Community Engagement awards

October 11, 2012

David Cook Ph.D.
David Cook, Ph.D. Associate Vice Chancellor for Outreach

One of Dr. Stites' five rules is "Do the Right Thing." Our faculty, staff and students who work with our local, regional and global communities to improve health come by that naturally.

One of our most valued roles at KU Medical Center is our commitment to working with communities to improve health. These activities include encouraging health care students to practice in rural and underserved areas; providing health screenings for dangerous diseases, such as cancer and HIV; and working with communities to understand and solve public health problems, such as tobacco use or food deserts.

Our employees and students who do this work do so because of its numerous intrinsic rewards. Now, KU Medical Center's Institute for Community Engagement is rewarding them with something a bit more tangible for their outstanding dedication to community engagement. The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor has generously funded four awards for scholars, community organizations and students who are dedicated to improving health in our local, regional and global community.

These awards are:

Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement ($7,500) recognizes a KU Medical Center faculty member in Kansas City, Salina or Wichita who demonstrates long-standing excellence in developing, implementing and sustaining regional engaged scholarship initiatives.

KU Medical Center Community Partnership Award ($10,000) is given to a community project or organization that has partnered with a KU Medical Center faculty member to improve health in a community or population.

Community Service Student Group Award ($1,000) recognizes a registered KU Medical Center student organization that demonstrates commitment to a rural or underserved community. This award was formerly known as the Carol Marinovich Award.

Community Leader Student Award ($600) recognizes one KU Medical Center student with an exemplary commitment to improving the health of a rural or underserved community.

The Faculty Award and the Community Partnership Award are accepting electronic nominations through Dec. 31. More information about the awards and application forms are available at the Institute for Community Engagement's website. The student awards will have a separate process administered by the Division of Student Services.

These awards demonstrate progress for KU Medical Center's strategic plan, which encouraged us to "drive institutional recognition for outreach activities." But they do so much more than that. These awards make progress in the internal valuation we place on our external commitments to the lives of others. We are pleased to present these awards because they are yet another example of KU's enduring dedication to building healthy communities. 

As you know, KUMC on Monday switched to a new PeopleSoft 9.1 HR/Pay system, which helps employees better manage their time and labor, absence management and other HR functions. The upgraded HR/Pay system eliminates much of the paper record keeping for KUMC employees, supervisors and HR-related staff. While there have been a few minor kinks this week, leadership and HR are generally pleased with how the new system is operating. We appreciate your patience as we make this major shift in how employees track time, make leave requests and manage their personal information. Remember that the KUMC Help desk at 588-7995 is available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., if you have any questions about how to use the new system.

We were greatly saddened to learn of the death of William V. McKnelly Jr., M.D., on Tuesday. Dr. McKnelly joined the School of Medicine psychiatry and behavioral sciences faculty in 1961 and continued his active full-time faculty role until his death. He was a pioneer in the treatment of bipolar disorder and ran the lithium clinic at KUMC for many years. Dr. McKnelly was one of the most beloved members of our faculty, and he will be greatly missed.

Jared Grantham, M.D., a University Distinguished Professor of Nephrology and Hypertension, was honored at the dedication of the new Ivan Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education on the Baker University campus in Baldwin City, Kan. The third level of Hartley/Mulvane Hall was named the Dr. Jared Grantham Research and Learning Floor. Dr. Grantham is a Baker alumnus and has served on Baker's board of trustees for 16 years.

The KU Medical Center/UKP annual United Way campaign will be coming to a close soon. Thanks to the generosity of our employees, we have raised $59,000 toward our $85,000 goal. You can contribute to our workplace United Way drive until the end of October. You can see updates on the campaign – and a special message from KUMC and KU Hospital leadership – on our United Way page.

The KU Diabetes Institute has just launched a Facebook page. The new page will have regular updates on the institute's work toward the prevention and control of diabetes, as well as an efforts to discover an eventual cure for the disease.

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