Research Funding

LA CaTS Community Scholars Program (LaCOSP)


Purpose

The goal of the LA CaTS Community Scholars Program (LaCoSP) is to increase the capacity of community-academic partnerships to conduct community engaged research with mutual ownership of the processes and products, and with the ultimate goal of improving the health of residents of Louisiana and the nation.

Background

The LaCoSP, which is an adaptation of the Community Engaged Scholars (CES) Program by the MUSC College of Nursing Center for Community Health Partnerships and the MUSC South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute, was developed by the LA CaTS Community Engagement and Outreach Resource (CEOR). Because of the implementation of the LaCOSP, researchers are now more incentivized to move out of their “comfort zone” of traditional biomedical research, and community members are better able to generate research ideas and devote time in building research skills. The LaCOSP was in first launched in January 2016 with the first call for applications.

Goals

  • Increase academic research investigators’ participation in community engaged research.
  • Promote collaboration and trusted partnership between community-based organizations addressing health disparities and translational researchers within the LA CaTS Center.
  • Fund multiple PIs (Community & Academic) pilot projects relative to community needs, which are congruent to the goals, mission and vision of the LA CaTS Center.
  • Stimulate subsequent research funding, projects and peer-reviewed publications.

Overview and Competences

The program provides formal training, mentorship and pilot project funds for teams comprised of a community and an academic partner interested in community-based participatory research (CBPR). 
Participants successfully completing LaCoSP, will have the skills to:

  • Articulate the concepts and components of CBPR and other methods for community engaged research
  • Apply CBPR principles in the conduct of research
  • Communicate with audiences in both community and academic settings about CBPR principles and components 
  • Implement a pilot CBPR initiative to address a shared community health priority
  • Incorporate CBPR principles and approaches in funding applications
  • Develop a 3-4 year plan for subsequent CBPR research funding based on pilot

Team Structure

Each team must consist of at least one community partner and one academic partner.
An academic partner is an individual(s) with a faculty, clinician or postdoctoral appointment at one or more of the university/academic LA CaTS partner institutions.
A community partner is defined as an individual(s) who maintains a primary affiliation, whether employed or volunteer, with a community organization.  For the purpose of this program, community organization is defined as an organization that has:

  •  a documented interest in improving the health of the relevant community (e.g., a mission statement); and
  •  a history of serving the health needs and interests of the relevant community. 

These organizations may include, but are not limited to public schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based health provider organizations and/or advocacy groups. 

Questions?

Contact the LA CaTS Community Engagement & Outreach Resource at Community@LACaTS.org or (504) 520-5345.

LaCOSP Awardees

2016  Round 1 LA CaTS Community Scholars Program

Pilot Study Title

Academic Partner

Community Partner

Childhood Lead Exposure from New Orleans Drinking Water

Adrienne Katner, DEnv
LSUHSC School of Public Health

Dawn Marie Hurt, MS
Southern United Neighborhoods

Impact of Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) in ASCVD Risk Assessment and Impact of Education on Behavioral ASCVD Risk Factors

Gholam Ali, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine

Daphne Ferdinand, PhD, RN
Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project, Inc.

Peer Support and Mentoring Among Adolescent Parents

S. Amanda Dumas, MD, MSc
LSUHSC School Of Medicine

Miriam Campbell, MPH
Health Start New Orleans

Community-Based Mental Health Support Groups to Reduce Perinatal Depression

Gloria Giarratano, MSN, PhD
LSUHSC School of Nursing

Mary L. Alexander, MSW
Healthy Start New Orleans

Assessment of Patient Access to YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Mary T. Coleman, MD, PhD
LSUHSC Dept. of Family Medicine

Erica Halpern
YMCA of Greater New Orleans