LINC Seed Grant Program

Annually, the LINC Faculty Council invites applications from UT Health San Antonio faculty and staff requesting financial support for pilot projects designed to advance IPE activities based in classroom (in-person and online), simulation (in-person and online), clinical (practical experiences in patient care settings), and community (practical experiences without direct patient care) settings. Support ranging from $500 to $5000 is available through the program for projects demonstrating potential in terms of future scalability, sustainability, extramural support and integration into programs’ curricula. Pilot projects must involve contributors from at least two different UT Health San Antonio schools and be designed to develop competencies within learners that target the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) framework. In addition to advancing an innovative IPE activity, funded projects must formally investigate effectiveness through a robust assessment of hypotheses and desired outcomes. A well-defined plan to disseminate findings and use pilot data to seek extramural funding is expected. To date, $125,456 has been awarded for 27 projects involving 96 investigators and collaborators.

2024 LINC Seed Grant Application Information

E-LOIs for the 2024 LINC Seed Grant cycle have closed.

Contributions to Collaborative Scholarship

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2023 LINC Seed Grants 

Bridging the Gap—Gaining Proficiency in Translational Science Utilizing a Peer-to-Peer Teaching Model between Medical and Graduate Biomedical Students. Kate Lathrop, M.D. (PI); Timothy Raabe, Ph.D. (Co-PI); Christopher Valdez, Ph.D. (Co-PI).

Clinical Cadavers, Procedural Simulation in the Anatomy Lab. Annette Occhialini, M.D., F.A.C.S. (PI); Lark Ford, Ph.D, M.A., M.S.N., RN; Benjamin G. Johnson, B.S.; Haley Nation, Ph.D.; Omid B Rahimi, Ph.D.; Steven Skaggs, Ph.D., M.P.A.S., PA-C; Jessica Solis-McCarthy, M.D., FACEP

Creating a Framework for a Clinical Interprofessional Collaborative within a Dental Clinic: The Crossroads of Dental and SLP Service Delivery. Angela Kennedy, S.L.P-D., CCC-SLP (PI); Noorpreet Kaur, B.D.S., M.P.H. (Co-PI); Claudia Isabel Contreras, D.D.S.

Interprofessional Education for Substance Use Disorders (IPE-SUD). Adrienne Lindsey, M.A., DBH (PI); Leticia Bland, D.H.Sc., M.P.A.S., PA-C (Co-PI); Paul Allen, D.Sc., M.P.A.S., PA-C, FAAPA; Barbara Taylor, M.D., M.S.

Training UTHSA Interprofessional Students on preventing HPV: A peer-to-peer experiential learning approach. Sohini Dhar, D.D.S., M.P.H. (PI); Owen T. Hill, Ph.D, M.P.A.S., PA-C (Co-PI); Laura Sisk, D.N.P., RN (Co-PI)

2022 LINC Seed Grants 

Building Clinical Collaboration within a Dental Clinic: The Crossroads of Dental and SLP Service Delivery. Angela Kennedy, S.L.P-D., CCC-SLP (Co-PI); Noorpreet Kaur, B.D.S., M.P.H. (Co-PI); Casey Taliancich-Klinger, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.

Enhancing Perceived Confidence, Communication, and Teamwork Collaboration of Allied Health and Nursing Students Using Interprofessional Critical Care Simulation Experiences. Bobby Belarmino, PT, D.P.T, Ph.D., CCS (PI); Isabell Stoltz, D.N.P., M.N., RN, CCNS; Autumn Clegg, Ed.D., OTR; Tabatha Dragonberry, D.H.Sc., M.B.A-H, M.Ed., RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, CPFT, C-NPT; Mei-Ling Lin, Ph.D., OTR

Improving Effective Communication with Acquired Language-Impaired Patients: A Pilot Study of a Clinical Interprofessional Experience for Future Healthcare Providers. Catherine Torrington Eaton, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (PI); Angela Kennedy, S.L.P-D., CCC-SLP (Co-PI); Laura Novak, O.T.D., OTR, BCG; Rebecca Moote, Pharm.D.; Leticia Bland, D.H.Sc., M.P.A.S., PA-C

Interprofessional Training Between Dietetic, Dental, and Nursing Students: A Clinical Approach. Georgiana Gross, M.P.H, RDN, LD, (PI); Liset Vasquez, Ph.D.; Moonju Lee, Ph.D., RN; Beatriz Hicks, M.A., RDH

2021 LINC Seed Grants 

A Co-Curricular IPE for Health Professions Students: A World Cafe Approach for Facilitating Knowledge about Interprofessional Collaboration and Patient-Centered Care. Pamela Recto, Ph.D., RN (PI); Janna Lesser, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (Co-PI); Andrea Moreno-Vasquez, M.P.H. (Co-PI); Joy Nida Emko, M.D., FAAFP (Co-PI); Jose Zapata Jr., M.S.S. (Co-PI)

Health, Equity and the Environment. Adelita Cantu, RN, Ph.D. (PI); Tatjana Walker, M.P.H., RN, RDN, CDCES, CPH (Co-PI); Roger Perales, M.P.H. (Co-PI); Raymond Palmer, Ph.D. (Co-PI); Sandra Curtis, Ph.D.

Interprofessional Co-Curricular Outreach Program to Promote Healthcare as a Career Opportunity in Underrepresented Minorities in Southwest San Antonio. Darpan Patel, Ph.D. (PI); Irene Chapa, Ph.D. (Co-PI); David Byrd, Ph.D.

Interprofessional Collaboration Including VR and Case Studies for Improved Dementia Care Outcomes. Carol Nguyen, M.S. (PI); Rebekah Sculley, B.S.D.H., RDH (Co-PI); Carole White, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (Co-PI); Laura Novak, O.T.D., OTR, BCG (Co-PI); Jennifer Brackett, M.S. (Co-PI)

Interprofessional Training with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Physician Assistant (PA) Students Using Interprofessional Education (IPE) Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Sarah Knoeckel, D.N.P., FNP, M.S.N., RN (PI); Paula Christianson-Silva, D.N.P., APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC (Co-PI); Steven Skaggs, M.P.A.S. (Co-PI); Leticia Bland, D.H.Sc., M.P.A.S., PA-S (Co-PI)

Shades of Success. Irene Chapa, Ph.D. (PI); Sekinat McCormick, M.D. (Co-PI)

2020 LINC Seed Grants 

Clinical Interprofessional Education with Dental and Pharmacy Students to Optimize Pain Management Prescribing in a Dental Surgical Setting. Rebecca Moote, Pharm.D. (PI); Tam Van, D.D.S. (Co-PI); Justina Lipscomb, Pharm.D. (Co-PI); Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D. (Co-PI)

Developing an Interprofessional Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) for Health Literacy. Melanie Stone, M.P.H., M.Ed. (PI); Kristy Kosub, M.D. (Co-PI); Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Ph.D., OTR; Rebekah Sculley, RDH; Oralia Bazaldua, Pharm.D.

Improving Patient Outcomes through Interprofessional Vascular Sonography Training. Rekha Kar, Ph.D. (PI); Alan Sakaguchi, Ph.D. (Co-PI); Craig Sisson, M.D.; Omid Rahimi, Ph.D.; Roland Paquette, PA-C; Kimatha Oxford Grice, O.T.D., OTR, CHT; Ameet Nagpal, M.D.

Interprofessional Education to Enhance the Integration of Oral Health and Medicine: A Longitudinal Study. Sadie Trammell Velasquez, M.D. (PI); David Ojeda Diaz, D.D.S. (Co-PI); Arthur Don Shaw, D.D.S.; Diane Ferguson, B.S.N., RN; Cristina Grijalva, M.D.; Deborah Chang, Ph.D.; Jeff Jackson, Ed.D.

Interprofessional Training with Advanced Practice Nurse, Dietetic, and Pharmacy Students Using Nutrition-Focused Case Studies. Wendy Lee, D.N.P. (PI); Christiane Meireles, Ph.D. (Co-PI); Paula Christianson-Silva, D.N.P. (Co-PI); Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D. (Co-PI); Liset Leal-Vasquez, Ph.D. (Co-PI)

2019 LINC Seed Grants

Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorder Interprofessional Education. Juanita Lozano-Pineda, D.D.S., M.P.H. (PI); Kimatha Oxford Grice, O.T.D., OTR, CHT (Co-PI); Ricky Joseph, Ph.D., OTR (Co-PI); Michael Geelhoed, D.P.T., OCS, MTC (Co-PI)

Head, Ears, Nose, Oral, and Throat Physical Exam Interprofessional Education. Sadie Trammell Velasquez, M.D. (PI); David Ojeda Diaz, D.D.S. (Co-PI); Diane Ferguson, B.S.N., RN; Cristina Grijalva, M.D.; Michaell Huber, D.D.S.; Arthur Don Shaw, D.D.S.

Promoting Interprofessional Collaborative Education (PrICE) for Veterans. M. Danet Lapiz Bluhm, Ph.D., RN, MSCI (PI); Leticia Bland, D.Hsc., M.P.A.S., PA-C; Byron Hepburn, M.D.; Alan Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP; Robert M. Taft, D.D.S.

Transformative Interprofessional Education: Implementing a Workshop on Interprofessional Collaboration and Communication. Jason Morrow, M.D., Ph.D., FAAHPM (PI); Carlos Herrera, B.S., M.O.T. student

Trifecta: When Social Determinants of Health, Interprofessional Education and a School Based Prevention Program Meet. Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., RN (PI); Rebekah Salt, Ph.D., RN (Co-PI); Georgiana Gross, M.P.H., RD/LD (Co-PI)

VAPE: Vaping Assessment, Prevention and Education Project. Tammy Harris, D.M.Sc., M.P.A.S., PA-C (PI); Leticia Bland, D.Hsc., M.P.A.S., PA-C; Ryan Van Ramshorst, M.D., FACP; Roland Paquette, M.P.A.S., PA-C; Meredith Quinene, D.Sc., M.P.A.S., PA-C; Thomas Stokes, Jr., M.Ed., RTT; Sandeep Subramanian, B.P.Th., Ph.D.

We Care: Learning Together to Support Family Caregivers. Carole White, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (PI); Jennifer Brackett, M.S.G.; Cindy Sikora, DN.P., RN; Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Ph.D., OTR; Precious Osuoha, Ph.D., OTR; Fang-Ling Lu, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Rocio Norman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP