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We are excited to announce the release the 2nd Edition of the Youth Empowerment Solutions Curriculum,  Adaptation Guide, and Evaluation Guide. The new editions are freely available for download. The new edition of the curriculum includes: Updated sessions to reflect today’s technology and youth.  For example, the Photovoice activity (Unit 2) has been adapted for smartphone and

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This week, the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center launched a new resource, Story Map: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in Flint, MI. This new resource describes Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and highlights how a community coalition applied them to address blight, reclaim neighborhoods, and establish a model for revitalization in Flint, Michigan. This

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The Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center (HFRCC) is organized to create synergy in research, foster  academic-community partnerships, and develop innovative solutions to community-defined issues. In collaboration with the Flint community, the Healthy Flint Research Center (HFRCC) is a partnership among UM/Flint, UM/Ann Arbor, and MSU to work to aid Flint recover and rebuild from the water crisis.

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The 2016 report from the Prevention Research Center and Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center: Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Engaging Youth is now available online. Our latest report features news and updates from several of our projects in the Flint community including: Community Engagement and Revitalization, the core project of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center Youth Violence through

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A  study of middle school students in Warsaw, Poland examined both the risk factors and promotive factors associated with adolescent substance abuse.  The survey questionnaire and items were based on those used for Flint Adolescent Study. Substance abuse is a significant issue for adolescents in Poland. Poland transitioned from a socialist to capitalist economy several decades ago. 

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Last spring,  Marc Zimmerman was invited to present on the importance of youth empowerment, at the Childhood Health and Nutrition Research Conference hosted together by the USDA Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center and the National Dairy Council.  He also recently published a blog post on the National Dairy Council website about empowerment theory and YES and how it

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In a recent op-ed in US News & World Report,  Drs. Marc Zimmerman,  Rebecca Cunningham, and Mahshid Abir, discuss the Flint water crisis and what it means for the health of the community moving forward. We have been privileged to work with the Flint community for over 20 years and have developed longstanding relationships and partnerships with the numerous

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Mothers in jail would benefit from participation in parenting programs, which could help their children avoid negative outcomes down the road. Over the last two decades increasing numbers of women have been incarcerated, leaving young children without their primary caregiver. These women reported stress with parenting in the first place but found increased difficulty trying

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By: Melissa Watts, MD February is Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of the achievements by Black Americans and marks a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in United States history. African Americans have a unique history in the United States which has led to some unique factors that have created

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We’d like to thank Congressman Kildee for taking the time to talk with the kids from the Michigan YVPC  YES and Mentoring programs. “I think people operate under the assumption that young kids don’t have anything to add to the conversation, but talking to these kids about their neighborhoods is more poignant than reading data”, Kildee

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For several years, we have worked in close partnership with the Outreach, Partnership and Implementation Science  (OPIS) program at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), an NIH-funded center that provides education, support, and funding for clinical and translational research and helps to connect research teams and engage communities. Several of our community board partners

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According to recent estimates, there are 1.2 million to 3.5 million Arab Americans living in the United States with the highest concentration living in Michigan.1 Although there is a large Arab American population in the U.S.,  little data exists about the prevalence and outcomes of mental health, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and other conditions within this

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