, renovate and redistribute medical equipment.
· Una Vida Sana: Assessing and Improving the Health Status of Richmond’s Hispanic Community through Health Professional Student Service Learning, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, VCU Health System Language Services, City of Richmond Hispanic Liaison Office, Cross-Over Ministries, and local faith-based community organizations to provide outreach cardio-metabolic disease screenings and referrals to the expanding local Hispanic community.
The Council for Community Engagement also recognized four exemplary university-community programs, including an award for research and scholarship given to the Faison School for Autism-VCU Partnership, a partnership between the school and the Department of Psychiatry, which provided school-based services and offered training for students and professionals in applied behavioral analysis methods. The program has helped Faison School grow from serving 12 students with autism four years ago to more than 90 students today.
For more information on the awards, go to the VCU News Center.