CHI Consulting Project Application (Organization)

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Program Information

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Through funding support provided by Medica, the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) will offer the Community Health Initiative (CHI). The goal of this initiative is two-fold; to provide resources that help community-based nonprofit organizations or small businesses that work in the areas impacting public health, social services, medicine, medical technology, or to help these organizations build capacity and improve their overall performance and effectiveness in communities of color; and secondly to provide University of Minnesota students with valuable applied learning experiences by linking them to opportunities in communities that face public health disparities and other socio-economic issues.

This application is for community-based nonprofit organizations or small businesses seeking consulting services from a University of Minnesota graduate student. This Student Consulting Project will assist those nonprofits and businesses that focus directly on addressing public health issues or health disparities in underserved, socially and economically challenged communities.


In considering your project request, be advised that students are only required to expend approximately 60-80 HOURS each on the project for the duration of the school semester (approximately 3 months).  Please make sure your project fits within this timeframe.   

Projects are offered during the fall & spring semesters.  One or more students are assigned to a project, depending on the scope and type of project requested.  Students receive a stipend from OBCED at the completion of the project.

Graduate and Professional students enrolled at the University of Minnesota in the following schools are eligible and encouraged to participate: Public Health, Social Work, Medical School, Carlson School of Management, IT/Computer Science, Law, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and all other graduate and professional schools on the Twin Cities campus.

Project proposals will be accepted in the topical areas of Market Research and Analysis, Supply Chain Management, Public Health, Marketing Plan Development, Human Resources Management, Community Health Education, Business Plan Development, Demography Studies, Social Work, Communications, Feasibility Study, Population Health Coordination, Finance and Accounting, Program Evaluation/Measurement, Nursing/Care Management, Strategic Planning, Operations Management, IT/Technology Development, Management Information Systems, Health/Medical Research, Nonprofit Management, Fund Development and Program Development.


  • A health or medical community-based nonprofit organization or small business serving economically disadvantaged communities and/or communities of color
  • Located in the Minnesota greater metropolitan area
  • Nonprofit organizations must be 501(c)(3) Certified
  • In operation for at least three years
  • Able to provide on-going educational experience and supervision to students
  • Able to clearly define project scope, goals, objectives and deliverables
  • Willing to have a pre-project organization assessment and post-project evaluation & assessment
  • Able to pay an Administrative Fee of $100.00 


Application Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019


Online Application for Nonprofits and Businesses 

For Nonprofits
Preview Application [, 109 KB]

For Businesses
Preview Application [, 109 KB]

For more information, please contact:

Nedy Windham
Office for Business & Community Economic Development
University of Minnesota
2221 University Avenue SE, Suite 136
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Phone Number: (612) 625-2053
Fax Number: (612) 625-9056
Email Address: