CEnR Seed Grant Program

Community Engagement

Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Seed Grant Program: Translational Focus

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The awarded project supports promising translational research in the areas of health disparities and recruitment strategies for community participation in research. It also demonstrates clear relevance and importance to the communities involved in the project, encourages sustainable, authentic community-academic partnerships, and seeks to advance understanding about how community engagement can be done in complex research settings.

The award is a collaborative effort of the MCW Community Engagement Core and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin and is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Program, a component of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at MCW.

The funding period for this award is February 2018-May 2019.

Awarded Project

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Developing a culturally adapted intervention to increase physical activity

 Developing a culturally adapted intervention to increase physical activity

Project Start Date: February 1, 2018

Project End Date: May 31, 2019

Award Amount: $50,000

Goal Statement: This project will engage young, black men who have a spinal cord injury due to gun violence, community partners, and clinicians to increase physical activity leading to improved functional independence, quality of life, and healthy behaviors.

Co-Principal Investigators:

  • Shalina Ali (co-Executive Director, TRUE Skool)
  • Merle Orr, MD (Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

Additional Partners:

  • Moriah Iverson, MS (Program Manager, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
  • Paul Kjelland (co-Director, ReciproCITY)
  • Fidel Verdin (co-Executive Director, TRUE Skool)
  • Alice Yan, PhD (Associate Professor, Zilber School of Public Health, Community & Behavioral Health Promotion)