PRC faculty, staff and partners presenting at APHA 2016

The Prevention Research Center will be well-represented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. This year’s meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado from October 29 – November 2. The theme of the conference is: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health. Our team will be presenting findings and […]

New study examines the factors that influence the police-community relationship

Interactions between police and the communities they serve have always been an important component to police efficacy, as the police depend on community residents to both report crimes, and cooperate with them in their investigations. However, the tension between the two groups, though not a new phenomenon, has been highlighted recently by numerous, very public […]

New study examines alcohol and cigarette use among Polish youth

A  study of middle school students in Warsaw, Poland examined both the risk factors and promotive factors associated with adolescent substance abuse.  The survey questionnaire and items were based on those used for Flint Adolescent Study. Substance abuse is a significant issue for adolescents in Poland. Poland transitioned from a socialist to capitalist economy several decades ago.  […]

Applying empowerment theory to childhood nutrition

Last spring,  Marc Zimmerman was invited to present on the importance of youth empowerment, at the Childhood Health and Nutrition Research Conference hosted together by the USDA Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center and the National Dairy Council.  He also recently published a blog post on the National Dairy Council website about empowerment theory and YES and how it […]

Family dynamics throughout teen years linked to sexual risk behaviors

A new publication from the Flint Adolescent Study explores how family functioning throughout the adolescent years relates to sexual risk behaviors among teens. HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a major public health concern in the US. Adolescents are at increased risk for HIV/STI and Black adolescents are disproportionately affected. Previous studies have […]

Hospital ERs play vital role in reducing youth violence in urban communities

ANN ARBOR—Thirty minutes of counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease a young person’s involvement in future violent behaviors, researchers at the University of Michigan have found. Researchers from the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center and the U-M Injury Center found that a single, structured counseling session delivered to high-risk youth by a social […]

Fear of violence leads to weight problems for some young women

ANN ARBOR—Young African-American women who live in fear of the violence in their neighborhoods are more likely to become obese when they reach their 20s and 30s, new research from the University of Michigan Flint Adolescent Study shows. The community-based study in Flint, Mich., reveals that African-American girls who express fear about their violent surroundings […]

Financial Literacy Training Makes Dollars and Sense for Chronic Disease Management

Positive money management skills may help patients afford their medical care. One in four Americans currently struggle to pay medical bills and often go without needed treatment due to the cost. Going without prescribed medicines and services, also known as cost-related nonadherence, can make it difficult for patients to manage complex conditions, especially chronic disease. In […]

Community-academic partnership launches Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center

We are excited to be teaming up with our colleagues in Flint and Michigan State University to launch the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center.  This new collaboration of Flint’s Community Based Organization Partners (a coalition of community-based organizations), UM-Flint, the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus and Michigan State University will ensure community needs stay at […]

Youth with close friendships less likely to experience depression

Friendship attachment style during adolescence is linked to depressive symptoms for Africans Americans during the transition to young adulthood. A recent publication from the Flint Adolescent Study describes how attachment style may influence depression for low-income, urban African American adolescents at high risk for both insecure attachment and depression. Previous researchers have identified several types of friendship attachment […]

Op-Ed Flint water crisis…and beyond

In a recent op-ed in US News & World Report,  Drs. Marc Zimmerman,  Rebecca Cunningham, and Mahshid Abir, discuss the Flint water crisis and what it means for the health of the community moving forward. We have been privileged to work with the Flint community for over 20 years and have developed longstanding relationships and partnerships with the numerous […]

Fathers and Sons program launches in Chicago

ANN ARBOR—A proven University of Michigan program to strengthen the father-son bond, with a goal to reduce risky youth behaviors, will now be conducted in Chicago. The U-M School of Public Health has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of […]