Community Colleges and Public Health

The League's Community Colleges and Public Health Project was launched in 2012 in collaboration with the Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education for Public Health Task Force, convened by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

Student Ambassadors. ASPPH's This Is Public Health (TIPH) Ambassadors help raise awareness about the field of public health by leading virtual events, taking over the TIPH social media accounts, and planning activities for K-16 students to grow interest in public health education and careers. To request an Ambassador for your online activity or event, complete the Ambassador Request form at

    Project Overview. The project is currently in Phase 4, which is focused on creating a community college culture of health. Click here to read summaries of Phases 1, 2, and 3.

    Public Health Grants 2020-2021

    COVID-19: The Ultimate Public Health Challenge

    Deadline extended to January 31, 2021

    The League for Innovation in the Community College (League), in collaboration with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), is providing support to enhance curriculum surrounding COVID-19 as it relates to the pandemic as a public health challenge.

    COVID-19 represents the largest public health crisis of our lifetime. It has overwhelmed students and faculty as they adapt to online education as well as the economic and social challenges associated with the pandemic. To encourage and facilitate the integration of information about COVID-19 into the education of community college students, the League is focusing its public health small-grant program on supporting community college faculty in the development of curriculum on COVID-19 as a public health issue.

    The League invites community college faculty to develop curriculum specific to COVID-19 for integration into existing courses by November 1, 2021. Curriculum may be developed for any course or program, including, but not limited to, workforce development programs, business and economics, humanities and fine arts, social sciences, health and wellness, public and allied health, and nursing. The curriculum must include (a) a focus on the impact of COVID-19 as it relates to the specific course, program, or discipline; and (b) exploration of career opportunities in public health in the context of the specific course, program, or discipline.

    The League will award up to 40 small grants ($500 each) to support the COVID-19 curriculum development project. Funds may be used to cover costs associated with the creation of educational materials, course promotion and advertising, and/or curriculum evaluation. All grant-funded teaching materials will be posted on the League’s website for other faculty to use or adapt for use in their courses, free of charge.


    Faculty at community/technical colleges are eligible to apply.

    Faculty may develop curriculum for any course or program; the curriculum must include

    1. The impact of COVID-19 in the context of the specific course/program; and
    2. Exploration of career opportunities in public health related to the specific course/program.

    If you have questions about your eligibility to participate, contact Judy Greenfield.

    Application and Deadline

    The deadline for submitting an application and the required letter of support has been extended to January 31, 2021. Click the links below to access the application and instructions for completing the application.

    Click here to download the instructions.

    Click here to download the fillable grant application.



    Cynthia Wilson, Vice President, Learning, and Chief Impact Officer

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