At the PRC-MI, we strive to develop sustainable strategies for disease prevention and health promotion for families and communities, and partnerships are essential to ensure success in reaching that goal.
There are a number of examples of effective partnerships ongoing with PRC-MI projects. For example, the collaboration between Dr. Alison Miller and Motherly Intercession, Inc. and how it was essential in adapting an evidence-based program for children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers in Flint was just highlighted in a new article.
The success of HOPE, our current Core Research Project, also depends on the partnership of the PRC-MI and the project’s primary community partner, YOUR Center since reaching the target audience and effectively providing education about HIV and STIs requires the knowledge and expertise of both researchers and community members.
In addition, the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC), a PRC-MI affiliated center, recently hosted the first-ever Safe and Healthy Futures Youth Festival in order to raise community awareness of the Center’s intervention programs and increase youth participation. The creation and execution of the youth festival required group effort from members of the MI-YVPC steering committee, and their work together led to a successful event.
These and other PRC-MI projects are conducted in collaboration with a wide variety of partners including community-based organizations, state and local health departments, health service providers, and academic groups. All of these partnerships are vital to achieve our goals and promote safe and healthy futures.