November 6, 2001

UCSD Receives HUD Grant To Lead Community Collaborative In City Heights

UCSD School of Medicine has received a Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) Program New Directions grant from the federal Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase the safety and livability of the City Heights neighborhood.

The two-year $150,000 grant will enable UCSD to work in collaboration with community partners to develop and implement programs ranging from violence prevention to elimination of cultural barriers in City Heights. These partners include: the San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Probation, the San Diego Community College District, the San Diego Unified School District, the City of San Diego Housing Commission, and Mid-City for Youth as well as other community service agencies. These partners have been working together for ten years on projects such as the Housing Commission’s Moving to Work Program, and developing science, technology and arts after school programs at City Heights elementary and middle schools.

“The COPC is an example of University Community partnerships that have grown from collaborations in City Heights over the past ten years,” said Vivian Reznik, M.D., UCSD professor of pediatrics and director of the COPC grant. “It leverages resources, brings innovative ideas to the neighborhood and allows our students to get experiences that are meaningful to their education.”

The activities this program will undertake include:

UCSD is one of 25 academic institutions throughout the country that has received a COPC grant for FY 2001. UCSD has one of only two Community Outreach Partnership Centers based in medical schools, and is the only medical institution to receive the grant this year. The first COPC was funded in 1997 and many more programs have been funded since that time.

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