Team Up, Reach Out FAQ

What is Team Up, Reach Out?

Team Up, Reach Out is an initiative designed to bring University of Utah students from the Main Campus Programs and Health Sciences Campus Programs together to create unique solutions to pressing community issues.

How do I participate in Team Up, Reach Out?

If you are a student, you must complete the following tasks.  Tasks can be completed in any order:

Find a fellow student or students and Team Up. If you are in the Health Sciences (College of Health, College of Nursing, School of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, School of Medicine) you will need to find a student(s) who is from Main Campus.  If you are a student from Main Campus, you will need to find a student(s) who is in the Health Sciences. If you need help finding a team member or project, there will be a Meet & Greet at the beginning of the semester. Applicants are encouraged to apply.

Identify an issue in the community that you and your team member(s) could address through a unique project.

Find an individual or organization in the community and Reach Out to collaborate with as you design, create, test, and implement your project idea.

If you are a community member and/or representative of a community organization (not associated with the University of Utah) and you have an issue you would like for a student-team to address, please contact the Connect2Health Director at


Ex. 1 You recognize there is an issue in your community that you want to address. You Reach Out to an organization that is working on the same/similar issue.  They confirm there is a need to be addressed, and agree to work with you.  You consider what type of expertise will be needed to complete the project, and then you identify what type of student could lend the skills needed.  You find a student in that field and Team Up with them.  Your team works with your community stake-holder over the course of the semester to implement your project.

Ex. 2 You have a friend who is in a complementary field. The two of you want to work together, but you’re not quite sure what you could do.  You Reach Out to the Connect2Health Associate Director at to see if there are any community projects that your skill sets may work well for.  A community stake-holder and a need are identified.  You and your team member(s) work together to create a unique solution to the community stakeholder’s need.

If I am in the College of Health as an undergraduate student, and all of my classes are on Main Campus, am I still considered a student from the Health Sciences?

Yes, the College of Health is a part of the Health Sciences campus.  If you are a part of HKR, ORT, PTAT, NUIP or CSD, even as an undergraduate student, you will be considered a Health Sciences student on your team.

Does my team member(s) have to be a graduate or undergraduate student?

Students can be undergraduate or graduate students.  The only requirement is that there is at least one team member from the Health Sciences Campus and at least one team member from the Main Campus.  Teams must have a minimum of two students, but there is no maximum number.

Who counts as a Community Member/Organization?

Pretty much anyone. Yes, that is vague, but it is intended to be all encompassing.  Your community member could be an official representative of a local organization, for example the Outreach Coordinator of a non-profit like the Road Home.  Or, they could be any community member like a family member, local volunteer, or a member of your faith community. The key piece is that the project your team works on with this person/organization is benefiting an off-campus population.

How does the application process work?

Complete the proposal form, two pages maximum.  Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis as they are received, until the submission deadline on (Applications are not being accepted at this time. Please stay tuned!).  Priority will be given to early applications.

Applicants will receive notification of acceptance.

What happens if my application is accepted?

You and your team member(s) will meet with your Team Up, Reach Out coach. Your team will have 11 weeks to Reach Out to potential community members/organizations.  You’ll work with input from your community stake-holder, to create a unique project.  Each team will have access to funds for pre-approved project expenses to help make their project a reality.

Projects must be completed and will be presented at the Share Fair event.  Several University of Utah Executives will be present to review projects.  At the end of the Share Fair, the top three teams will receive a $500 cash prize.

Who is sponsoring Team Up, Reach Out?

Team Up, Reach Out is an initiative sponsored in a partnership between University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics executives and University of Utah College of Health:

Margaret Pearce, Chief Nursing Officer

Robert Pendleton, Chief Medial Quality Officer

Anne Thackeray, Connect2Health Faculty Director

David Perrin, Dean of the College of Health

Can I submit a project I am already working on?

Yes, you may submit an existing project with approval from the challenge coordinators, but you must still Team Up with a complementary student(s) from Main/Health Science Campus, wherever you are not enrolled.  You and your teammate(s) must still Reach Out to collaborate with an off-campus community stake holder.

Can this project be something I already have to complete for course/credit?

Absolutely! If you are already required to complete something for your degree such as an internship, community outreach, research poster, video, service hours, etc.  Team Up, Reach out provides an excellent opportunity for you to deepen your engagement, work on an inter-disciplinary team, and have access to funding that will bring your idea to reality.

What is expected from each team at the end of the semester?

Your project should be completed, and you should be prepared to present your project at Share Fair event.  As long as project teams have communicated with the Connect2Health Leaders about their presentation idea and obtained approval, anything goes.

A few examples of acceptable project outcomes include:

Research Posters

YouTube Videos

Mobile Apps

Community Events (Presented verbally or using video)


Ongoing Programs

What should we bring to the ‘Share Fair’?

If you complete a research project, come with your poster.  If you create YouTube videos, be ready to play them.  If you create an app, or host a community event, or design an ongoing program, you will be asked to showcase in a creative way.