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Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities Seed Grant Program

The seed grant program offered through the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) seeks to support the development of community-engaged research partnerships and projects between Chicago-area communities and Northwestern University academic teams. The goal of these awards is to increase the number of community-academic partnerships collaborating on research projects to improve health equity.

2021 ARCC Community Engagement in Research Seed Grants Request for Applications- Partnership Development Seed Grants Cycle 1

The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC)/Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NHM) will fund Seed Grants that support the development of partnerships, that engage communities and stakeholders most impacted by health inequities in research collaboration with Northwestern research teams. The Seed Grant program has been revised this year to have a stronger focus on racial equity and addressing root causes of inequities. Partnership Development awards: Up to $5,000, Up to 18 months.

Request for Applications: bit.ly/ARCC2021grantPD1

Seed Grant Info Webinar: December 9, 2020, Noon

Required One on One Call with ARCC Director: No later than February 2, 2021

Application Deadline: February 16, 2021

A 2nd cycle of 2020 ARCC Seed Grants will be released by early 2021 to support additional Partnership Development Awards and Research Pilot awards (up to $25,000, up to 24 months). Applications for this cycle will be due in Spring 2021 and funded in Summer 2021.

To learn about the grant awards for our most recent 2020/Round 13 of funding, please scroll down to Past Recipients.

Additional Resources

Past Recipients

 Round 13/2020

In Round 13, ARCC awarded $125,000 in seed grants to support the development and growth of 11 community-engaged research partnerships to improve health equity. Each award supports a partnership that includes a community lead from a local community organization and an academic lead from Northwestern University

Research Pilot Grants

Abstracts for each funded partnership are available here.

A Youth-Led Response to COVID-19: Research and Public Health Focus
Chelsea Ridley, Mikva Challenge, and Tara Gill, Psychiatry, Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital

Connecting communities with pediatric focused bereavement support resources
Kristin James, Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, and Kelly Michelson, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital

Project Hustle Mommy: Examining the Emotional Wellness of Chicago’s Inner City Mom
Ariel DeNey Rainey, Hustle Mommies, and Inger Burnett-Zeigler, Psychiatry, Feinberg School of Medicine

Partnership Development Grants

Cycle 1

Abstracts for each funded partnership are available here

Building a Community-Research Partnership to Implement an Ethically Sound APOL1 Genetic Testing Program for African American Living Donors
Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop, National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, and Elisa Gordon, Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine

Cultivating PEAs: A Partnership to Develop Positive Emotion Ambassadors in Violence Prevention Programs on the South and West Sides of Chicago
Soren Larsen-Ravenfeather, READI Chicago (Rapid Employment & Development Initiative), and Elizabeth Addington, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine

Language and Culture as barriers and opportunities to improving the health of refugee women
Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Syrian Community Network, and Melissa Simon, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cycle 2

Abstracts for each funded partnership are available here.

Engaging recovery communities of color: a partnership promoting health equity through addressing co-morbidity disparities
Mary Roberson, Northern Illinois Recovery Community Organization, and Maryann Mason, Emergency Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Partnership to Explore and Address Equitable Access to Big Marsh Park
Paul Fitzgerald, Friends of Big Marsh, and Adam Becker, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital

Mind Wellness Compass Program: Understanding mental health stigma and increasing access to mental health services among African Americans and Black immigrants in Chicago
Nancy Asirifi-Otchere, United African Organization, and Aderonke Bamgbose Pederson, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Feinberg School of Medicine

Filling the gaps of institutional and communal sexual health resources and services in Chicago
Angela Townsend, Sexpectations Chicago, and Claire Coyne, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital

Technology-Enabled Prevention Service for At-Risk Youth: Community-Academic Partnership and Advisory Board
Robert Simmons, Oak Park Public Library, and Ashley Knapp, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 12/2019

In Round 12, ARCC awarded $150,000 in seed grants to support the development and growth of 10 community-engaged research partnerships to improve health equity.

Abstracts for Each Funded Partnership (PDF)

Partnership Development Grants

  • Creating a Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership to Improve Disparities for African Americans and Kidney Disease: Melvin Thompson, The Endeleo Institute, and Dinee Simpson, Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Creating a Partnership between the Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Healing Garden and Northwestern University Academic Researchers: Daniel Hostetler, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, and Teresa Horton, Anthropology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
  • Evaluating the Health Benefits to Older Adults of Community-Based Housing Support Services: Gail Schechter, Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly, and Rachel O’Conor, General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Launching an Advisory Council to Combat Stigma and Improve Access to Mental Health Care for Immigrant Youth and Seniors: Taneka Jennings, HANA Center, and Darby Morhardt, Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer’s Disease, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • (Re)Building the Foundation of Black Girlhood: A Partnership to Promote Black Girls’ Socio-Emotional and Cultural Development: Gloria Dotson-Lewis, Distinctively Me, and Leoandra Onnie Rogers, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Research Pilot Grants

  • Exploring and Addressing the Role of the Transportation Environment in Health and Resilience: Esteban Rodriquez, Northwest Side Housing Center, and Adam Becker, Pediatrics, School of Medicine/Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Developing Best Practices to Identify Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Foster Care through Community-Research Partnership: Juliana Harms, Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, and Kirsten Simonton, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine/Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Caregivers: Evaluating Health Literacy and Health-Related Quality of Life in Underserved Community Members: Judy Guitelman, ALAS-Wings, and Elizabeth Hahn, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • I Am Enough: An Empowerment Group for Survivors: Lisa D. Daniels, The Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Practices, and Tracy Fehrenbach, Psychiatry, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Implementing organizational changes to provide gender-responsive, trauma-informed sport-based youth development programming for girls: Elizabeth Tumiel, Girls in the Game, and Linda Lesondak, Psychiatry, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 11/2018

common-threads.jpgIn Round 11, ARCC awarded $100,000 in seed grants to support the development and growth of eight community-engaged research partnerships to improve health equity. 

Abstracts for Each Funded Partnerships (PDF)

Partnership Development Grants

  • Building a Partnership to Enhance Trauma-Informed Recovery Services for Women in Englewood Impacted by the Loss of a Child to Gun Violence or Incarceration: Lisa D. Daniels, Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Practices and Tracy Fehrenbach, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Building a Research Partnership to Address the Relationship between Housing, the Environment, and Health: Vanessa Valentin, Northwest Side Housing Center, and Adam Becker, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine/Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Exploring the viability of evaluating a trauma informed approach into Sport Based Youth Development Program with high risk teen girls: Elizabeth Tumiel, Girls in the Game, and Doreen Salina, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Improving Access and Perceptions of Mental Health Care through Integrative Mind-Body Practices: Laura Craig, Howard Brown Health 63rd, and Inger Burnett-Zeigler, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine

Research Development Grants

  • Cooking Up Health: Docs and Kids in the Kitchen Research Initiative: Neile Edens, Common Threads, and Melinda Ring, General Internal Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Advancing Biomedical Adherence in HIV Care for Men of Color through Community-Research Partnership: Ariq Cabbler, Brothers Health Collective, and Lisa Kuhns, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine/Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Identifying best practices to support pregnant and parenting youth in Chicago Public Schools: Jamie Tully, Chicago Public Schools, and Amy Johnson, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine/Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Employment Services for Transition Aged Foster Youth with Disabilities: Developing a Process Map and Identifying Barriers: E-Shawn Spencer, Thresholds, and Lucy Bilaver, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine/Lurie Children’s Hospital

 Round 10/2017

In Round 10, ARCC awarded $75,000 in seed grants to support the development and growth of six community-engaged research partnerships.

Abstracts for Each Funded Partnership (PDF)

Partnership Development Grants

Research Development Grants

  • The Courage to Love: Social Support and Social Cohesion to Help Infants Thrive: Dominca McBride, Courage to Love Collaborative, Become: Center for Community Engagement & Social Change and Matt Davis, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Understanding Health Literacy and Self-reported Health Outcomes in a Spanish-speaking Community of Southwest Chicago: Elio DeArrudah, Universidad Popular and Elizabeth Hahn, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • REACH to Faith 2.0: Building faith based community capacity to disseminate and implement culturally appropriate dementia friendly resources, research evidence and program interventions in Woodson Library: Melvin Thompson, Endeleo Institute and Darby Morhardt, Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 9/2016

In Round 9, ARCC awarded $57,000 in seed grants to support the development and growth of six community-engaged research partnerships.

Abstracts for Each Funded Partnerships (PDF)

Partnership Development Grants

  • Partnerships In Ongoing, New Exploratory Engagement Research (PIONEER) Project: Melissa Maguire, The Night Ministry, and Stephen Schueller, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Building & Enhancing Capacity for Conducting HIV Research w Latino Men Who Have Sex w Men in Chicago through a Community-Academic Partnership: Alredo Flores, CALOR, and Gregory Phillips, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Cooking Up Health: Docs and Kids in the Kitchen: Neile Edens, Common Threads, and Melinda Ring, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Implementing a CBPR Partnership Approach to Stress Remediation: Megan Hinchy, West Humboldt Park Community Development Council, and Maryann Mason, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Partnership for PCOR in Aging and Disability Research: Amy Eisenstein, CJE Senior Life, and Elliot Roth, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Partnership Building with Barbers to Improve Mental Health Barriers to Health Promotion: Development of the REHAB Consortium: Nataka Moore, Chicago Global Health Alliance, and Adam Murphy, Urology, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 8/2015

In Round 8, ARCC awarded $20,000 for projects to support community-engaged research partnership development, foster the development of community-engaged research projects/proposals for external funding and to support the dissemination of research findings contributing to community health. 

Abstracts for Each Funded Partnership (PDF)

Partnership Development Grants

  • Developing a promotora model to address community-defined mental health and metabolic health needs in Little Village: Helius DeArrudah, Universidad Popular, and Matt O’Brien, General Internal Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Community-Academic Partnership to improve outcomes for HIV+ /at risk Female Torture Survivors: Mary Lynn Everson, Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, and Sarah Sutton, Infectious Diseases, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Developing a Community-Based Approach to Stress Remediation: Interrupting Chronic Disease Processes in Chicago Children and Families: Chet Jackson, West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC), and Maryann Mason, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine

Proposal Development Grant

  • Urban Youth Cafe: Building an Understanding of Programs and Services that Connect InRisk Youth to the Mainstream: Lori Crowder, Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO), and Karen Sheehan, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine

Research Dissemination Grant

  • Implementing and Disseminating Youth-led Community-Based Participatory Research: Nikki Zaleski, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), and Michael Fagen, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 7/2014

p4p.jpgIn Round 7, ARCC awarded $20,000 for projects to support community-engaged research partnership development, foster the development of community-engaged research projects/proposals for external funding and to support the dissemination of research findings contributing to community health.

Abstracts for Each Funded Partnership (PDF)

Partnership Development Grants

  • Pastors for Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR): Developing Partnership Infrastructure to Facilitate Engagement in PCOR Research Projects: Bishop Gordon, Southlands Ministers Health Network/Pastor4PCOR, and Rebecca Johnson, Buehler Center on Aging, Health, and Society, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Community-Academic Partnership to Promote Integration of Health Promotion and Prevention Efforts Benefiting Girls of Color: Laurel Crown, Youth Guidance and Rebecca Ford-Paz, Pediatrics/Psychiatry, Feinberg School of Medicine

Proposal Development Grant

  • Developing a care coordination model for substance with co-occurring HIV who are high users of Emergency department: Proposal Development between Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Haymarket Center: Jessica Dubuar, Haymarket Center and Robert Turelli, Emergency Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Research Dissemination Grant

  • Barriers to HIV Testing in African American Men: Marcus Murray, Project Brotherhood and Adam Murphy, Urology, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 6/2013

In Round 6, ARCC awarded $90,000 for projects focusing on community-academic partnership building and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) implementation.

Abstracts for Each Funded Project (PDF)

Partnership-Building Grants

  • Building a Community-Academic Partnership to Formulate Research on the Outcomes of the Global Gardens Refugee Training Farm: Marta Pereya, Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly, and Madelyn Iris, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • The Courage to Love: Developing Relational Approaches to Eliminating Disparities in Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality: Kirsten Peachey, The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation (Advocate Health Care and University of Illinois at Chicago), and Craig Garfield, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Reach to Faith: Research and Education for African American Caregiver Health: Etta McGregor-Jones, Amani Trinity United Community Health Corporation, and Darby Morhardt, Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, Feinberg School of Medicine

CBPR Implementation Grants

  • Evaluating the Dissemination of Community-level HIV Prevention Information Using a Social Networks Approach: Dianna Manjarrez, MPH, Vida/SIDA-Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and George Greene, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Partnership for a Better Roseland - Choose Life Project: Sherida Morrison, Demoiselle 2 Femme, and Virginia Bishop, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 5/2012

In Round 5, ARCC awarded $90,000 in Round Five for projects focusing on community-academic partnership building and CBPR implementation.

Abstracts for Each Funded Project (PDF)

Partnership-Building Grants

  • Building a Community-Academic Partnership to Identify and Eliminate Barriers to HPC Vaccination in African Americans: Tonya Roberson, Sisters Working It Out and Rebecca Wurtz, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

CBPR Implementation Grants

  • Increasing Clinician Understanding Regarding the Needs of Children with Life-Limiting Illnesses and Their Families: Kimberly Downing, Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, and Kelly Michelson, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Improving Asthma Verification and medication Access in the Chicago Public Schools: Lilliana DeSantiago-Cardenas, Chicago Public Schools and Ruchi Gupta, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • KARE - Korean Alzheimer's Research and Education: Hyeyoung Lee, Korean Community Services and Darby Morhardt, Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer's Disease Center, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 4/2011

In Round 4, ARCC awarded $90,000 for projects focusing on community-academic partnership building and CBPR implementation.

Abstracts for Each Funded Project (PDF)

Partnership-Building Grants

  • Barriers to Prostate Cancer and HIV Screening in African American Men in Chicago: Marcus Murray, Project Brotherhood, and Adam Murphy, Department of Urology, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Refugee Communities: Disability, Health, & Inclusion Partnership Project: Rene Luna, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, and Mansha Mirza, Institute for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • KARE- Korean American Alzheimer’s Research and Education: Hyeyoung Lee, Korean American Community Services, and Darby Morhardt, Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Feinberg School of Medicine

CBPR Implementation Grants

  • Evaluating Coordination of Care for the Suburban Uninsured: The Access Du Page Cohort Study: Kara Murphy, Access DuPage, and Melissa Simon, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • People with Disabilities Speak Out on Health Care Disparities: A Qualitative Study of Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Primary Care Experiences: Judy Panko-Reis, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, and Susan Magasi, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 3/2010

In Round 3, ARCC awarded $130,000 for projects focusing on community-academic partnership building and CBPR implementation. 

Abstracts for Each Funded Project (PDF)

Partnership-Building Grants

  • Building Bridges to Connect Faith to Community Health: A Capacity Building Partnership between a Faith-Based Organization and Academic Partner: Horace Smith, Apostolic Faith Church, and Virginia Bishop, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Community Partnership for Healthy Behaviors in a Latino Community: Abel Nunez, Centro Romero, and Adolfo Ariza, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine/Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Community-Academic Partnership to Prevent Depression in Latino Youth: Marco Jacome, Healthcare Alternative Systems, and Rebecca Ford-Paz, Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine/Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Partnership for a Better Roseland: Sherida Morrison, Demoiselle 2 Femme, and Virginia Bishop, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Implementation Grants

  • Evaluation of Park-Based Promotion of Healthy Vending: Lucy Gomez, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and Maryann Mason, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine/Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Developing and Implementing a CBPR Partnership to Find Solutions to Physical Inactivity in Chicago's South Asian Community: Santosh Kumar, Metropolitan Asian Family Services, and Namratha Kandula, Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Chicago Community Health Worker/Promotor Survey and Mapping Project: Community-Based Analysis of Rogers Park Pilot Data: Laura Bahena, Chicago Community Health Worker Local Network, and Daniel Block, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Breast Cancer Disparities in the Hispanic/Latina Community in Chicago: Judith Guitelman, Network of Strength, and Judith Abramson, Instructor, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

 Round 2/2009

Partnership-Building Grants

Implementation Grant

 Round 1/2008

In Round 1, ARCC awarded $80,000 in seed grant funds for projects focusing on community-academic partnership building and CBPR implementation.

Grant Recipients & Project Titles

  • A Community-Academic Partnership for Asthma Control in Humboldt Park: Juana Ballesteros, Humboldt Park Community of Wellness, and Ruchi Gupta, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Partnering Research to Preempt Disease Among Asian Community Members in Chicago: Hong Liu, Asian Health Coalition of Illinois, and Melissa Simon,Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • NuFit: Nutrition and Fitness Peer Education: Jessica Claudio, Wildcats Student Health Center/Roberto Clemente Community Academy, and Virginia Bishop, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Uptown Immigrant and Refugee Senior Center: Steve Brunton, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, and Margaret Gadon, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Madelyn Iris, Associate Professor of Psychiatry/Preventive Medicine/Anthropology, Feinberg School of Medicine

Contact Us

For information on partnerships or the application process, contact Jen Brown, MPH, AARC director, at jenbrown@northwestern.edu or 312-503-2942.

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