Mini-Grants for Student/Trainee Health Activism Projects

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The Center for Health Equity Engagement Education and Research seeks innovative activism projects that examine or address social, political, or economic factors that influence the health of individuals and communities.  This program is motivated by the realization that such factors are key determinants of health and health inequalities, often more so than genetic, biochemical, or physiological processes.  Health activism may involve patient empowerment, community partnerships, environmental justice, and other challenges to conventional views of health, illness, and well being.  Applicants may propose a variety of activism projects, including i) research, ii) advocacy, or iii) service delivery.

This award is available to full-time students or other trainees (e.g. residents, fellows) at Case Western Reserve University or affiliated hospitals.

Requests may be made for up to $5,000 in direct costs to be used over a period of 12 months.  Salary support for the student or trainee is not allowed.  Funds may be used for supplies, data collection, statistical analyses, paying community partners for their time, and presenting findings at conferences.  Three projects will be funded each year on a rolling basis.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Contact Dr. Ashwini Sehgal at to request a more detailed description of this funding opportunity.  Dr. Sehgal is Co-Director of the Case Western Center for Health Equity Engagement Education and Research and a nephrologist at MetroHealth Medical Center.