KU Medical Center Community Partnership Award

This award recognizes a team for excellence in community engagement, as demonstrated by a project or event which addresses a critical health issue in the community. Award recipients receive $10,000 payable to the project, if on-going, or to the community organization.

Community engagement, according to the Carnegie Classification Project (McCormick & Zhao, 2005), "describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity." Piercy, Stoudt, Asselin and Tilley-Lubbs (2011) provide additional clarification regarding work that is worthy of this award in their white paper, noting that "Characteristics most associated with engaged scholarship include:

  • A partnership between university and community groups;
  • Which is reciprocal;
  • Mutually beneficial;
  • Respectful;
  • Transparent;
  • Replicable; and
  • Publically accountable;
  • Hierarchy is minimized;
  • Teaching, research, and/or service takes place;
  • Impact is assessed and documented; and
  • Scholarship is an integral component."


The project must be led by a team with at least one University of Kansas Medical Center faculty member (from Kansas City, Wichita or Salina) and one community-based organization.

Other considerations include:

  • Involvement of KU Medical Center students, staff and/or additional faculty,
  • Involvement of multiple community organizations,
  • Geographical location for the project or event (preference is given to underserved and/or rural Kansas communities),
  • Measurable benefit to the community, and
  • Sustainability of the project or benefits to the community.

Nomination Process

Nominations require electronic submission of:

  • Nomination form
  • Narrative (no more than 3 pages*) describing how the project has improved the health of Kansans and/or Midwesterners. The narrative should include:
    • Health issue addressed
    • Community where the work occurred
    • Number of community members impacted.
    • How KU Medical Center invested in the community to ensure enduring benefits
    • How the partnership benefitted the university based on its mission and priorities in education, research and clinical care.
    • Sustainability (e.g. where do you see this project in 5-10 years; other resources to continue over a long period of time).
    • The award recipient will receive $10,000 payable to the project, if ongoing, or to the community organization. Please briefly highlight what component(s) of the project you plan to use the money for, should you receive the award.

*Additional materials may be included and will not count toward the 3-page limit.

Nominations also require the submission of:

  • Two letters of support from community partners addressing how the project worked with the community to respond to a community need, and how the project continues to benefit the community.

Letters of support should be submitted by email to outreach@kumc.edu or by mail to:
April Blackmon Strange
Attn: Community Engagement Awards
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, MS 3013
Kansas City, KS 66160

The completed nomination, including letters of support, should be submitted no later than midnight on Feb. 1, 2015.

Nominate a team for the KU Medical Center Community Partnership Award

Last modified: Nov 24, 2014
Award Winners

2014: Healthy Living Kansas, led by Kim Engelman, Ph.D., Preventive Medicine and Public Health

2013: Kansas Sepsis Project, led by Steven Simpson, MD, KU Continuing Education and Professional Development

At a Glance

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Award Amount: $10,000 paid to the project or community organization 

Questions? Contact
April Blackmon Strange
(913) 588-2695