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Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices
in College Health Fund

The deadline for applications for the 2019-2020 school year is February 1, 2019. Funding recipients will be announced at the ACHA Annual Meeting scheduled for May 28-June 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. 


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

2018 Funding Recipient:

Clarion University of Pennsylvania - “Elevating a Community to Wellness: An Evidence-Based Approach” 
Project Director: Stephan M. Brooks, MPH, PAPHS, Coordinator of Health Promotions and Alcohol and Other Drugs Program

2017 Funding Recipient:

University of Texas, Austin - “Changing Patients, Changing Practices: Connecting with Transgender Students Through Telemedicine”
Project Director: David Vander Straten, MD, Medical Director, University Health Services

2016 Funding Recipient:

University of Hawaii – “No Shame, No Blame – Encouraging Help-Seeking Behaviors Young Males”
Project Director: Sulma Gandhi, DBA, Hilo Project Director

2015 Funding Recipient:

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 Recipient:

University of California, Riverside - "Autism 101"
Project Director: Dr. Jan Blacher

2013 Funding Recipients:

Innovative Practices in College Health
University of New Mexico - "College Mental Health Services for Distance Learners" 
Project Director: Stephanie D. McIver, PhD, Director, Counseling Services

Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care
University of Kentucky - "Effects of a Brief Educational Intervention on LGBT Health at a University Health Center"
Project Director: Brandy Reeves, MPH, CHES, Health Education Coordinator

2012 Funding Recipients:

Innovative Practices in College Health
Columbia University - "Mapping Healthy Columbia: An Interactive Tool"
Project Director: Michael McNeil, EdD, MS, CHES, FACHA, Director, Alice! Health Promotion

Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care
University of Bridgeport - "Targeting Obesity on a College Campus through a Healthy Monday Campaign" 
Project Director: Melissa Lopez, RN, BSN, MPH, Director, Student Health Services

2011 Funding Recipients:

Innovative Practices in College Health  
Luther College - "Luther College Health Service and Counseling Service Video Project" 
Project Director: JoEllen Anderson, RN, ARNP, Director of Student Health Service

Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care 
The Ohio State University - "Characterization of Hemoglobin A1c in a College Student Population: A Pilot Study"
Project Director: Judy Hild, MS, MBA, Senior Manager, Healthcare Allied Services

2010 Funding Recipients:

Innovative Practices in College Health
New York University - “Take Care NYU: A Comprehensive Framework to Improve Student Health at NYU”
Project Director: Carlo Ciotoli, MD, PMA 

Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care 
University of Georgia - “I Know How Project” 
Project Director: Gayle M. Robbins, PhD

2009 Funding Recipients:

University of Bridgeport – “The Art of Balancing”
Project Director: Melissa Lopez, BSN, MPH, Director of Student Health Services

Framingham State College - “Project Cosmo”
Project Director: Pamela Lehmberg, NP

2008 Funding Recipients:

Innovative Practices in College Health
University of Alabama - “A Comprehensive Weight Management Program to Reduce the Incidence of Obesity at the University of Alabama”
Project Director: Lori Greene, MS, RD, LD, Coordinator of Nutrition Education & Health Services  

Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care 
Rutgers University - “The Influence of Culture and Family on Female Body Perception and Obesity” 
Project Director: Dorothy Kozlowski, NPC, MSN, Director, Willets Health Center

2007 Funding Recipients:

Innovative Practices in College Health 
Iowa State University - "Experience Design for Student Health Center"
Project Director:  Debra Satterfield, MFA

Innovative Practices in Culturally Competent Health Care 
University of Iowa Student Health Service - "Enhancing International Students' Access to Appropriate Health Care"
Project Directors: Gayle Nelson, MS, RN, BC and Mary Khowassah, MD

2006 Funding Recipients:

Pine Manor College - "A Campus Based Program to Reduce the Incidence of Obesity in Women of Color at Pine Manor College"
Project Director: Carole Worsh, APRN-BC, ANP, Director of Health Services

University of Michigan - "Educational Program to Assist International College Students in Deciding about Treatment for Latent TB Infection"
Project Director: Carol Tucker, MPH

2005 Funding Recipient:

University of Central Florida - "Evaluation of Web-Based Triage Referrals for Emergent or Immediate Care in College Students"
Project Director: Patricia Stuart, BSN, ARNP

2004 Funding Recipients:

Carroll College - "Assessing Students Needs for the Development of a Comprehensive Health Program"
Project Director: Pamela Pinahs-Schultz, PhD

Georgetown University - "Evaluating the Impact of an Online Health Resource"
Project Director: Anjali NC Downs, Health Promotion Counselor