2017/2018 Penn Community Scholars Program Announcement

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Penn Community Scholars Program, a program of the Center for Public Health Initiatives of the University of Pennsylvania, primarily supported by  the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Provost, with additional sponsorship from the Prevention Research’s Center’s Philadelphia Health Leadership Institute, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and the Penn School of Medicine’s National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Division of General Medicine.

The Penn Community Scholars Program is a 10-session training series being offered to representatives of community-based organizations interested in learning more about the research process and building community-academic partnerships.  Program components include: an introduction to community-academic partnerships, challenges and opportunities partnering with academics, building a logic model, evaluating impact, developing a winning pitch, and more.

Ten community-based organizations will be selected via a competitive application process and may have up to 2 (recommended) individuals attend from their organization. Individuals who complete nine out of ten of the sessions and make a final pitch presentation will receive a stipend for participation.

Participants will join a cadre of Penn Community Scholars who want to extend the potential for developing and sustaining research partnerships.   

 “As a community-based agency ...we have historically struggled to develop meaningful and truly collaborative relationships with research partners because we weren't able to "speak the language" of academics and researchers.  We are currently using our new research knowledge gained from the Community Scholars Training Program to pitch several research projects within various academic institutions in Philadelphia, including Temple and Penn.  In fact, we used our pitch in a meeting with one of our hospital partners and were able to obtain direct funding in the exact amount we were seeking for the first time in nearly 10 years!  (Penn Community Scholar, 2016)

“The Community Scholars program was one of the most professionally satisfying learning experiences I've ever had. I have been talking about the power of the program with lots of colleagues. It gave us the opportunity to think more deeply and carefully about what it takes to create responsible and productive research partnerships … the program also gave me new and extremely valuable insights into the process of defining a project and pitching it to funders.” (Penn Community Scholar, 2017)

All participants will:

  1. Participate in an interactive training curriculum on community-based participatory research and community engagement.Trainings will be held at a site in West Philadelphia, to be determined.
  2. Attend a spring symposium that will bring together members of academic and local communities to facilitate dialogue, co-learning and collaboration.
  3. Engage with Penn researchers to expand opportunities for community-academic partnerships.

Training will occur on Thursday evenings 5:30-7pm. Light dinner will be served. All organizations who are accepted into the program will receive a stipend for participation upon completing at least nine out of ten the training sessions listed below (West Philadelphia community site location TBD):   

  • Session 1: Jan 18
  • Session 2: Feb 1
  • Session 3: Feb 15
  • Session 4: Feb 22
  • Session 5: March 1
  • Session 6: Mar 15
  • Session 7: March 22
  • Session 8: Apr 12
  • Session 9: April 19
  • Session 10: April 26

Symposium: April 27th (9:00am – 1:00pm)

Organizations may submit up to two members (recommended). If you are interested in applying, please complete the application by January 8th 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to email or call Sara Solomon at 215-573-3439 / sarasol@upenn.edu.