Community Engagement Research Pilot Grants

Overview

The SYNERGY Community Engagement Pilot Program facilitates collaborative translational research studies across Dartmouth and affiliated health centers and communities. Pilot funding is intended to stimulate translational innovation, with a positive impact upon our overall clinical and translational research enterprise.

We offer two pilot funding mechanisms for Community Engagement: (1) Community Engagement Pilot Grant Awards (offered since 2016) and (2) Dartmouth CO-OP Community Engaged Research Pilot Awards (new in 2017). Both programs are described below. For more information or questions, contact community.pilots@dartmouth.edu at any time.

2017 Community Engagement Pilot Grant Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 SYNERGY Community Engagement Research Pilot Grant awardees! Community Engagement Research (CEnR) awards emphasize the community’s critical role in developing and translating knowledge into improvement in health; proposals required involvement of a community partner in all aspects of the study plan, from design and execution to interpretation and dissemination of results.

Following a review of letters of intent, SYNERGY invited five full applications. After careful review, two CEnR pilot projects were chosen for funding:

Fallon Cluxton-Keller, PhD (PI, The Department of Psychiatry) and Craig Donnelly, MD (Co-PI, The Department of Pediatrics and Department of Psychiatry) in collaboration with Melony Williams, Maggie Monroe-Cassel, Jennifer Buteau and Pattie Stolte of the Family Resource Centers of Claremont and Gorham, NH will investigate: Integrated video-based family therapy for peripartum depression in home visited adolescents: A pilot study. For a detailed abstract, see: synergy.dartmouth.edu/community-engagement-pilot-awardee-abstracts.

Sarah Lord, PhD (PI, The Department of Pediatrics and Department of Psychiatry) and Daisy Goodman, DNP (Co-PI, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and of The Department of Community and Family Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute) in collaboration with Jennifer Williams of Habit OPCO will investigate: Empowering mothers with opioid use disorders to create and implement a Plan of Safe Care for their infants using an electronic care management system. For a detailed abstract, see: synergy.dartmouth.edu/community-engagement-pilot-awardee-abstracts.

SYNERGY Leadership extends its sincere thanks to the 2017 SYNERGY Community Engagement Research Pilot Application Review Committee, especially the community members that served alongside their academic partners, for their hard work during the review process to select these Pilot Awardees.

Although the current cycle of applications is now closed, we provide this year's RFA and LOI for Reference:
2017 Community Engagement Research Pilot Request for Applications (RFA) Document
2017 Community Engagement Research Pilot Grant Letter of Intent (LOI) Template

For more information or questions, contact community.pilots@dartmouth.edu at any time.

2017 Dartmouth CO-OP Community Engaged Research Pilot Grant Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 Dartmouth CO-OP Community Engaged Research Pilot Grant Awardees!

Through a newly designed pilot grant program directed to the 62 primary care sites of the Dartmouth CO-OP Practice Based Research Network (PBRN), SYNERGY Community Engaged Research has selected three CO-OP pilot projects for funding. The Dartmouth CO-OP is the oldest PBRN in the US, and these special awards support clinician researchers and emphasize the community’s critical role in developing and translating knowledge into improvements in health.

SYNERGY Community Engaged Research is also pleased to announce a special partnership with Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) to fund community-engaged research in Maine. MMCRI’s Vice President for Research, Dr. Donald St. Germain, states, “We are pleased to join this new and exciting partnership with Dartmouth SYNERGY to advance community-engaged health research and we are especially pleased to support Maine primary care clinicians in their efforts to improve the lives of all Mainers.”

The three Dartmouth CO-OP pilot projects chosen for funding are:

Community Care for Veterans: Care Integration across Health Systems

PI: James Schlosser, MD MBA, Chief of Staff Manchester VA Medical Center

Co-PI: Sarah Kemble, MD, MPH
VA Central Western Massachusetts
Co-PI: Donald Kollisch, MD, 
White River Junction VA Medical Center
Community Partner: William Roy, VA & R Chairman,
 New Hampshire American Legion


For a detailed abstract, see: synergy.dartmouth.edu/community-engagement-pilot-awardee-abstracts.

“Teen Speak-Out”: Engaging rural teenagers to develop community- driven interventions to address stress

PI - Melanie Lawrence, MD, 
Newbury Health Clinic, Newbury, VT
Co-PI - Maureen Boardman, NP Little Rivers Health Care, Bradford, VT
Community Partner: Kevin Lawrence, MS, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Riverbend Career and Technical Center, Bradford, VT 


For a detailed abstract, see: synergy.dartmouth.edu/community-engagement-pilot-awardee-abstracts.

Development of a “Recovery Self-Management App” utilizing mindfulness-based audio exercises for relapse prevention in a primary care opioid addiction treatment setting: Engaging with patients in treatment and community partners

PI - Jessica Bloom-Foster, MD, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME
Co-PI – Patrick McFarlane PHM-NP, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME
Collaborators:
Matthew Nutt, LCSW, Community Practitioner in Bangor, ME
Mike Scott, Cooperating Faculty Instructor - New Media, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine, Orono, ME
*Directly funded by Maine Medical Center Research Institute in partnership with SYNERGY

For a detailed abstract, see: synergy.dartmouth.edu/community-engagement-pilot-awardee-abstracts.

SYNERGY Leadership extends its sincere thanks to the 2017 SYNERGY Dartmouth CO-OP Community-Engaged Research Pilot Application Review Committee, especially the community members that served alongside their academic partners, for their hard work during the review process to select these Pilot Awardees.

SYNERGY Announces 2016 Community Engagement Research Pilot Grant Awards

We are proud to extend congratulations to the 2016 SYNERGY Community Engagement Research Pilot Grant awardees. Following a review of 17 letters of intent, SYNERGY invited 10 full applications from which three awardees were selected. Unique to Community Engagement Research proposals is that all have a designated community partner(s) involved in the study design, execution, interpretations and dissemination of results. These grants are part of the SYNERGY Translational Pilot Award program.

Paul J. Barr, PhD (PI, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice) in collaboration with Jim Matthews, Hanover, NH; Michelle Hinn, Piermont, NY; America Paredes, Senior Director, Mental Health America; and Laure Galbreath, Director, SAMHSA-HRSA - Health Care Options for People Experiencing Depression (HOPE*D): Phase1: End-user views and requirements of clinic-based interactive Option Grid decision aid for major depressive disorder. For a detailed abstract, see: synergy.dartmouth.edu/community-engagement-pilot-awardee-abstracts.

Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, PhD (PI, Community and Family Medicine and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice) and Sarah Kobylenski, MSW (Co-PI, Executive Director, The Upper Valley Haven) - Mental Health at the Margins: Engaging Low-Income Rural Individuals and Families to Enhance Wellbeing and Reduce Mental Health Disparities. For a detailed abstract, see: synergy.dartmouth.edu/community-engagement-pilot-awardee-abstracts.

Sarah Pratt, PhD (PI, Psychiatry and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice) in collaboration with Brian Collins, CEO, Community Partners NH - Evaluation of Fitness Promotion for People with Developmental Disabilities. For a detailed abstract, see: synergy.dartmouth.edu/community-engagement-pilot-awardee-abstracts.

We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the 2016 SYNERGY Community Engagement Research Pilot Application Review Committee, and especially to the community members that served alongside their academic partners, for their hard work during the review process to select these Pilot Awardees:

SYNERGY 2016 Community Engagement Research Pilot Application Review Committee (CEPARC)