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The Intersection of Community, Academia, and Grantmaking

April 27, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm


This Community Scholars symposium offers exposure to developing, pitching, and sustaining innovative project ideas that utilize community-academic partnerships.

Participants will:

  1. Gain insights into the approaches of developing and sustaining successful community academic partnerships.
  2. Learn from grantmakers, community organizations, and researchers effective strategies to advance ideas.
  3. Observe a Shark Tank style pitch session where Community Scholars pitch ideas and receive feedback from a panel of funders and experts.

This symposium is part of the Community Scholars Program, a program of the Center for Public Health Initiatives, primarily supported by the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Provost, with additional support from the Prevention Research’s Center’s Philadelphia Health Leadership Institute, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and the Penn School of Medicine’s National Center for Integrated Behavioral HealthDepartment of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Division of General Medicine. As part of the symposium, Community Scholars will pitch their ideas for evidence-based interventions that improve health outcomes. Pitches will be judged by a panel of local funders.

Keynote Speaker: Sidney Hargro

Executive Director, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Featured panelists include:

Philip Fitzgerald – Philadelphia Foundation

Heather Major – IBC Foundation Programs

Laura McKenna – The Patricia Kind Family Foundation

Joe Pyle – Scattergood Foundation

2017-2018 Community Scholars:

Amanda Hallock – Promise Zone Research Connection

Bettye Ferguson – Promise Zone Research Connection

Dennis Boroughs – Promise Zone Research Connection

Arnett Woodall – A & W Community Solutions

Carter J.Cloyd – The Consortium

Chiwishi J. Abney – Five Loaves & Two Fish Unlimited – Hero, Inc.

Diriba S. Gonfa – Oromo Community Organization of Pennsylvania

Emily Lucas – Habitat’s Home Repair (Habitat for Humanity)

Eric Edi – Coalition of African Communities

Kate Fox – Dept. of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services

Kiasha Huling – Sayre Health Center

Margaret Banda – Sayre Health Center

Krista McKay – Alzheimer’s Association – Delaware Valley Chapter

Roslyn Walker – Philadelphia Urban Health Advocates


Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
3417 Spruce St.
Philadelphia,, PA United States
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