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2011-12 Outreach Incentive Grant Winners

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville provides special project funding for proposals that specifically enhance the engagement mission of the university. UT Community Engagement Incentive Grants are allocated through a competitive annual process, subject to both academic and community peer review. Learn more here.

Katherine Ambroziak – College of Architecture and Design
Proposal Title: 
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Demarcation Studies

Abstract: Funding is requested to support an academic initiative to study the detailing and prototype construction of a demarcating cemetery wall for Odd Fellows Cemetery. The wall is an integral component of a larger, long-term proposal for the development of a memorial landscape that supports community memory and  strengthens neighborhood social structure.  Studies for the design and construction will be part of the curricular content of the Arc 425/525 seminar Methods and Tactics for Materials and Construction in spring 2012. The product will be a built segment of cemetery wall that may be reviewed by the city and community.
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Sandra Mixer – College of Nursing
Proposal Title:
Culture Care of Hispanic and Underserved Caucasian Children/Families

Abstract: The purpose of this collaborative study between East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) College of Nursing is to discover, describe, and analyze the culture care expressions, practices, and patterns of Hispanic and underserved (financially or educationally) Caucasian children/families. This project was initiated by staff nurses at ETCH to address challenges caring for culturally diverse groups and to develop nursing actions and decisions that facilitate culturally congruent care. The academic-practice partnership model focuses on extending university resources to help nurses provide evidence-based, culturally congruent care so that recipients of care benefit from optimal health and well-being.
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David Patterson, College of Social Work
Proposal Title:
Evaluation of Housing First Outcomes for Formerly Homeless Individuals at Flenniken Landing

Courtesy Knoxville Leadership Foundation

Abstract: Conducted by KnoxHMIS, the Evaluation of Housing First Outcomes for Formerly Homeless Individuals at Flenniken Landing will serve to increase the number of subjects in the current study examining mental health symptoms, substance use, quality of life, readiness to change, employment, and education outcomes of formerly homeless individuals placed in a Housing First model of Permanent Supportive Housing in Knoxville, TN. Enlargement of this ongoing study will enable us to double our sample size, thereby increasing potential statistical power and the validity of findings. This methodological enhancement strengthens our capacity to ensure community acceptance of the study’s findings.
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Hollie Raynor, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (Nutrition)
Proposal Title:
Development, Implementation, & Evaluation of a Client‐centered Nutrition Counseling Component to Enhance Health Outcomes in a Worksite Wellness Program at Radio Systems Corporation

Abstract: The goal of this proposal is to develop, implement, and evaluate the addition of a client‐centered nutrition counseling component to a worksite wellness program for obese individuals employed at Radio Systems Corporation (RSC) in Knoxville, TN. A collaborative partnership between RSC’s Global Wellness and Engagement Manger, Becka Wilson, MS, ACSM‐CPT, and Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, has been established to: 1) develop a worksite wellness program that improves the health of obese employees of RSC; and 2) provide a service‐learning opportunity for graduate students in Public Health Nutrition to gain skills in program planning, implementation, and evaluation of a community‐based intervention.
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Dawnie Steadman, College of Arts and Sciences (Anthropology)
Proposal Title:

The Forensic Files Project

Abstract: The proposed Forensic Files Project is a collaborative effort between the Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC), Department of Anthropology, and the Knox County Schools (KCS) District to provide 1) enrichment to the high school Forensic Science curriculum, and 2) teaching and engagement experience for UTK undergraduate and graduate students. Criminal Science Investigations (CSI), a forensic science course, is currently being taught in six high schools in Knox County and the curriculum includes forensic identification and decomposition, which are specialties of the FAC. The benefit to KCS students is experiential learning as they will gain hands-on opportunities while the benefit to UTK is recruitment, especially in STEM fields, and teaching enhancement. 
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