Academic Community Collaboration Award (ACCA)


Academic Community Collaboration Award (ACCA) Seed Grants for Research and Program Development

The Rodham Institute’s Academic Community Collaboration Award was formed to stimulate and advance community-university collaborations around research and program development related to the health and well-being of the residents of D.C. Grants are awarded to collaboration between community organizations and George Washington University students or faculty that most successfully demonstrate the potential for advancing the health and well-being of the residents of D.C.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due:

Application Due Date:

Award Date:

One (1) award of $10,000 will be given to applicants that present strong proposals topical to this year’s theme:

2018 Theme:

In each category, students and faculty are required to partner with a community agency or community leader. Need a community or academic partner? Please follow this link to our Community Collaborative Database.

If you have questions or are in need of help linking to an academic or community partner, please contact: Sara Mutnick, ACCA Project Manager, Rodham Institute, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, at

Budget Template


2017 ACCA Winners

Project Title: A Community Collaborative to Address School Absenteeism.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Danielle Dooley and Children’s National Health System
Community Partner: CentroNia

2016 ACCA Winners

Project Title: Creating Toolkits for Parents & Families of LGBTQ Young People: Strategies for Supporting Health and Wellness Among Youth    
Principal Investigator:
Chad Henson, MD - SMHS
Community Partner:    
Whitman-Walker Health

Project Title: Youth Mental Health First Aid    
Prinicipal Investigator:
Melissa McCarthy, ScD - Milken
Community Partner:    
Green Door

Project Title:Engaging communities to enhance coordinated asthma care    
Principal Investigator:
Joyce Pulcini, PhD, FNP-BC - School of Nursing    
Community Partner:
DC Asthma Coalition


2015 ACCA Winners

Project Title: Empowering physicians to Address Health disparities related to food insecurity
GW SMHS and Wholesome Wave
Principal Investigators
Skye Cornell, Wholesome Wave
Natashea Winters, Wholesome Wave
Sheena Khurana, MD, GW SMHS
Dianne Thompson, MD, Wholesome Wave

Project Title: Improving Communication and Transitions of Care between The George Washington University Hospital Emergency Department and Unity Health Care.
Sonal Batra, M.D.
Reem Al-Hawas, M.D.
Community Partners – Unity Health Care
Eleni O’Donovan, M.D.  
Andrea Anderson, M.D.  
Amoreena Howell, D.O.  
Keith Egan, D.O. PGY II  


Project Title: Return on Investment Associated with Decreased Acute Care Utilization for Inner-City Children with Asthma Receiving Medical-Legal Intervention in Washington, DC: Results of an Enhanced Partnership between Children's National Health System and Children's Law Center
Community Partner: 
Holly Stevens, PhD Research Coordinator Children's Law Center Washington, DC
Academic Partner: 
Abby Nerlinger, MD
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow Department of Pediatrics Children's National Health System Washington, DC