“We know students can bring new insights and ideas to address some of our most pressing challenges,” said Kathryn Kietzman, PhD, project lead and director of the UCLA CHPR Health Equity Program. “With support from mentors across the university and California public health community, students will fully develop their ideas and have the chance to turn these ideas into action. We’re very excited to get to work with UCLA students in this way and give them a unique opportunity to make an impact on issues they care about.”
“MolinaCares understands from our work across California and across the country that health disparities are widespread and require ongoing resources and solutions to resolve. We are excited to partner with UCLA to invest in the public health leaders of tomorrow and spur creative thinking on how to solve persistent issues faced by vulnerable communities across California,” said Abbie Totten, Plan President of Molina Healthcare of California.
The competition will have two rounds. Starting in January 2022, UCLA graduate students are invited to complete a two-page application outlining an intervention that could be executed by a local CBO to address a health inequity in the greater Los Angeles area or other California community in need. Proposals can span direct interventions, program development, policy changes, or other innovative ideas. Concept proposals are welcome from many disciplines that intersect with health including policy, education, law, urban planning and others. Ten students will be selected by an Independent Review Committee to participate in round two.
The 10 students selected for the second round will receive a $2,500 stipend and 10 weeks of mentorship to help identify community partners and develop a full project proposal on their community-based solution to the identified Health Equity Challenge. Projects must be feasible and have measurable outcomes to improve an identified community health issue.
Two final proposals will be selected by the Independent Review Committee and two associated CBOs will receive funding of up to $50,000 for implementation. The winning students will receive an additional $2,500 stipend to continue documenting the impact of the project’s implementation.