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Last modified: December 06, 2023




CMRC to share two NIH Funding Opportunities with the community.  HS Age Student Eligible to submit ideas. 

Mental Health Essay Challenge - Total cash prizes $20K

Fentanyl Awareness Youth Challenge - Total cash prizes $80K



National Institute of Health Challenges Explained



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Two NIH Challenges


Learn More @ NIH Mental Health website


Speaking Up About Mental Health! is a challenge for high school students aged 16-18 years, to write and submit an essay addressing ways to eliminate and/or reduce mental health stigma faced by young people, especially in diverse communities. In addition, students may also address resilience and coping strategies to overcome mental health issues such as social isolation and loneliness, depression, and anxiety.

To be eligible to win a prize under this Challenge, a Participant:
• Must be 16-18 years old and a high school student by the submission deadline.
• Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
• Must not have won this Challenge previously.
• For a complete list of rules, please see the Rules tab.

$15K Total Prize Up to 20 Awardees



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Learn More about FentAlert @ NIH Website


In this Challenge, we are seeking the best ideas from U.S. youth, aged 14-18, on a community strategy to increase youth awareness, education, and prevention around the dangers of fentanyl, especially the hidden dangers of fake pills and other contaminants that can lead to drug overdose deaths.

Total Cash Prizes $80,000

The top 6 ideas will be awarded a $5,000 prize each, and up to 25 youth will receive a $2,000 honorable mention prize.


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Related Reports



Pinned Community Mobilization Resource Coalition (CMRC) organization and project reports


Project Report of Building Out Community Mobilization Resources Coalition : May 01, 2024 : Community Outreach Public Relations

Austin KSMQ R-Town Program Interview Segment about CMRC

Project Report of Building Out Community Mobilization Resources Coalition : February 12, 2024 : CMRC Steering Committee Log

CMRC Feb 2024 SC Meeting

Project Report of Health Equity: Community Health Collaboration Portal : November 10, 2023 : CMRC Community Health Collaboraton Portal Application to Mayo Social Impact Grant

1. CMRC proposal was not selected for funding 2023-11-10 but it did receive strong consideration from Mayo social impact review panel. 

2. Community Health Collaboration Portal has been selected to second round and pitched to Mayo panel 2023-10-24. Pitch format to follow Mayo Clinic's Walleye Tank style. 

3. August CMRC meeting video recording

4. CMRC Coalition's submission to Mayo Social Innovation Grant: Proposal details and letters of support.

Project Report of NIH Challenge Grant - Build Up Trust : October 13, 2023 : CMRC Convening Outreach to Gauge Interests

Video Recording of Nov 3 2023 CMRC Meeting 

Project Report of Health Equity: Community Health Collaboration Portal : July 11, 2023 : Mayo Clinic Social Innovation Grant

Mayo Clinic is now accepting applications for a new Social Innovation Grant poised to address health care disparities in Olmsted County. Visit the Mayo Clinic Community Engagement page for application materials and additional information. Applications are due July 31, 2023.

Project Report of Intercultural Center, Rochester (Creating a 21st Century Community Space) : May 27, 2023 : Intercultural Center, Rochester (ICR)

Al Lun and Kim Sin presentation of ICR concept at the May 25, 2023 DMC Real Estate Summit

Project Report of Building Out Community Mobilization Resources Coalition : March 11, 2023 : Preserving community area resources knowledge

Rochester Area Resource List sourced from Diversity Council and link to Beam search engine.

Project Report of Intercultural Center, Rochester (Creating a 21st Century Community Space) : October 25, 2022 : Promoting cultural events and projects

Three community markets that could fit into the Community Hall concept: 2022 Winter Market (Golden Market Space) & Summer Night Market, Shared Kitchen

Project Report of Building Out Community Mobilization Resources Coalition : January 30, 2020 : Origin of 21st Century Community Space

(1) Community Mobilization Resource Coalition formed to drive 21st Century Community Space. (2) Concept description of community space

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

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