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Community Partnership Awards nominations are open

Nominate a community partnership with Stanford by Dec. 7 that tackles real-world problems and advances the public good.

Community Partnership Awards

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For nearly 20 years, the Community Partnership Awards have honored partnerships between Stanford and our region that work to tackle real-world problems and advance the public good.  

Nominations for the 2023 Community Partnership Awards are open! Awardees will be selected based on three criteria: That the partnership 1) meets a need in our region; 2) creatively connects campus and community, and 3) engages students, staff, and/or faculty in service. The awards will be made in Spring 2023. 

To nominate a program, please submit the 2023 Community Partnership Nomination form no later than midnight, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Be as detailed as possible as this is the only information the selection committee will receive. It is okay to self-nominate!

For questions, please email

2022 CPA Awardees

allcove Integrated Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs

The seeds of the first national model for integrated youth mental health services in the United States formally began in 2016 with the collaboration of Santa Clara County’s Behavioral Health Department and Stanford Psychiatry’s Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing. Together, they developed and opened the first two allcove centers in San Jose and Palo Alto in June 2021. At a time when rates of youth mental health distress are at crisis levels and have worsened from the pandemic, this partnership is creating a community-rooted place where youth 12-25 years old can receive early intervention services for mental health, physical health, substance use, education and employment or peer support, all at no cost. Seeing the potential of this community collaboration, the state of California decided to fund five additional allcove sites, with the potential for more. The partnership also builds on a longstanding relationship for youth suicide prevention, where the two teams have come together to develop and disseminate school policies and teacher training in suicide prevention, as well as TEMPOS - a scale that monitors changes in local reporting in order to measure impact of suicide prevention efforts and is now being disseminated internationally.


Avenidas-Stanford Elder Care Partnership

The Avenidas name is well-known in north Santa Clara County for its work with seniors. And for more than four decades, Stanford faculty, staff, and students have supported and collaborated with Avenidas programming including the Rose Kleiner Center, Avenidas Care Partners, Avenidas Chinese Community Center, Volunteer Corps, and Door-to-Door transportation. When the pandemic hit, however, the deep foundation of this relationship allowed it to quickly pivot to meet the sudden and unprecedented needs to care for hundreds of older adults and their caregivers with programs for frail and disabled seniors, family caregivers, monolingual Chinese, and older adults seeking social connection. Avenidas and the Stanford WorkLife Office supported family caregivers through some of the darkest months with phone consultation and online resources, including guidance and advice for Stanford employees, retirees, and students. And they are ongoing. Campus caregiver groups provided support and built community among neighbors. The diverse and ever-adapting programs over the past two years has demonstrated how long-term relationships can improve response for the public good.

Promotoras de Salud Community of Practice

Since May 2021, the organizations comprising the ¡Si Se Puede! Collective in Santa Clara County and the School of Medicine Office of Community Engagement have come together to increase COVID-19 outreach in the Latinx and Spanish speaking communities. Using evidence-based strategies and creating culturally appropriate educational outreach materials in Spanish, they have worked together toward the goal of increasing vaccination and testing in the hardest-hit and most impoverished ZIP codes in the county. Fifteen community health workers, called promotoras de salud, met biweekly to share information that is used by the Stanford team to develop short videos, social media content, flyers and answers to frequently asked questions in Spanish. Meetings also involve training in evidence-based techniques to enhance outreach. The promotoras have now spoken with over 10,000 community members to promote vaccination and the efforts have led to new collaborations with schools in the promotion of vaccines for children and youth. The partnership has demonstrated co-learning among all participants that can serve as a model for tackling other issues pertinent to this community, including chronic disease prevention, cancer prevention, and climate change.