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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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A new study, published in the Journal of Urban Health, reveals that a significant percentage of Flint residents have experienced both financial and health-related effects due to the high lead levels in their drinking water. This study, which is one of the first to quantify the effects of the water crisis, drew from a longitudinal research study

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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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A new study led by our colleague, Jorge Varela at the Universidad del Desarollo in Santiago, Chile, examined the relationship between school violence and life satisfaction among youth, specifically looking at the role that school satisfaction may also play in that relationship. The researchers analyzed data from a sample of 802 seventh graders from three different cities in Chile and

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We are excited to announce that YES is being adapted and implemented in Wayne County, MI. Dr. Poco Kernsmith and Dr. Joanne Smith-Darden from the Wayne State University School of Social Work are adapting the YES Curriculum to address Teen Dating Violence (TDV). YES for Healthy Relationships (YES-HR) is a four-year project that will implement YES in three Wayne

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Under a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a team of University of Michigan researchers and community partners is embarking on a novel project to increase acute stroke treatment rates in the community of Flint, Michigan. Led by Lesli Skolarus, M.D., M.S., an associate professor of neurology at the

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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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We are excited to be participating  in the recently launched  Open Data Flint project.  Open Data Flint is an open-to-the-community data repository that aims to assist the community of Flint, Michigan to: Bring together data to help build the evidence base to achieve a healthier Flint community. Gain a deeper understanding of the far-reaching impact of

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