Research Highlights

Featured Image: Welcome New Scholars 2018

We are pleased to welcome our new scholars to the PRC team. Dr. Wu joins us from Taiwan as a visiting scholar to learn more about community and adolescent research in the United States. Dr. Schmidt is continuing as a post-doctoral fellow after recently completing her doctorate in HBHE. We are also joined by Elyse

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Flint residents work in a community garden, part of the Clean and Green Program developed by the Genesee County Land Bank Authority in the City of Flint. Image courtesy: Genesee County Land Bank Authority

Originally posted at Michigan News (University of Michigan). Image courtesy of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority. ANN ARBOR—Efforts to beautify vacant lots in the city of Flint have made neighborhoods more appealing but have also reduced assaults and violent crime by 40 percent, according to a new study by University of Michigan. The study,

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A photo of some of our PRC and YVPC 2018 Summer Interns

Our center had an amazing group of interns join us this summer. Their wide-ranging experiences and skills were invaluable in moving our projects forward. Our interns included undergraduate and master’s students from across the university and they worked on a variety of projects including Community Engagement & Revitalization (YVPC’s core project), Core SVIPP, Sandy Hook

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) 2018 begins next week. Each year, organizations across the country participate in this week-long educational initiative with the goal of creating safe and positive environments within our schools and communities. This year, we will be co-hosting a Q&A on Facebook. We will be joined by the Division of Violence Prevention experts

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Translating evidence based programs from controlled settings into real-world community settings is challenging. Inevitably, life gets in the way, and programs are not implemented as they were originally designed or intended. Measuring implementation factors can help guide future implementation and improve program outcomes. A new study, published in the journal, Health Promotion Practice, presents methods to

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A study led by FAS researchers, Jason Goldstick and Justin Heinze, studied how parental support and perceived peer behaviors increase or decrease the risk for marijuana use and if it is different between age and gender. Peer influences are found to be the most important risk factor for substance use, and parental support is frequently

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A new study led by PRC faculty member, Justin Heinze examined the exposure to violence during adolescence and how that may increase the risk of depression and anxiety symptoms in early adulthood. Researchers also took into account the individual’s friendship attachment during adolescence and whether it influences the risk of the depression and anxiety symptoms

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ANN ARBOR—An after-school program that empowers young people to be agents of change in their communities has helped 8th-grade students in one Michigan area develop more prosocial behaviors and avoid antisocial behaviors, say University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers. A five-year evaluation of the Youth Empowerment Solutions program developed by U-M and piloted

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New research from the PRC, just published in the Journal of Women’s Health, examines long-term outcomes of violence victimization in African American women. The research confirmed associations drawn in previous studies between violence victimization, psychological distress, and substance abuse, but went a step further and investigated the indirect effects of these factors on pap smear

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We are pleased to announce that on March 16th, 2017, the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan appointed Marc Zimmerman as the Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health. Dr. Zimmerman, Director of the PRC and MI-YVPC, has been part of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Faculty since 1989.

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Findings from a recent publication by PRC and YVPC affiliate faculty, Dr. Sarah Stoddard, suggests that positive future orientation (i.e., individual’s thoughts and feelings about their future) may play a key role in the prevention of alcohol and other drug use among adolescents. The article that was recently published in the journal Youth & Society,

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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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