The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Community Partnership Awards are presented to faculty, staff, students, and community partners in recognition and support of reciprocal and sustainable collaborations that align with the College's pursuit of excellence in scholarship, education, and community service. 

Awards in four categories are presented to CHP faculty, staff, and students each year:
The CHP Community Partnership Development Award
The CHP Community Partnership Development Award is presented to CHP faculty and staff in support of new or emerging collaborations between the College and community partners. This award encourages individuals and teams in the development of reciprocal and sustainable collaborations that align with the College's pursuit of excellence in scholarship, education, and community service. Recipients of the CHP Community Partnership Development Award will have played a significant and active role in research projects, academic or clinical courses, and/or volunteer programs that show promise of developing into partnerships with sustained impact and mutual benefit to the College and one or more community collaborators.

The CHP Faculty and Staff Award for Excellence in Community Partnership

The CHP Faculty and Staff Award for Excellence in Community Partnership is presented to CHP faculty and staff in appreciation of their role in sustained and reciprocal collaborations between community partners and the College. This award recognizes the participation of individuals and teams in exemplary community partnerships that advance the College's pursuit of excellence in scholarship, education, and community service. Recipients of the CHP Faculty and Staff Award for Excellence in Community Partnership will have played a significant and active role in research projects, academic or clinical courses, and/or volunteer programs that show sustained impact and mutual benefit to the College and one or more community partners. 
     

The CHP Undergraduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Partnership

The CHP Undergraduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Partnership is presented to CHP-affiliated undergraduate students in appreciation of their role in sustained and reciprocal collaborations between community partners and the College. This award recognizes the participation of individuals, teams, and student organizations in exemplary community partnerships that advance the College's pursuit of excellence in scholarship, education, and community service. Recipients of the CHP Undergraduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Partnership will have played a significant and active role in research projects, academic or clinical courses, and/or volunteer programs that show sustained impact and mutual benefit to the College and one or more community partners.

The CHP Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Partnership

The CHP Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Partnership is presented to CHP graduate students in appreciation of their role in sustained and reciprocal collaborations between community partners and the College. This award recognizes the participation of individuals, teams, and student organizations in exemplary community partnerships that advance the College's pursuit of excellence in scholarship, education, and community service. Recipients of the CHP Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Partnership will have played a significant and active role in research projects, academic or clinical courses, and/or volunteer programs that show sustained impact and mutual benefit to the College and one or more community partners.

An additional annual award is presented to one or more community partners:
The CHP Outstanding Community Partner Award
The CHP Outstanding Community Partner Award is presented to individuals and organizations external to CMU in appreciation of their sustained and reciprocal partnership with The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions. This award recognizes and honors the vital role and commitment of our community partners in supporting the College's pursuit of excellence in scholarship, education, and community service. Recipients of the CHP Outstanding Community Partner Award will have provided significant collaborative support in the research, teaching, and/or service activities of the College.

Definitions: 

For the purposes of this program, a partnership is defined as a collaborative relationship that benefits both the College and an organization or individual external to CMU with whom College faculty, staff, and/or students collaborate for research, teaching, clinical, and/or community outreach activities. Partnership activities in direct support of corporate marketing, political campaigns, or religious proselytism are excluded.  

Eligibility:

CHP-internal award recipients may include tenure-track faculty; fixed-term faculty and staff members employed by the College three-quarter time or more; and full-time, CHP-affiliated undergraduate and graduate students in good standing. Community partners may include hospitals, schools, social service agencies, health care industries, government bodies, professional organizations, researchers, clinicians, and other CMU-external groups or individuals with whom College faculty, staff, and/or students partner for research, teaching, clinical and/or community outreach activities. Individuals and groups may re-apply for a previously won award once every three years; applicants not chosen for an award are encouraged to re-apply during the next cycle.  

Nominations: 

All members of the CMU and wider communities are welcome to provide nominations for each award via an online nomination form. Applications are also accepted without prior nomination.  Community partner award recipients will be selected based on nominations only, and external partners will not be asked to submit application materials. Please contact Dr. Susan Naeve-Velguth for access to the online nomination form.

Applications: 

CHP-internal nominees will be contacted and invited to submit an award application via an online application form which is to include the content listed below.

Applications are also accepted without prior nomination. Individual submissions from multiple members of collaborative teams are accepted. In such cases, each person (or student group) to be considered for an award must submit a separate application. Please contact Dr. Susan Naeve-Velguth for access to the online application form.
  
The name/contact information of the applicant; 
1. A description of the contributions of the applicant to the project; and 
2. A description of the project in the form of a poster including the content below (template provided):
   a. The nature of the partnership project;
   b. The faculty, staff, and student(s) involved in the project;
   c. The community partner(s) involved in the project;
   d. The history of and the plan for developing/expanding the scope of the partnership;
   e. How the partnership has/will benefit CHP;
   f. How the partnership has/will benefit the community partner(s); and
   g. Illustrative images/photos (with appropriate permissions).

Timeline:

Through Aug 31                      Nominations accepted, nominees notified and invited to apply
Sept 1 - Oct 31                         Applications accepted
Nov 1 - Dec 1                           Committee review of applications
Jan 15                                       Awards announced

College use: 

Submission of an application grants the College license to use the information provided in promotional materials, both electronically and in print.

For further information: Inquiries, questions, or concerns about eligibility, nominations, and/or applications should be directed to:

Susan Naeve-Velguth, Ph.D.
Director of Community Engagement, CHP
Professor and ASL Division Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Health Professions Building 2174
989-774-7292