On February 22, 2008, the Create a Comic Project and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) were awarded a $2,000 grant from the Association of Schools of Public Health to help celebrate National Public Health Week. The grant came from the "This is Public Health" campaign challenge, which seeks to increase public awareness of public health through community outreach. The award is one of several being given to organizations nationwide.
The award was won with a proposal that brings together students from local schools for a mix of informational sessions and activities. The comic project will provide one of the two primary events planned. 150-200 children are expected to participate, drawn from schools in Pittsburgh's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. By being part of such a large outreach effort, it's hoped the comic project will gain a foothold into Pittsburgh schools that will allow the program to expand.
This is the Create a Comic Project's second major award to date, the first being the New Haven Neighborhood Small Grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.