Urban Health Accelerator – Historically Black Colleges (HCBU) Legacy Grant Opportunity

The Empowered To Serve Urban Health Accelerator expands the work of American Heart Association in local communities as we seek to address social issues impacting the ability of individuals to attain the healthiest life possible.

The Barbara Houston Urban Health Accelerator HBCU Legacy Grants:

Made possible through the support of Mr. John Houston, III, the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate will pilot a new accelerator designed to engage Historically Black Colleges and Universities offering:

  • Access to web-based training, coaching, and mentoring from AHA staff and volunteers.
  • Invitation to attend the February 28, 2019 Leadership Summit for enhanced coaching, more resources, and networking with other HBCU leaders.
  • Up to $100,000 to HBCUs in MD, DC, VA, NC and SC, to support development of a multi-faceted strategy and project proposal to in building a “Culture of Health” on campus and in their communities.

Urban Health Accelerator Challenge:

  • Any interested school in the Mid-Atlantic (MD, DC, VA, NC, SC) can attend the webinar series
  • Five schools will be selected to present their project proposal and will receive 6-8 weeks of intensive coaching. The selected teams and projects will be selected after review by the AHA Center for Evaluation and Metrics based on the projects ability to have high impact, is scalable/replicable and has a strong plan for sustainability, and
  • Up to two schools will be awarded a $100,000 grant ($50K a year over two years) and also receive an annual $7,500 stipend to support the member engagement.
  • Submit applications here
  • Hear more about the program on this recorded webinar: Special Session for Faculty Leaders

Watch the Urban Health Accelerator – Historically Black College (HBCU) Legacy Kick Off Webinar:

All students are welcomed to listen to the recorded webinars and attend the upcoming scheduled sessions below: 

On January 14th, the American Heart Association (AHA) launched a webinar series targeted to HBCUs throughout the Mid-Atlantic, as part of the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator – HBCU. The AHA is calling on students to help solve some of today’s most complex problems that act as a barrier to health in urban communities. There are many factors that affect a person’s health, including community environments. People living just five miles apart can have a difference in life expectancy by more than 20 years. Join us for this free webinar series to learn more on how to develop solutions to address key factors that impact health and wellbeing: economic stability, education, societal influences, neighborhoods and healthcare.

Webinar #1: Building a Multi-Disciplinary Team & Writing a Strong Proposal:
(Recorded 1/14/19)

Al Richmond, Executive Director, Community Campus Partnerships for Health, provided an overview for students and faculty/staff champions on how to build an effective multi-disciplinary team and write a strong proposal.

Webinar #2: HBCU Accelerator Webinar Series: Community Transformation & PSE Changes
Recording coming soon

Welcome Mr. Cornell Wright to share insights into the community transformation process, how policies, systems, and environment approaches are impactful and sustainable, and how HBCU students and faculty/ staff champions can align their power with community change.

Cornell Wright is the Executive Director, NC Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities

Webinar #3: HBCU Accelerator Webinar Series: Social Justice & Community Voice
Recording coming soon

Welcome Dr. Sharrelle Barber to lead a presentation on and discussion of social justice and how HBCU students and faculty/ staff leads can find their community voice to lead true transformational change.

Dr. Sharrelle Barber is Assistant Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Urban Health Collaborative, Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health


February 18, 10am – 11am
HBCU Accelerator Webinar Series: Ensuring a Community Needs Assessment is OF the Community

We welcome special guest Dr. Kofi D. Essel to share more about the needs assessment he conducted as a physician, leader, student and member of the ward 7 and 8 community.  We will also discuss the needs assessment and key informant interview resources that the AHA has for HBCU students and faculty/ staff champions across the region.

Dr. Kofi D. Essel, MD, MPH, FAAP is Attending Physician, Children’s Health Center at Anacostia – Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health; Director, Community/Urban Health Scholarly Concentration, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s National Health System & GWUSMHS Washington, DC.

Join this link to view the presentation or call in to listen in on the session:
Conference Number +18008320736
Passcode: 9380977

Save the date for our Leadership Summit and Finalist Selection on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture in Charlotte, NC.

For more information visit www.empoweredtoserve.org/maahbcu  or please contact Shannon Emmanuel at Shannon.Emmanual@heart.org.

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