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The Intersection of Community, Academia, and Grantmaking

Hosting Organization: 
Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives
Friday, April 27, 2018
8:30am - 12:30pm EDT
University of Pennsylvania
Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall | 3417 Spruce Street | Philadelphia PA 19104
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This symposium offers training and education on developing, pitching, and funding innovative project ideas that utilize community-academic partnerships. Participants will receive an introduction to the current funding landscape and learn best practices to develop and sustain community-academic partnerships.

This symposium is part of the Community Scholars Program, a program led by the Center for Public Health Initiatives, primarily supported by the University of Pennsylvania's Office of the Provost, with additional support and partnership from the Prevention Research's Center's Philadelphia Health Leadership Institute, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and the Penn School of Medicine's National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Division of General Medicine. As part of the symposium, Community Scholars will pitch their ideas for evidence-based interventions that improve health outcomes. Pitches will be judged by a panel of local funders.


  • Phillip Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Foundation
  • Heather Major, IBC Foundation Programs
  • Laura McKenna, The Patricia Kind Family Foundation
  • Joe Pyle, Scattergood Foundation

 2017-2018 Community Scholars:

  • Amanda Hallock, Promise Zone Research Connection
  • Bettye Ferguson, Promise Zone Research Connection
  • Dennis Boroughs, Promise Zone Research Connection
  • Arnett Woodall, A & W Community Solutions
  • Carter J.Cloyd, The Consortium
  • Chiwishi J. Abney, Five Loaves & Two Fish Unlimited - Hero, Inc.
  • Diriba S. Gonfa, Oromo Community Organization of Pennsylvania
  • Emily Lucas, Habitat’s Home Repair (Habitat for Humanity)
  • Eric Edi, Coalition of African Communities
  • Kate Fox, Dept. of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services
  • Kiasha Huling, Sayre Health Center
  • Margaret Banda, Sayre Health Center
  • Krista McKay, Alzheimer’s Association - Delaware Valley Chapter
  • Roslyn Walker, Philadelphia Urban Health Advocates

Keynote Speaker:  Sidney Hargro

Sidney Hargro became the Executive Director of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia in July 2017. Philanthropy Network serves grantmakers and social investors in greater Philadelphia as a hub for learning, engagement, and knowledge-sharing; incubator of partnerships and ideas; and an accelerator of collective action initiatives, all informed by policy, equity, and innovation.

Prior to joining Philanthropy Network, Sidney spent eight years leading the startup Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) where he increased assets from $400,000 to $20+ million. Sidney currently serves on several regional and national boards in the philanthropic sector, including Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, World Education Services, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and CDC, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Sidney is also a lecturer in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania teaching Field Exercise in Social Impact Measurement.



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