2014 Engagement Scholarship/W. K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Awards

Recipients of the 2014 Engagement Scholarship/W. K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award
and
Finalists for the 2014 C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award

Virginia Commonwealth University

Working Together to Transform Lives through Pharmacist Collaborative Care and Outreach in the Community (PCOC)

Working Together to Transform Lives through Pharmacist Collaborative Care and Outreach in the Community (PCOC)

* Winner of the 2014 C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy's PCOC is composed of initiatives that include seven academic-community partnerships with independent senior living facilities and underserved clinics, five large-scale community outreach programs, and programs to train the next generation of health professionals. PCOC initiatives focus on underserved populations, including the uninsured, older adults, homeless individuals, and those living in rural areas. The scope of PCOC includes providing students with high-quality learning experiences, advancing research and clinical practice, preparing students for careers that advance health, and creating university-community partnerships to improve healthcare access. Fourteen faculty members, 500 students, and 35 residents have provided more than 20,000 patient care encounters in the Greater Richmond area. PCOC initiatives are integrated with service learning courses, advanced pharmacy practice experiences, electives, and inter-professional education experiences.

Leticia Moczygemba, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University; Sallie Mayer, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, Virginia Commonwealth University

Purdue University

Purdue Kenya Program (PKP)

Purdue Kenya Program (PKP)

In 2003, the Purdue University College of Pharmacy (PUCOP) joined the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) consortium in Eldoret, Kenya, and established the PKP. PKP's mission is to build sustainable access to high quality care for nearly 3.5 million people in the AMPATH catchment area while fostering development of globally engaged students. This partnership includes Kenyan patients and pharmacists as well as AMPATH and Purdue University. PKP has created a sustainable clinical pharmacy infrastructure to provide patient care programs, coupled with funded research programs that investigate understudied characteristics of patients in sub-Saharan Africa. PKP has also established a unique experiential training program that builds pharmacy leaders from the U.S. and Kenya. This is the only clinical pharmacy training program in sub-Saharan Africa with more than 200 trainees, including PUCOP students, University of Nairobi pharmacy interns, and PUCOP Global Health residents. These trainees provide more than 80 clinical interventions daily while working on the inpatient wards. PKP has received approximately $50 million in product donations, grants, and program support. It has contributed 18 peer-reviewed publications and 110 poster and invited platform presentations demonstrating how clinical pharmacy services can be effectively established and sustained in a resource-constrained setting.

Ellen Schellhase, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University; Monica Miller, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University

University of New Hampshire

New Hampshire Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (NH LLMP)

New Hampshire Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (NH LLMP)

The New Hampshire Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (NH LLMP), a volunteer water quality monitoring program, has been used as a model to create and improve similar programs in 35 states and 12 countries. To date, the program has trained more than 1,250 volunteers, worked on assessing 118 lakes, and monitored more than 1,670 lake and tributary sites. The program grew out of an expressed community need for understanding environmental changes noticed by lake users. By engaging volunteers to identify questions and concerns about their lakes and training them to be active participants in data collection and analysis, large quantities of reliable data can be gathered in a cost-effective way for multiple research initiatives. The findings can then be used to make sound local, state and regional management decisions. For more than 35 years, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, faculty, and students from UNH's Center for Freshwater Biology have worked with lake associations and communities to collect data on NH's lake quality. Receiving timely data on a large spatial scale allows researchers to better understand how climate and human activity on the landscape affect our water resources.

Jeff Schloss, Natural Resources Program Team Leader, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, University of New Hampshire; Patricia Tarpey, Executive Director, Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association

Oregon State University

Oregon Open Campus (OOC): Making the Connection

Oregon Open Campus (OOC): Making the Connection

In the Oregon Open Campus (OOC) initiative, Oregon State University (OSU) serves as a convener of community partners who address educational needs unique to individual Oregon communities. Under the OOC banner, OSU partners with K-12 schools, community colleges, businesses, and governmental interests to provide and coordinate educational opportunities—both credit and non-credit—that specifically meet the needs identified in individual communities. When refined and proven to be successful, these innovations are made available to other communities. OSU, with a statewide mandate as Oregon’s land-grant university and the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and Community Engagement classification, is a logical choice to address these issues. In 2009-10, after conversations with community leaders looking for greater access to the University, OSU launched three Oregon Open Campus pilot sites. OOC served more than 1,200 learners in each of the first two years, and 2,499 learners in FY 2012. The OOC goals match and support Oregon Legislative goals: college and career readiness, increased off-campus degree completion, and improved local economic development and business vitality. After an initial "proof of concept" investment by the University, increased investments by community and campus partners helped expand OOC to six sites, reaching nine rural counties in 2013.

Connie Green, President, Tillamook Bay Community College; Paul Navarra, Vice Principal, Madras High School


Exemplary Projects

  • Towne’s Harvest Garden: Locally, Sustainably, and Educationally Grown Community Engagement
    Montana State University

    Towne’s Harvest Garden (THG), Montana State University’s (MSU) farm and community supported agriculture (CSA) program, is a dynamic outdoor classroom, a living laboratory for research, and a primary venue for community engagement. THG was initiated by a student organization in 2007 in partnership with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank (GVFB), and has been sustained by curricular integration and institutional support. THG’s mission is to be a source of locally, sustainably, and educationally grown food for the campus and members of the surrounding community. Students in the Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems degree program spend their first summer at MSU participating in a hands-on THG practicum course designed to teach all aspects of small-scale food production. THG also provides servicelearning opportunities for MSU students from other disciplines such as architecture and engineering. THG students distribute the food they have grown through a CSA (where members pay an upfront fee for a weekly share of the harvest); at a weekly campus farm stand; and through the Community Food Truck (CFT), a mobile farm stand created in partnership with the GVFB. THG activities have attracted external funds, formed the basis of countless conference presentations, and been featured in numerous peer-reviewed and outreach publications.

  • Community Engagement through the Helps Education Fund (HEF)
    North Carolina State University

    The mission of the Helps Education Fund (HEF) is to support educators (including parents) and improve learning outcomes for K-12 students locally, nationally, and internationally. To achieve this, HEF facilitates collaborative partnerships between education researchers and school-based professionals to develop and evaluate educational strategies and materials, and then provides free research-supported materials and services to educators and parents. HEF also offers support to underperforming schools. All HEF programs are developed and disseminated with three main principles: (1) authentic collaboration between researchers and practitioners; (2) evidence of effectiveness; and (3) access to HEF programs and services for free or at minimal cost. The HEF and its community partners have created eight complementary programs, which are being used by more than 20,000 educators in more than 40 countries around the globe. In the past few years HEF has also offered more than $200,000 in donated materials and services, in addition to thousands of hours of direct intervention support for struggling learners. University students and faculty, as well as many community partners, have also authored more than 30 scholarly publications, more than 80 presentations, and numerous grants based on their collaborative work and research-supported programs.

  • MU Adult Day Connection
    University of Missouri

    In 1986, Boone County citizens saw the need for adult day health care services in Columbia, MO. The University of Missouri (MU) School of Health Professions (SHP) saw the benefits of creating a service that provided research potential for MU faculty and service-learning for students. Twenty-five years ago SHP established the MU Adult Day Connection (ADC) through a university-community partnership. Since ADC began, more than 600 participants and families have benefitted from the more than 37,000 days of health care provided by staff and students. Caregivers, through the annual evaluation, report less stress when their family members attend the center. The partnership provides faculty a great location to test research, and the program reflects best practices developed or endorsed by faculty. Every year more than 100 students from MU and other health professions volunteer at the center. Many students begin college wanting to work with children, but after spending time at the center they also discover the value of working with seniors and individuals with disabilities. This is a life and career changing time for them, and MU has an obligation to ensure that competent health practitioners are available to care for increased numbers of elders and individuals with disabilities.