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Urban Health Project Marks Anniversary, Receives Key Gift

By Angela Koenig
Published May 2011

The medical student-run Urban Health Project (UHP) marks its 25th anniversary May 12, with another significant achievement to toast: a lump-sum, $50,000 grant from the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, to seed an endowment to help sustain the program into the future.

”We haven’t finalized all of the numbers yet, but it looks like this is going to be one of our most successful fundraising years ever, and we are grateful for the contributions from individuals and foundations who have recognized the value of our work in the community,” says second-year medical student and UHP Co-Director Michelle Sibille.

The UHP is an eight-week summer program that pairs second-year medical students with nonprofits in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas. The experience challenges them to incorporate this awareness into their future practice. In 2010, the organization placed 25 students at 23 locations. In the summer of 2011, there will be 25 interns at 24 locations.

Although this is not the first grant from the Schmidlapp Foundation—a three-year, 15,000 per annum gift expired in March—it’s the first lump-sum donation of its size from any one source. The second largest was a $24,500 gift in 2010 from the Bethesda Foundation, and the third largest was a $20,000 grant that same year from the Johnson Family Foundation.

This year UC Health was added as a new sponsor with an $18,000 donation, and the physicians group of  UC Health raised its contribution from $16,000 to $18,000.

A fundraiser/anniversary event, with all proceeds going to the endowment, will be held Thursday, May 12, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center.

For more information about attending the event or how to donate to UHP, call (513) 569-6155 or visit

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