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CTSI Community Seed Grants

The University of Maryland University of Maryland Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute - CTSI, is establishing a Collaborative Seed Grant Program between CTSI faculty and community members. The intent of this initiative is to foster interactions between scientists and community partners that will enhance the translation of new health initiatives in a manner that benefits the community and promotes scientific advancement. This includes efforts to assess needs and obtain feedback from the community about scientific research and develop procedures to implement the results of clinical and translational science in the community.

The CTSI is focused on common chronic diseases including but not exclusive to cancer, chronic organ failure, diabetes and cardiometabolic diseases, infectious and inflammatory diseases, mental health/schizophrenia, chronic neurological diseases and head injury.

Award recipients are expected to produce sufficient preliminary results so that within 12 months after expiration of the award a report on the findings in manuscript format can be prepared and includes a plan for future directions and/or implementation including future grants proposals to state, federal or private funding agencies.

2013 Awardees:

Title: Community Engagement and Capacity Building to Enhance Tanslational Research
Primary Investigator: Cheryl L. Holt, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Community Partner: Community Ministry of Prince George's County
Description: Health information technology will no doubt play a critical role in the next generation of dissemination and implementation research. There are increasing opportunities to use technology to make evidence-based interventions (EBIs) more accessible for populations including those who have historically lacked access. Implementing EBIs in organizations such as Faith based organizations also means gaining an understanding of organizational factors that facilitate or impede successful implementation and sustainability. Learning how to get EBIs disseminated to FBOs through their health ministries is a key question with greater implications for translational research. The answers can be applied to other organizational settings such as workplaces, schools, or clinical settings.

Title: Improving Access to Mental Health Care for Low-Income Cty Pregnant and Post-Partum Women
Primary Investigator: Wendy G. Lane, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Community Partner: Promise Heights, B'More for Health Babies
Description: B’More for Healthy Babies Upton/Druid Heights is an academic-community partnership designed to improve birth outcomes in an impoverished community in West Baltimore. We propose additional efforts to improve access to mental health services by identifying treatment barriers, and providing brief mental health assessments and interventions. Our goals are to identify the most common and addressable barriers to receipt of mental health care for B’more participants via a questionnaire eliciting attitudes toward mental health care and medication usage, and to assess the feasibility of a brief mental health intervention for B’more participants with depression and anxiety.

Title: Challenge! in Elementary Schools
Primary Investigator: Maureen Black, PhD, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Community Partner: Baltimore City Public School System
Description: This is a weight loss intervention program for obese children in kindergarten through 3rd grade.