In 2020, the Parkinson's Foundation launched the Centers of Excellence Community Outreach Resource Education (CORE) grants to support community-based education and outreach programs that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s community.
These grants fund the furthering of innovative health initiatives, wellness and education programs for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). All national and international centers can receive a CORE grant for their wellness educational programs to their underserved PD communities.
The five focus areas for FY2020 applications include:
- Services for diverse and underserved populations.
- Community healthcare professional training/education.
- Programs that address mental health and Parkinson’s.
- Innovative programs that reach Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease.
- Innovative therapeutic programs.
Centers of Excellence CORE Grant Recipients
In August 2020, the Parkinson’s Foundation awarded 19 CORE grant recipients across the Center of Excellence network. Grants fund a variety of programs that address mental health, provide services to diverse and underserved populations, offer a variety of innovative therapies and programs, and provide professional healthcare training.
2020 Center of Excellence CORE grant recipients:
Insight into Parkinson's Disease Symptoms by Using Mindfulness - Offering a newly developed mindfulness program tailored for the specific needs of patients with Parkinson's Disease, Philipps-University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany
Contact: Carsten Eggers, firstname.lastname@example.org, uni-marburg.de
Hispanic Outreach Leadership Conference 2021, Dignity Health dba St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Contact: Claudia Martinez, email@example.com, dignityhealth.org
University of Colorado Advanced Treatments in Movement Disorders Program: Narrowing the knowledge gap between primary care providers and movement disorders neurologists in the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease, University of Colorado Denver, AMC and DC, Aurora, CO
Contact: Drew Kern, firstname.lastname@example.org, ucdenver.edu
Growing the Chicago Movement Coalition: An academic-community partnership for Parkinson’s education in underserved communities, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Contact: Danielle Larson, email@example.com, feinberg.northwestern.edu
I SEE PD Home: Interactive Symposia and Educational Experience on Parkinson's Disease for Home Health Professionals, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Contact: Jori Fleisher, firstname.lastname@example.org, rushu.rush.edu
Therapeutic Arts and Expressive Arts Therapies, IU School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Elizabeth Zauber, email@example.com
Living Alone with Parkinson’s: A Program Offering Planning, Social Support and Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Contact: Lissa Kapust, firstname.lastname@example.org, bidmc.org
Establishing A Rural PD Network in Minnesota/western Wisconsin, Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson's Center, Golden Valley, MN
Contact: Rose Wichmann, email@example.com, struthers-parkinsons-center.org
UNC Parkinson's Hospitalization Improvement Program - Assessment Phase, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC), Chapel Hill, NC
Contact: Nina Browner, firstname.lastname@example.org, unc.edu
Clearing a Path to Improved Care and Opportunities for Hispanic People with Parkinson’s, Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Contact: Blanca Valdovinos, email@example.com, rochester.edu
Close Contact for Couples with Parkinson’s, The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Suzanne Reichwein, firstname.lastname@example.org, pennmedicine.org