Social Justice Impact Grants Address Community Health Issues Across the State

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The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 Social Justice Impact Grants. RIO will provide a total of $95,442 to fund the following projects that address community health issues across Minnesota:

  • Gail Ferguson (CEHD) for "Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of a Transdisciplinary Healthy Eating Intervention for Black Immigrant/Refugee Adolescents"
  • Janna Gerwirtz O'Brien (Medical School) for "Feasibility and Effectiveness of YouthHealthConnect: A Youth-Driven, Systems Alignment Strategy to Advance Health Equity"
  • Sungduck Lee, (College of Design) for "Aging in Place: Aging Community Design Strategies for Rural Minnesota"

Launched in 2020, the Social Justice Impact Grants aim to catalyze rigorous, solution-oriented research on social justice topics, including criminal justice reform, housing segregation/gentrification, systemic racism, achievement gaps, health disparities, and environmental justice. RIO expects to support between three and six projects each year.