The University of Hartford’s Project Horizon has been selected to receive the first-ever Campus–Community Partnership Award from the Connecticut Campus Compact.
The award will be presented at the Connecticut Campus–Compact breakfast celebration on Wednesday, June 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hartford Club.
The Campus–Community Partnership Award recognizes an outstanding campus–community partnership that is built and sustained on strong principles of equity, trust and respect. The purpose of the award is to honor partnerships that have successfully demonstrated the true value of collaboration between higher education and its identified communities.
Project Horizon, which is directed by Associate Professor of Nursing Karen Breda, is a network of partnerships between the Department of Health Sciences and Nursing in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) and agencies serving urban community populations in homeless shelters, transitional living centers, urban schools, and neighborhood senior centers. The mission of Project Horizon is to enhance health knowledge and reduce health risks among Hartford’s most vulnerable populations. Project Horizon also seeks to educate nurses to move from a focus on individual care to a focus on community-based public health.
Nursing students, supported by academic researchers, carry out site-identified initiatives to advance outcomes in health, care and well-being. All student projects are designed to be sustainable after the year is over. Moreover, Project Horizon is woven into the fabric of nursing education at the University of Hartford. All undergraduate students participate, and graduate students in the nursing program serve as field supervisors and mentors.
“At every point, Project Horizon displays the deepest appreciation for individual human dignity and the role of the researcher or intern, complemented by a real wisdom regarding the effects of history, location, education, and multiple other factors on the decisions made by the individual and the overall health of a community,” wrote Connecticut Campus Compact Executive Director Saul Petersen in a letter announcing Project Horizon as the first winner of the Campus–Community Partnership Award.
“Through capstone projects that have a focus on sustainable outcomes, there is significant potential for advancing both the field of nursing education and higher education more broadly,” Petersen wrote.