Speak To Your Health! Community Survey

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Description

The Speak To Your Health! Community Survey project examines a wide range of issues related to individual and community health in Genesee County, Michigan. This biennial survey is designed by community, health department and university partners to monitor and understand community health and community concerns, monitor the impact of PRC/MI and other health initiatives on community health outcomes, and promote change that improves the health of Genesee County communities.

The goals are to:

  1. understand residents’ health-related behaviors and perceptions;
  2. provide information for needs assessments and evaluations of projects;
  3. identify community assets;
  4. understand the associations between residents’ health-related behaviors and perceptions, social determinants, and health outcomes;
  5. provide training opportunities; and
  6. develop a community health agenda that is widely disseminated and democratic

In 2015, the Speak To Your Health Community Survey transitioned leadership from the university to the community. It is currently being led by the Genesee County Health Department. More information is available on the Speak to Your Health website.

Arab American Supplement (2011 – 2013)

Michigan has the largest Arab American population in the United States, yet little data exists about the prevalence and outcomes of physical and mental illness and health care access that specifically captures Arab Americans since they are typically categorized as “white” on the Census and in other research. To address the need for more information about the Arab American population, the PRC/MI is conducting a version of the Speak To Your Health! Community Survey with Arab Americans in Genesee County with support from the Arab American Heritage Council (AAHC), a key non-profit community organization that specifically serves the needs of Flint-area Arab Americans and other recent immigrants. The 2011 Speak To Your Health! survey was adapted for this supplemental project and includes additional questions about hookah smoking and perceived racial discrimination.

Speak To Your Health! Website

Visit the STYH! website for more information and to access data tables from each year of the Genesee County Survey. The website includes:

To access the data you will need to create a login and password for the site.

Journal Articles

Kodjebacheva, G., Koleilat, M., & Kruger, D. J. (2015). Depressive Symptoms Mediate the Association Between Fear of Crime and Higher Body Mass Index. American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP, 30(2), 130–132. https://doi.org/10.4278/ajhp.140103-ARB-6
Kodjebacheva, G., Kruger, D. J., Rybarczyk, G., & Cupal, S. (2015). Racial/ethnic and gender differences in the association between depressive symptoms and higher body mass index. Journal of Public Health (Oxford, England), 37(3), 419–426. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdu062
Kruger, D. J., & De Loney, E. H. (2009). The association of incarceration with community health and racial health disparities. Prog Community Health Partnerships, 3(2), 113–121. https://doi.org/10.1353/cpr.0.0066
Kruger, D. J., & Valerio, M. A. (2009). Association between psychosocial factors and asthma in a demographically representative adult sample. Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma, 46(7), 708–711.
Kruger, D. J., Greenberg, E., Murphy, J. B., DiFazio, L. A., & Youra, K. R. (2014). Local concentration of fast-food outlets is associated with poor nutrition and obesity. Am J Health Promot, 28(5), 340–343. https://doi.org/10.4278/ajhp.111201-QUAN-437
Kruger, D. J., Shirey, L., Morrel-Samuels, S., Skorcz, S., & Brady, J. (2009). Using a community-based health survey as a tool for informing local health policy. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice : JPHMP, 15(1), 47–53.
Kruger, D. J., Turbeville, A. R., Greenberg, E. C., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2012). An Increase in economic adversity is associated with poorer self-reported physical and mental health. J Behav Health, 1(2), 134–137. http://www.scopemed.org/?mno=16677
Kruger, D. J., Lewis, Y., & Schlemmer, E. (2010). Mapping a message for faith leaders: Encouraging community health promotion with local health data. Health Promotion Practice, 11(6), 837–844. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1177/1524839908328995
Kruger, D. J., Reischl, T. M., & Gee, G. C. (2007). Neighborhood social conditions mediate the association between physical deterioration and mental health. American Journal of Community Psychology, 40(3–4), 261–271.
Kruger, D. J., Brady, J. S., & Shirey, L. A. (2008). Using GIS to facilitate community-based public health planning of diabetes intervention efforts. Health Promotion Practice, 9(1), 76–81.
Kruger, D. J., Hutchinson, P., Monroe, M. G., Reischl, T. M., & Morrel-Samuels, S. (2007). Assault Injury Rates, Social Capital, and Fear of Neighborhood Crime. Journal of Community Psychology, 35(4), 483–498.
Kruger, D. J., Hamacher, L., Strugar-Fritsch, D., Shirey, L., Renda, E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2010). Facilitating the development of a county health coverage plan with data from a community-based health survey. Journal of Public Health Policy, 31(2), 199–211. https://doi.org/10.1057/jphp.2010.8
Kruger, D. J., Nedelec, J. L., Reischl, T. M., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2015). Life History Predicts Perceptions of Procedural Justice and Crime Reporting Intentions. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 1(3), 183–194. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-015-0021-9
Kruger, J. S., Kodjebacheva, G. D., Kunkel, L., Smith, K. D., & Kruger, D. J. (2015). Caregiver financial distress, depressive symptoms and limited social capital as barriers to children’s dental care in a mid-western county in the United States. Community Dental Health, 32(4), 252–256.
Mathis, A., Rooks, R., & Kruger, D. (2015). Improving the Neighborhood Environment for Urban Older Adults: Social Context and Self-Rated Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13010003
Patel, M. R., Kruger, D. J., Cupal, S., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2016). Effect of Financial Stress and Positive Financial Behaviors on Cost-Related Nonadherence to Health Regimens Among Adults in a Community-Based Setting. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13, E46. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd13.160005
Shirey, L. A., Griffith, D. M., Brady, J. S., Kruger, D. J., Morrel-Samuels, S., & Greene-Moton, E. (2008). Challenges and Lessons Learned in Developing a Community-Based Health Survey. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 2(2), 99–104.

Presentations

Campbell, B., Griffith, D. M., Shirey, L., Kruger, D. J., Robinson, K. J., & Leverette, E. (2008, October). Getting the facts: Using a local community health survey for community mobilization around HIV/AIDS. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
DiFazio, L. A., & Kruger, D. J. (2008, March). Fast food locations and dietary habits in Genesee County, MI [Poster]. University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Research Scholars Research Forum, Ann Arbor, MI.
Grodzinski, A., Garrity, A., Frazier-Kouassi, S., & Morrel-Samuels, S. (2013, November). Giving Back: Sharing the results of a community health survey to improve health outcomes. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA.
Hurd, N., Stoddard, S. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2011, November). Characteristics to African American adolescents’ mental health outcomes: a multilevel mediation path analysis [Paper]. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
Kruger, D. J. (2012, April). Democratizing data for health promotion with a community-based survey. National Health Promotion Summit, Washington, DC.
Kruger, D. J. (2011, April). The economic crisis and the health of Genesee County: Results from the 2009 Speak to Your Health! Community Survey [Invited talk]. Genesee County Annual Public Health Week Conference, Flint, MI.
Kruger, D. J. (2010, March). The Prevention Research Center of Michigan’s Speak To Your Health! Community Survey [Invited talk]. College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
Kruger, D. J. (2011, September). The Prevention Research Center of Michigan’s Speak To Your Health! Community Survey [Invited talk]. Department of Psychology, University of Dertroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.
Kruger, D., & Cupal, S. (2012, October). Speak To Your Health! Community Survey: A tool for community capacity building and policy for health promotion. [Roundtable]. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.
Kruger, D. J., & De Loney, E. H. (2010, February). Incarceration is a factor influencing health disparities in African American communities. National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, LA.
Kruger, D. J., & De Loney, E. H. (2009, May). Incarceration of close others affects mental and physical health. Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Kruger, D. J., & De Loney, E. H. (2008, March). The impact of incarceration on community health disparities [Poster]. 3rd Annual Health Disparities Conference, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Kruger, D. J., & De Loney, E. H. (2008, May). Incarceration adversely affects the mental and physical health of friends and family members [Poster]. Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
Kruger, D. J., & Shirey, L. (2008, October). Community-based local health surveillance as a tool for informing policy change. Michigan Premier Public Health Conference, Kalamazoo, MI.
Kruger, D. J., & Turbeville, A. (2010, November). Impact of economic decline on community health indicators [Paper]. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.
Kruger, D. J., & Turbeville, A. (2010, May). Impact of economic decline on community health indicators [Poster]. Society for Community Research and Action at the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Kruger, D. J., & Valerio, M. A. (2010, November). Examining place effects and asthma in an adult population: Zip codes, fast food and asthma. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.
Kruger, D. J., & Valerio, M. A. (2009, November). Association between psychosocial factors and asthma in a demographically representative adult population.  (Poster presentation) [Poster]. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Kruger, D. J., Carrothers, J., & Greenberg, E. C. (2012, May). Increasing economic adversity is associated with worse self-reported physical and mental health [Poster]. Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
Kruger, D. J., Krusky, A., Franzen, S., & Zimmerman, M. (2012, October). Reliance on the Internet for health information predicts high HIV risk [Poster]. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.
Kruger, D. J., Valacak, M., Campbell, B., & Greenberg, E. (2012, October). High STI incidence in racial geographic isolates [Poster]. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.
Kruger, D. J., Shirey, L., & Hamacher, L. (2009, May). Using a community based survey to facilitate policy development [Poster]. Partners for Healthy Communities Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.
Kruger, D. J., De Loney, E. H., Sparks, A., & Sonnega, J. (2008, October). Health impact of incarceration on friends and family in the community. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
Kruger, D. J., Shirey, L., White, A., Goldon, A., & De Loney, E. H. (2008, October). Using a community-based public health survey to address restaurant tobacco policies [Poster]. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
Kruger, D. J., Shirey, L., & Lewis, Y. (2007, October). Democratizing data: Local dissemination strategies for a community-based health survey [Paper]. Michigan Premier Public Health Conference, Dearborn, MI.
Kruger, D. J., Shirey, L., & Hamacher, L. (2009, May). Using a community based survey to facilitate policy development [Poster]. Special Meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action at the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Kruger, D. J., Hamacher, L., Shirey, L., Morrel-Samuels, S., & Lewis, Y. (2008, October). Establishing a county health insurance plan with the aid of a community based health survey [Poster]. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
Schornack, B., & Kruger, D. J. (2008, April). The relationship between the location of parks and gymnasiums with exercise and health in Genesee County, MI [Poster]. University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Spring Research Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.
Skolarus, L. E., Brown, D. L., Murphy, J., Bailey, S., Fowlkes, S., Morgenstern, L. B., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2011, November). Association of health advice from family and friends and behavioral intent to call 911 for Stroke among African Americans [Paper]. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.
Sloan, J. L., & Kruger, D. J. (2012, June). Sleep quality mediates the relationship between fear of crime and mental health [Poster]. Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
Sonnega, J. (2011, April). Where you live: How well you sleep [Paper]. Genesee County  Annual Public Health Week Conference, Flint, MI.
Sonnega, J., & Kruger, D. J. (2008, May). Using a community based health survey to inform planning for sleep health promotion in an urban setting [Poster]. Society for Public Health Education Midyear Scientific Conference, Chicago, IL.
Sonnega, J., & Kruger, D. J. (2008, October). Using a community based health survey to describe local rates of depression and anxiety and inform efforts at mental health promotion. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
Valerio, M. A., & Kruger, D. J. (2010, May). Examining place effects and asthma in an adult population: Zip codes, fast food and asthma [Poster]. Annual Meeting of the Thoracic Society, New Orleans, LA.
Valerio, M. A., & Kruger, D. J. (2009, May). Exploring the association between psychosocial factors and asthma in an adult population [Poster]. Annual Meeting of the American Thoracic Society, San Diego, CA.
Wieseneck, S., Kruger, D. J., Matney, J., & Reischl, T. (2008, April). The relationship between fear of crime and a healthy lifestyle in Flint, MI. Michigan Epidemiology Conference, East Lansing, MI.