African American History and Health Disparities

By: Melissa Watts, MD February is Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of the achievements by Black Americans and marks a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in United States history. African Americans have a unique history in the United States which has led to some unique factors that have created […]

Congressman Kildee returns to talk to youth

We’d like to thank Congressman Kildee for taking the time to talk with the kids from the Michigan YVPC  YES and Mentoring programs. “I think people operate under the assumption that young kids don’t have anything to add to the conversation, but talking to these kids about their neighborhoods is more poignant than reading data”, Kildee […]

Working with MICHR to Engage Communities

For several years, we have worked in close partnership with the Outreach, Partnership and Implementation Science  (OPIS) program at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), an NIH-funded center that provides education, support, and funding for clinical and translational research and helps to connect research teams and engage communities. Several of our community board partners […]

Addressing the Unique Needs of the Arab American Population

According to recent estimates, there are 1.2 million to 3.5 million Arab Americans living in the United States with the highest concentration living in Michigan.1 Although there is a large Arab American population in the U.S.,  little data exists about the prevalence and outcomes of mental health, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and other conditions within this […]

Empowering Communities: Yielding a Higher Return on Investment

The overall theme of the National Public Health Week 2013 campaign, “Public Health is ROI: Saving Lives, Saving Money”  promotes the idea that public health is an investment in our future and is an excellent way to celebrate the role of public health and the importance of disease prevention in promoting the health of our […]

Watch the “Public Health is ROI” video

To promote this year’s theme for National Public Health Week and illustrate how supporting public health efforts provides a return on the initial investment, the American Public Health Association released a video this week providing statistics and facts about how investments in water fluoridation, workplace safety, nutrition, physical activity, and childhood vaccinations result in healthier individuals and […]

National Public Health Week April 1-7, 2013

National Public Health Week starts today! Since 1995, communities from coast to coast have observed National Public Health Week every April, celebrating the work of public health and coming together in support of better health for all. This year’s theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” Much like the business world, ROI […]

PRC-MI Posters Tie for 1st Place at MICHR Community Engagement Conference

Congratulations are extended to our PRC-MI students, Ashley Garrity and Alexandra Turner, for sharing the 1st place prize for their posters in the student category at yesterday’s MICHR 2013 Community Engagement Symposium: Stronger Relevant Research, Better Health Outcomes. The winning posters: “Making Data Useful: Using Multiple Methods to Share the Results of a Community Health […]

The Academic Minute: Online Peer Pressure

Dr. Sarah Stoddard discussed  findings from the Virtual Networks Study on the December 31st Academic Minute. Listen to the recording here. Full text available on The Academic Minute Website: Dr. Sarah Stoddard – Online Peer Pressure Young adults spend increasing amounts of time socializing online through social networking sites. But do these online interactions […]

December 2012 Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement

Nine school violence prevention researchers and practitioners nationwide have developed a position statement on the Dec. 14, 2012 Connecticut school shootings that is being disseminated across the U.S. today. The statement is in response to the tragic acts of violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School and updates the School Shootings Position Statement that was disseminated […]

Safe and Healthy Futures for All Children

Our hearts grieve for the families of Newtown, Connecticut, and for every family who has lost a child through homicide.  In the United States, an average of seven young people under the age of twenty are murdered each day.  Most of these children die as a result of firearm injuries. By applying public health principles, […]