2011 Engagement Impact Grants

Community Memory Screening and Education for Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia: An OSU-Alzheimer's Association Collaboration ($35,000)

Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., Professor, Speech & Hearing Science; Douglas Scharre, MD, OSU Memory Disorders Clinic, College of Medicine, Partner: Ken Strong, Alzheimer Association, Central Ohio chapter

As the baby boomer generation ages the prevalence of dementia diagnoses such as Alzheimer's disease(AD) have increased dramatically. Current advances in the early detection of and medical treatments for dementia provide hope for addressing the devastating consequences of these diseases. The purpose of this project is develop the infrastructure for creating a state-wide network of diagnostic, educational, and treatment services for Ohioans who are facing the challenges of memory loss due to dementia. A pilot program of community memory screenings paired with educational presentations will be offered in collaboration with the Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, which currently serves 14 counties in central Ohio.

The development and evaluation of screening and educational modules will lead to the implementation in future years of a Train-the-Trainer approach to replicating the program across the state with other partners, including the other 6 Chapters of the Ohio Alzheimer's Association currently serving all 88 Ohio counties (Appendix C). The desired outcomes of this project include the increased rate of early diagnosis and treatment of dementia, the increased opportunity for individuals to participate in research projects focused on Mild Cognitive Impairment and dementia, the increased knowledge of dementia and its consequences by program participants, an increase in the numbers of professionals, caregivers, students, and the public who received dementia specifictraining, and a sustainable network of diagnostic, research, educational, and treatment services for Ohioans at risk for dementia.

The Columbus Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) at The Ohio State University ($46,000)

Terry Bahn, EdD, College of Medicine; Lisa Durham, MSW, College of Social Work; Rev. James Childs, Jr., Ph.D., Trimity Lutheran Seminary; Bill Ownes, LISW, ACSW, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resouce Center; Qiana Williams, Human Services Chamber of Franklin County

The Schweitzer Fellows Program provides community service fellowships for graduate and professional students in health-related fields who are dedicated to addressing unmet health needs in their local areas. The mission is to develop "leaders in service": individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.

DEALL K-12 Chinese Outreach ($35,000)

Galal Walker, Professor, Department of East Asian Langues and Literatures, Partners: Robert Bowers, Franklin County Educational Council; Marcy Raymond, MA, Metro Early College High School; Zhiwei Bi, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Since 2007, the Chinese Flagship program has been operating an ambitious outreach program intended to increase the number of K-12 students taking Chinese in Ohio. Through ongoing dialog with the Ohio Board of Regents this program has now been joined to a larger effort to improve the quality of Chinese education in the state through an OSU certification and licensure program delivered principally via distance learning. The grant being requested here will provide seed funding that will lay the foundation for the entire effort.

Sustainable Futures for Linden Village: A Model for Increasing the Social Capital and the Quality of Life in an Urban Neighborhood ($53,949)

Jesus J. Lara, PhD, Department of Landscape Architecture; Qian Chen, Ph.D., LEED AP, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Charisma Acey, PhD, Department of City and Regional Planning and The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Partners: Donna J. Hicho, Greater Linden Development Corporation; Michael Wilkos, The Columbus Foundation

The proposed "Sustainable Futures for Linden Village" project is a partnership between OSU Faculty in the Colleges of Engineering, Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Greater Linden Development Corporation (GLDC). It supports the realization of community-defined priorities for affordable green, energy efficient housing development, job training opportunities, homeowner assistance with renovation, and practical, hands-on learning environments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills development for local students. Specifically, this project is closely related to a comprehensive local redevelopment effort, the Linden Village Initiative, designed to revitalize and improve a target urban area surrounding the Linden McKinley STEM Academy on Duxberry Avenue. This initiative integrates urban revitalization, home rehabilitation, energy retrofit, repair and maintenance with sustainable development goals. The OSU project team and involved students will play several roles in the initiative through integrated research, education, and outreach programs that will enhance local revitalization efforts by providing technical assistance to the community and increasing the awareness, knowledge, and skills of local community residents, teachers/students, and organizations in sustainable community and housing development.

Take a Loved One to the Doctor: African American Diabetes Management and Preventive Care Initiative ($10,000)

Dorian Harriston, MA, Department of Strategic Communications & Marketing, Partners: Patti Johnson, Reach media, Inc., Ryan Johnson, MPH, Columbus Office of Minority Health/Columbus Public Health; Annie Ross-Womack, Longstreet Businessmen's Association, Inc.; Judson J. Jeffries, Ph.D., OSU African American Studies Community Extension Center; Kim Jordan, Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA; Kwame Osei, MD, College of Medicine; Wanda Dillard, MS, The Ohio State University Medical Center; Trudy Gaillard, PhD, College of Medicine; Cara Harris, MS, College of Medicine, Melanie Paris-Arum, The Ohio State University Medical Center; Dawn Tyler-Lee, MA, OSU/City of Columbus East Side Project

OSU Medical Center has established its first multicultural partnership with the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show's Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day campaign. The campaign's purpose is to impact African-American health disparities and encourage annual visits to the doctor, thus preventing health problems and treat existing issues.

The Medical Center's initiative will educate African Americans on cultural health disparities and promote preventive care. Additionally, the concept of becoming the example for your family will be heavily promoted, with techniques taught for leading a healthier lifestyle, making smart choices and visiting the doctor regularly.

This grant will act as an extension of the Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day campaign, with a focus on diabetes. The local African American population in Franklin County will be targeted, with a high concentration on the 43205 and 43203 zip codes. The Columbus Health Department's 2004 Healthy Neighborhood Report concluded that in the predominantly African American populated area of the near east side of Columbus, diabetes is the leading health problem. The study reported that African American men had the highest mortality rate for the state of Ohio.


Past Grant Recipients

2013 Engagement Impact Grants

2012 Engagement Impact Grants

2011 Engagement Impact Grants

2010 Engagement Impact Grants

2009 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2008 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2007 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2006 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2005 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2004 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2005 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

2002 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

2001 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

2000 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

1999 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants