Health + Humanities Community Connections Faculty Grant

Each year, up to three CAS faculty will be awarded Health + Humanities Community Connections Faculty Grants to support courses that include new community partnerships in health + humanities.

This funding is intended for work that revises or expands an existing course in collaboration with a partner organization in Portland or the surrounding areas. Support is made possible by the Center for Community and Global Health and a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

The following questions will help you determine if your community partnership and/or project idea may be eligible for funding:

  • Does the community partner, or the proposed project, sit at the intersection of health + humanities? We encourage applicants to think boldly and broadly about this definition!
  • Is the community partner organization local to Oregon or does its work support people locally?
  • Does this project revise or expand a current Connect-Portland course or allow for adding this Connect-PDX designation to an existing course?

If you answered yes to these three questions, your project is a good candidate for funding!

Health + Humanities Community Connections Grant Program Details 


Email Alexis Rehrmann, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Center for Community and Global Health.

Expanding Our Community Collaborations

These new community partnerships will expand the reach of the Center for Community and Global Health’s Healing + Humanities programming, increase the number of Connect-Portland course offerings at L&C, and create opportunities for deepening community partnerships in the future. Award decisions will be made by the Center team. Read more about the Center’s existing community partnerships here: 

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