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Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices
in College Health Fund

The deadline for applications for the 2018-2019 school year is February 2, 2018. Award recipient will be announced at the 2018 ACHA Annual Meeting,  May 29-June 2 in Washington, DC. 


Gallagher Koster has established through the American College Health Foundation the Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to student health centers and their staff for the development of innovative practices that improve access to quality health care for students.

One $3,500 funding opportunity will be awarded through the Gallagher Koster Fund in 2016. This is the eleventh year that the Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health award will be awarded. This funding opportunity supports the development of creative solutions to improve access to quality health care for all students.

The goal of this funding program is to spawn new ideas and innovative practices that improve students' access to health care and to share these strategies with other college health care professionals via presentations at state, regional, and national conferences, and publications in college health related periodicals.

American College Health Association institutional or individual members are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Applicants are encouraged to put together project proposals that develop or utilize partnerships on their campuses and that demonstrate internal financial and in-kind support.

Funding Proposal Materals

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Past Funding Recipients

2015 Funding Winners:

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago – “College Health and Counseling Services as Essential Champions for Transgender Students”
    Project Director: Joseph Behen, PhD, Executive Director

2014 Funding Winners:

  • University of California, Riverside, Jan Blacher, Project Director
    Project Title: "Autism 101"

2013 Funding Winners:

  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Award: University of New Mexico, Stephanie McIver, PhD
    Project Title: "College Mental Health Services for Distance Learners"
  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care Award: University of Kentucky, Brandy Reeves, MPH, CHES
    Project Title: "Effects of a Brief Educational Intervention on LGBT Health at a University Health Center"

2012 Funding Winners:

  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Award: Columbia University, Michael McNeil, EdD, MS, CHES, FACHA, project director
    Project Title: "Mapping Healthy Columbia: An Interactive Tool"
  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care Award: University of Bridgeport, Melissa Lopez, project director
    Project Title: "Targeting Obesity on a College Campus through a Healthy Monday Campaign"

2011 Funding Winners:

  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Award: Luther College, JoEllen Anderson, RN, ARNP
    Project Title: "Luther College Health Service and Counseling Service Video Project"
  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care Award: The Ohio State University, Judy Hild, MS, MBA
    Project Title: "Characterization of Hemoglobin A1c in a College Student Population: A Pilot Study"

2010 Funding Winners:

  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care Award: University of Georgia, Gayle M. Robbins, PhD
    Project Title: “I Know How Project”
  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Award: New York University, Carlo Ciotoli, MD, PMA
    Project Title: “Take Care NYU: A Comprehensive Framework to Improve Student Health at NYU”

2009 Funding Winners:

  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Award: University of Bridgeport, Melissa Lopez, BSN, MPH
    Project Title: “The Art of Balancing”
  • Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Award: Framingham State College, Pamela Lehmberg
    Project Title: “Project Cosmo”

2008 Funding Winners:

  • Innovative Practices in College Health Award: University of Alabama, Lori Greene, MS, RD, LD
    Project Title: “A Comprehensive Weight Management Program to Reduce the Incidence of Obesity at the University of Alabama”
  • Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care Award: Rutgers University, Dorothy Kozlowski, NPC, MSN
    Project Title: “The Influence of Culture and Family on Female Body Perception and Obesity”

2007 Funding Winners:

  • Innovative Practices in College Health Award: Iowa State University
    Project Title: "Experience Design for Student Health Center"
  • Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care Award: University of Iowa Student Health Service
    Project Title: "Enhancing International Students' Access to Appropriate Health Care"

2006 Funding Winners:

  • Pine Manor College Student Health Services
    Project Title: "A Campus Based Program to Reduce the Incidence of Obesity in Women of Color at Pine Manor College"
  • University of Michigan Health Services
    Project Title: "Educational Program to Assist International College Students in Deciding about Treatment for Latent TB Infection"

2005 Funding Winner:

  • University of Central Florida
    Project Title: "Evaluation of Web-Based Triage Referrals for Emergent or Immediate Care in College Students"

2004 Funding Winners:

  • Carroll College
    Project Title: "Assessing Students Needs for the Development of a Comprehensive Health Program"
  • Georgetown University
    Project Title: "Evaluating the Impact of an Online Health Resource"