Mini-Grants for Community-Engaged Student Research

The EPRC works to expand community engagement by supporting student-led research projects through a competitive mini-grants program. Eligible students are master’s or doctoral students at Emory with a thesis or dissertation research project conducted in collaboration with a community partner. The research focuses on chronic disease prevention, broadly defined to include social determinants of health.

2020 Student Mini-Grant Awards

Rebecca Nash, PhD student at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, Epidemiology Department
This project aims to identify specific counties or regions in Georgia where the NHB-NHW disparity in breast cancer-specific mortality is highest. By targeting community-based interventions in areas most affected by the racial disparity we can begin to narrow the breast cancer mortality gap. A secondary aim is to examine how area-level socioeconomic factors are spatially associated with the mortality disparity. Partners include Sisters by Choice, a Georgia-based organization that provides services for uninsured and underserved women, Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, and Komen Atlanta’s Worship in Pink initiative. Mini-grant funds will be used to support dissemination of study findings in Georgia.

Janelle Gore, an MPH Student at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral, Social Sciences and Health Education.
This qualitative study has two specific aims: 1) to understand how Black religious youth perceive the mental health culture within their faith communities, and 2) to explore the strengths and assets within Black religious youth’s faith communities to reduce mental health stigma. Faith Village Connections, a nurse-led collaborative whose mission is to bring research opportunities and provide health education, is the community partner for this study. Mini-grant funds will support recruitment and data collection.