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Association News
Medical Schools Win Grants For Community Projects
Psychiatric News
Volume 41 Number 8 page 24-24

The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) has selected three universities to receive the first annual Helping Hands Grants. Each school will receive a $5,000 grant for a community mental health service project initiated and managed by medical students under the supervision of medical faculty. The awards are made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.

The foundation, which is dedicated to advancing public understanding that mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated, approved the following grants:

"We are pleased to provide funding to these schools for the valuable community mental health activities being undertaken by students," said APF President Altha Stewart, M.D. "These students are the future of our profession, and I am proud that they are taking the initiative to work with underserved populations."

The Helping Hands Grant Program raises awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition and builds an interest among medical students in psychiatry and service in underserved communities.

More information is posted online at<www.psychfoundation.org>.

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