Funded by a three-year, $563,842 grant
from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of
Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), the Community-Engaged Scholarship for
Health Collaborative comprises a diverse group of health professional
schools that seek to recognize and reward faculty for community
"UC has many wonderful community-based
programs and initiatives and its new academic plan, UC|21, names
community engagement as one of its primary goals," says Elizabeth King,
PhD, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences. "Seeking better
ways to recognize this type of scholarship will go a long way toward
increasing the number of faculty who choose to work and do research in
Dr. King cites many in the College of Allied Health Sciences alone who are already using their expertise in the community.
"Our faculty are doing everything from
eductating high school students about nutrition, to teaching and caring
for students at a public high school-based audiology clinic," she says.
"This type of work should not go unrecognized."
Cindy Goody, PhD, assistant professor of
nutrition, leads two courses in which she takes her students to Western
Hills University High School to educate about nutrition.
"We provide information on everything
from the importance of eating breakfast, to sports nutrition, to
protein, fat and water consumption," says Dr. Goody. "This type of
interaction is mutually beneficial because it allows people with shared
values to come together to improve the well-being of all."
In addition to UC's College of Allied
Health Sciences, schools participating in the collaborative include
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Case Western University
School of Nursing, Indiana University School of Dentistry, Loma Linda
University School of Public Health, University of Colorado School of
Pharmacy, University of Massachusetts Worcester School of Nursing,
University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine.