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The next round of mini-grant applications are being accepted and are due by noon on May 16, 2022. 

female researcherSupported and funded by the Center and the UR Clinical & Translational Science Institute, the Mini-Grants are one-time grants up to $2,000, awarded on a quarterly basis and limited to one community project each year per partnership. This competitive grant program began in February 2009 in response to faculty and staff surveys focused on addressing barriers to pursuing community health partnerships. It has provided URMC-Community Partnerships with additional funding to address concerns such as transportation, childcare, meeting space rental and refreshments, and more.

For more information, please contact Laura Sugarwala, director of Community Health Partnerships, at

2021 Mini-Grant Recipients

Shane Fuentes, M.D. candidate, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Crossovers & Conversations Program Director

"Crossovers & Conversations"

The objective of this project is to use basketball as a platform to facilitate open and honest health and wellness discussions with young people at community centers in the City of Rochester in order to increase health literacy. Learn more about Crossovers & Conversations in this feature story shared by WROC News 8. 

Gretchen Roman, PT, DPT, PhD, June 2021 recipient, TL1 Population Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the UR CTSI: University of Rochester Clinical & Translational Science Institute

"The Occupational Health of an Essential Worker Population During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sign Language Interpreters"

The objective of this project is to evaluate the wellbeing and readiness to change of sign language interpreters working remotely during the pandemic.

2020 Mini-Grant Recipient

Betsy Bringewatt, PhD, February 2020 recipient, Chief Program Officer of Children and Families, Jewish Family Services

"Baby Safe Sleep Coalition Parent Engagement Initiative"

The objective of this project is to expand the Baby Safe Sleep Coalition to include low-income parents and caregivers from communities of color to improve coalition effectiveness in understanding, reaching, engaging and informing parents who are not consistently using safe sleep practices.

2019 Mini-Grant Recipients

Nancy Cardona, DrPH, MS, August 2019 recipient, Population Health Postdoctoral Fellow in URMC​'s OBGYN department

"Puerto Rican Diaspora Experiences with Recent Hurricanes and Housing Environment Health Risks"

The objectives of her project include conducting community-based formative research to identify salient issues related to the passage of Hurricane Maria among families who moved from Puerto Rico to the Rochester area, engaging Puerto Rican community members to fortify a relationship with the Puerto Rican Diaspora in Rochester, and providing actionable pilot data for a larger longitudinal study of Puerto Rican Diaspora families in the future.

Wyatte C. Hall, May 2019 recipient, Research Assistant Professor in URMC's OBGYN department 

Exploring the Early Intervention Experiences of Parents with Deaf Infants to Inform the Ongoing Development of a Community-Based Deaf Mentors Program”

The objective of this project is to partner with parents who have deaf infants and are participating in the Early Childhood Program (ECP) at the Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD). In collaboration with the ECP director, Karen Windhorn, the team aims to document ECP parents’ recent and ongoing experiences with the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention System (EHDI). 

Rudy Rivera, February 2019 recipient, Father Tracey Advocacy Center

“Story Lines from the Front Lines”

The objective of this project is to better understand the life experiences of people who are struggling with opioid addiction. The team will be conducting in-depth, ethnographic interviews with 15 to 25 people in order to empathetically understand the emotional and psycho-social barriers to entering rehab. They will recruit participants from among those who are in contact with in the Father Tracy Advocacy Center (FTAC) located in the El Camino neighborhood at 821 N. Clinton Ave. Participants will be incentivized with a $25 gift card. The team intends to build a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership between University of Rochester researchers, it’s students, FTAC and North Clinton Ave. residents.