Communities Engagement

MICHR's Communities Engagement (CE) Program provides consultation, education, and funding to support research projects in community and practice-based settings. Our services and funding are available to a broad base of partners, including academics, community members, health providers, and others engaged in collaborative research efforts to improve community and population health throughout the State of Michigan.

CE Program faculty and staff work closely with and provide leadership to the Great Lakes Research Into Practice Network (GRIN), a virtual statewide primary care research network of office practices in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and independent-practice nursing. GRIN investigates questions related to community-based issues to improve the quality of primary care through clinical translational research. To learn more, visit GRIN's website.


MICHR Pilot Grant Funding Now Available!

Applications are now being accepted for MICHR's new Translational Science Award. This funding supports various types of clinical and translational research, including community-based participatory research. Applications for this round are due September 12, 2016. Visit the Pilot Grant Program's website to learn more.

MICHR continues to provide the Community-University Partnership Seed (CUPS) Grant (up to $5,000) for partnership development, maintenance, and sustainability activities. Applications for this award are accepted on a rolling basis. View the Request for Applications for more information.


The CE Program offers assistance to research teams considering partnership readiness, exploring community-engaged approaches, finding potential collaborators, and developing grant applications for community-engaged projects. You can request a consultation by emailing



The CE Program provides tailored educational presentations on topics such as ethical protections in community-engaged research and partnership development, and can adapt content to fit the needs for specific audiences. To learn more about educational offerings, send us an email.

On September 10, 2015, MICHR held its first Communities Engagement Summit, bringing together over 30 different community organization, government, university, and health system partners to explore shared health priorities and potential areas for collaboration. Visit our 2015 Summit page to learn more and get involved.


Susan Woolford, MD, MPH 
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Jorge Delva, PhD, MSW

Associate Dean for Educational Programs & Associate Professor, School of Social Work


Michael Klinkman, MD, MS    
Co-Director, Great Lakes Research Into Practice Network (GRIN)
Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry


Don Vereen, MD, MPH
Director, Community-Based Public Health



Kanchan Lota, MPH, CQIA      
Administrative Program Director

Cynthia Norton, BS      
Administrative Assistant

Meghan Airgood-Spiroff, MHA, CHES    
Recruitment & Engagement Liaison


Karen Calhoun, MA   
Project & Network Specialist


Kent Key, PhD, MPH, BBA   
Project & Network Specialist


Adam Paberzs, MPH   
Research Liaison


Leslie Paulson, MSW     
Network Research Specialist
Great Lakes Research Into Practice Network (GRIN)


Tricia Piechowski-Whitney, MPH, MSW, MA      
Community Engagement Coordinator


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