July 26, 2013
Stuart Chipkin (at left), research professor in Kinesiology and co-Principal Investigator for the Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center (WMPHTC), and Dawn Heffernan (at right), director of the WMPHTC, received one of five Public Service Endowment Grants from the university's Office of Research Development. The awards were given to faculty-led projects intended to enhance the public service mission of the campus by translating faculty and staff research for use that benefits community partners while engaging them in the process.
Chipkin and Heffernan received funding for “My Life, My Health,” a project for sustainable chronic disease self-management programming in area communities. The community partners are Franklin County Home Care, Highland Valley Elder Services and the Western Regional Health Office of the state Department of Public Health. The project was awarded $15,000.
Chikpin and Heffernan's project was one of three grants awarded to SPHHS faculty. For more information on all grant recipients, read here.