KU Medical Center Enduring 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 $7,500 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 a robust partnership 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

Award nominations will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2015 to Feb. 1, 2016. 

Nominations require electronic submission of:

  • Nomination form which includes a brief (no more than 500 words) description of the partnership.
  • Narrative describing how the project has improved the health of Kansans and/or Midwesterners. The narrative, not to exceed 2-pages length, should include:
    • The health issue(s) addressed.
    • The community/communities where the work occurred.
    • How KU Medical Center invested in the community to ensure enduring benefits.
    • How the partnership also benefits the university (e.g. enhancing student education, research, patient care).

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 project or work continues to benefit the community.

The online completed nomination should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2016.

The letters of support must be received by Feb. 8. The letters of support should be submitted via mail or email to:

By mail:                                                                                  By email:
April Blackmon Strange                                                             outreach@kumc.edu
Community Engagement Communications Manager
1005 Murphy
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, MS 3013
Kansas City, KS 66160

Past Recipients

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Last modified: Aug 03, 2017
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Award Amount: $7,500 paid to the community organization 

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