Seattle, WA – In recognition of extraordinary community outreach, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) the winner of the 2023 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award during a ceremony at the group’s annual meeting in Seattle.
“Congratulations to the University of Pittsburgh on winning the 2023 C. Peter Magrath Award,” said APLU President Mark Becker. “Pitt’s leadership through the Pittsburgh Study program has helped address disparities in healthcare access and provided critical care to children across Allegheny County.”
Pitt won the award for its Pittsburgh Study (TPS) program. As the nation’s largest longitudinal research program investigating child thriving in a fully community-partnered approach, the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and multiple community partners launched the Pittsburgh Study (TPS) in 2018 to address the racial discriminatory barriers to thriving among children and adolescents across Allegheny County.
Co-led by pairs of community and university investigator research teams, TPS has developed age-appropriate interventions—from infancy through adolescence—attending to structural racism, promoting equity, and building individual, family, and community resilience.
TPS also offers mentorship and leadership training in community-engaged scholarship for students, trainees, community fellows and faculty, and a child health data hub to share results connecting science to action. TPS has engaged more than 240 community collaborators and 2,050 children and adolescents and hopes to involve more than 8,000 children and adolescents over the lifespan of the study.