Director’s Message

Marc Zimmerman, PhDWelcome to the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Our research encompasses a broad range of public health issues including positive youth development, violence prevention, obesity, drug and alcohol use, and maternal child health. Our primary goal is to promote safe and healthy futures for all youth, families, and communities. Since 1994, we have had the privilege to work with the community of Flint, Michigan, and more recently in other communities in Michigan and the U.S., to conduct community-based research to improve health and reduce disparities.

Our research, which has been funded through the Centers for Disease Control, NIH, as well as national, state, and local agencies has resulted in new knowledge, new programs, and positive health outcomes for youth and adults. We have published over 275 peer reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and 2 books and we have presented over 180 papers at professional conferences. We have developed, implemented, and evaluated four program curricula addressing positive youth development, father and son relationships, care for children of incarcerated mothers, and HIV/STI prevention all in partnership with schools and community organizations. We have also facilitated affiliated projects to address stroke prevention, cancer screening, immunization policy, asthma management, and epilepsy management. Finally, we have trained 235 masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students from multiple disciplines.

We could not do this work alone. Our projects bring together faculty from many disciplines including the Schools of Medicine, Social Work, Information, and Nursing, and with the UM-Flint campus. We also have a terrific team of faculty, staff, and students both in Ann Arbor and Flint, Michigan who pull it all together. Most importantly, we work in close partnership with community-based organizations, state and local health departments, health service providers, and schools who work on the ground to help plan and implement our work.

We look forward to continuing, expanding, and disseminating our work to local communities and across the nation. We welcome you to our website and hope you find it informative and the resources available on the site useful to your own work. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you in your work.

In good health,
Marc Zimmerman

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