The American Psychiatric Foundation has launched the Helping Hands Grants
Program, which will provide $5,000 grants to medical schools for mental health
service projects, particularly in underserved minority communities, that are
created and managed by medical students.
These projects can be conducted with community agencies or in conjunction
with medical school outreach activities.
The Helping Hands program was established to encourage medical students to
participate in community service activities, particularly those focused on
underserved populations; raise awareness of mental illness and the importance
of early recognition of illness; and build an interest among medical students
in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.
The program, which is modeled after a similar primary care program
administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges, is supported
through an unrestricted educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical
Altha J. Stewart, M.D., president of the American Psychiatric Foundation,
commented, "We hope these grants will foster an interest in psychiatry
and a desire as future physicians to give back to the community."
Medical schools are eligible to apply for grants. All projects will be
conducted under the supervision of medical faculty. Medical students must be
in their second, third, or fourth year of medical school at the time they are
engaged in community service.
The deadline for applications is June 15.
More information is posted at the foundation's Web site at<www.psychfoundation.org>.▪