July 3, 2018
Community Health Education faculty members Aline Gubrium and Jin Kim-Mozeleski are among the recipients of Public Service Endowment Grants (PSEG) from a special campus fund designed to boost outreach, extend the campus resources into the surrounding community and enhance the public service mission of the university.
PSEG grants support collaborations between community partners and university scholars to address complex public issues through community-informed projects. Its vision statement calls for the program to emphasize “converting knowledge into readily usable forms for immediate applications.” The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement administers the program.
Aline Gubrium and Mary Paterno, nursing, were awarded $15,000 for a project with the Trial Court of Massachusetts to evaluate an existing community-based program developed to build life skills and social support for rural women with opioid use disorder (OUD), and pilot test the effectiveness of adding an additional narrative health promotion component. Other community partners include the Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance and Hampshire HOPE.
Jin Kim-Mozeleski will work with Community Action Pioneer Valley on a project to promote food security among low-income persons living in Franklin County by better understanding and addressing needs around nutrition and health. The researchers will conduct a community-engaged, participatory research project in a food pantry setting, to generate knowledge that can be readily applied towards promoting food security in this rural, largely underserved community. They also seek to lay the foundation for creating a community/peer advisory board of food pantry clients who will continue to be invested in solving community-identified issues, thereby sustaining the work of this seed funding. Cheryl L. Dukes, director of healthcare outreach and community engagement in the College of Nursing, is a consultant to the project, which was awarded $14,948.