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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 ongoing, or to the community organization.


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 to Feb. 1. 

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, etc.).
  • 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 letters of support must be received by Feb. 8. The letters of support should be submitted via mail or can be emailed:
      • Community Engagement Communications Manager
        1005 Murphy
        3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mailstop 3013
        Kansas City, KS 66160

Past Award Winners

Learn more about our past award honorees

Community Engagement

University of Kansas Medical Center
Institute for Community Engagement

Mailstop 3013
3901 Rainbow Boulevard

Kansas City, KS 66160