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 […]

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 […]

New YES study sheds light on factors related to implementing programs in real-world settings

Translating evidence based programs from controlled settings into real-world community settings is challenging. Inevitably, life gets in the way, and programs are not implemented as they were originally designed or intended. Measuring implementation factors can help guide future implementation and improve program outcomes. A new study, published in the journal, Health Promotion Practice, presents methods to […]

Social support for young violence victims could reduce risk of cervical cancer

New research from the PRC, just published in the Journal of Women’s Health, examines long-term outcomes of violence victimization in African American women. The research confirmed associations drawn in previous studies between violence victimization, psychological distress, and substance abuse, but went a step further and investigated the indirect effects of these factors on pap smear […]

New study quantifies community perceptions of the Flint Water Crisis

A new study, published in the Journal of Urban Health, reveals that a significant percentage of Flint residents have experienced both financial and health-related effects due to the high lead levels in their drinking water. This study, which is one of the first to quantify the effects of the water crisis, drew from a longitudinal research study […]

PRC Director Marc Zimmerman recognized with collegiate professorship

We are pleased to announce that on March 16th, 2017, the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan appointed Marc Zimmerman as the Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health. Dr. Zimmerman, Director of the PRC and MI-YVPC, has been part of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Faculty since 1989. […]

YES Releases Second Edition of Curriculum

We are excited to announce the release the 2nd Edition of the Youth Empowerment Solutions Curriculum,  Adaptation Guide, and Evaluation Guide. The new editions are freely available for download. The new edition of the curriculum includes: Updated sessions to reflect today’s technology and youth.  For example, the Photovoice activity (Unit 2) has been adapted for smartphone and […]