Here’s to evaluation: PRC-MI takes on project to connect Flint environmental change strategies to health outcomes

Written by: Laney Rupp, Kimberly Snodgrass, Rick Sadler When people think of health promotion they might envision taking an exercise class or visiting the doctor. But health promotion extends far beyond individual behavior. Our environmental surroundings can either hinder or facilitate health and well-being.  Residents of Flint, Michigan, are particularly privy to this reality. The […]

Register for the YES 2019 training program

A photo of a Youth Empowerment Solutions training session.

Join us for a 2-day hands-on training for the YES program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. This interactive training will be led by UM faculty and staff and will teach practitioners how to implement the YES Curriculum in their communities. Topics include the theory of YES, implementation, evaluation, and adaptation for your […]

Community Based Crime Reduction project in north Flint moves toward its implementation phase

A picture of part of the North Flint Residents photo group during a planning session.

In 2017, the Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) received $1,000,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. HCHN is partnering with the North Flint Neighborhood Action Council (NF-NAC), the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, to implement a Community Based Crime […]

U of M partners to improve school safety in Genesee County, MI

A photo of participants of a program at Beecher's Tucker Elementary School.

Originally posted on our sister center’s website, Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC). In response to multiple school shootings in the U.S., the Department of Justice created the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) to study promising programs that may improve school climate and safety. Since 2014, over $240 million has been awarded to research school-based […]

Welcome to our new PRC scholars

Featured Image: Welcome New Scholars 2018

We are pleased to welcome our new scholars to the PRC team. Dr. Wu joins us from Taiwan as a visiting scholar to learn more about community and adolescent research in the United States. Dr. Schmidt is continuing as a post-doctoral fellow after recently completing her doctorate in HBHE. We are also joined by Elyse […]

Community greening efforts help reduce violent crime

Flint residents work in a community garden, part of the Clean and Green Program developed by the Genesee County Land Bank Authority in the City of Flint. Image courtesy: Genesee County Land Bank Authority

Originally posted at Michigan News (University of Michigan). Image courtesy of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority. ANN ARBOR—Efforts to beautify vacant lots in the city of Flint have made neighborhoods more appealing but have also reduced assaults and violent crime by 40 percent, according to a new study by University of Michigan. The study, […]

Thanks to our 2018 Summer Interns!

A photo of some of our PRC and YVPC 2018 Summer Interns

Our center had an amazing group of interns join us this summer. Their wide-ranging experiences and skills were invaluable in moving our projects forward. Our interns included undergraduate and master’s students from across the university and they worked on a variety of projects including Community Engagement & Revitalization (YVPC’s core project), Core SVIPP, Sandy Hook […]

National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2018 is March 19-23

National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) 2018 begins next week. Each year, organizations across the country participate in this week-long educational initiative with the goal of creating safe and positive environments within our schools and communities. This year, we will be co-hosting a Q&A on Facebook. We will be joined by the Division of Violence Prevention experts […]

Study results show that YES program empowers youth to improve their community and avoid trouble

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 […]

Fill-A-Truck for Flint

The water crisis in Flint is a public health emergency, and many of us are wondering what we can do to help. There are several non-profits in Flint that are accepting monetary and water donations for families in need. Let’s do our part and Fill-A-Truck for Flint. The Prevention Research Center and Michigan Youth Violence […]