January 21, 2005

VUSM to host first meeting of community-focused collaborative

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Pat Pennington, right, reads to her great-granddaughter, 4-month-old Summer Martin, as her twin sister Autumn is read a book by Pam Kelley, their great aunt. The twins received books as part of the Reach Out and Read program during their well-baby exams at the Primary Care Clinic.
photo by Dana Johnson

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will be the host of the first annual meeting of the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative Feb. 16-18. VUSM is one of 10 schools participating in the collaborative.

Funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the Collaborative aims to increase support for community-engaged scholarship in the participating schools as well as health-professional schools nationwide.

By the end of the three-year project, the schools participating hope to significantly change their promotion and tenure systems to recognize and reward community-engaged scholarship and stimulate similar actions in schools across the country.