Who are we?
We have been working in Flint and Genesee County for over 15 years, and have developed strong and committed partnerships among community-based organizations, the county health department, health advocacy groups, health service providers, and academic institutions.
Our Flint office is located at 400 N. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 49502 Phone: (810) 239-3463.
What do we do?
Working directly with local organizations, we identify health issues of highest priority to the community. We gather data, develop and evaluate programs, and build community capacity to address the areas of greatest need. Our research in the Flint and Genesee community helps inform public health practice and policy at the local, state and national levels.
We conduct research on public health issues that include youth development and violence prevention, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, obesity, drug and alcohol use, and infant mortality. Our research builds on the principles and theories of positive youth development, resiliency, and community empowerment.
Our research findings are presented to the community through monthly health briefs, community townhalls, newsletters, and social media, as well as through our active Community Board. We also disseminate our research through journal articles and presentations at local, state, national and international conferences.
Benefits to Flint and Genesee County Community
Since 1998, the PRC has directly contributed to the health and education of Flint and Genesee County residents. Our grant funding is shared with county agencies, schools and many community based organizations. We have created jobs for Flint residents and opportunities for Flint students, middle school through graduate school. We have developed and implemented effective youth development programs and generated positive visibility for the Genesee County community at the national level. PRC faculty, staff, students and partners have:
- Generated over $40 million in federal funding for prevention research, training and service since 1998
- Provided over $2 million in direct funding to Flint and Genesee County community organizations in the past 3 years
- Trained over 900 students, researchers and community members
- Employed over 30 students and community residents in full and part time positions, including project managers, research assistants, administrative assistants, and community liaisons since 1998
- Developed and implemented programming and worked directly with over 500 youth and young adults to reduce violence and promote healthy behaviors in the last five years
- Created two prominent building murals, grown 15 community gardens and completed numerous other community development projects