New study examines links between life satisfaction and school violence

A new study led by our colleague, Jorge Varela at the Universidad del Desarollo in Santiago, Chile, examined the relationship between school violence and life satisfaction among youth, specifically looking at the role that school satisfaction may also play in that relationship. The researchers analyzed data from a sample of 802 seventh graders from three different cities in Chile and […]

New partnership with Wayne State University brings YES to Detroit

We are excited to announce that YES is being adapted and implemented in Wayne County, MI. Dr. Poco Kernsmith and Dr. Joanne Smith-Darden from the Wayne State University School of Social Work are adapting the YES Curriculum to address Teen Dating Violence (TDV). YES for Healthy Relationships (YES-HR) is a four-year project that will implement YES in three Wayne […]

Partners share data through Open Data Flint project

We are excited to be participating  in the recently launched  Open Data Flint project.  Open Data Flint is an open-to-the-community data repository that aims to assist the community of Flint, Michigan to: Bring together data to help build the evidence base to achieve a healthier Flint community. Gain a deeper understanding of the far-reaching impact of […]

Join the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center mailing list

The Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center (HFRCC) is organized to create synergy in research, foster  academic-community partnerships, and develop innovative solutions to community-defined issues. In collaboration with the Flint community, the Healthy Flint Research Center (HFRCC) is a partnership among UM/Flint, UM/Ann Arbor, and MSU to work to aid Flint recover and rebuild from the water crisis. […]

New study finds support for YES model of psychological empowerment

A new study tests the theoretical model of psychological empowerment and finds support for the three components described in Zimmerman’s conceptual framework: intrapersonal component, interactional component, and behavioral component. Eisman and colleagues analyzed data from 367 middle school youth aged 11-16 to test the theory. Results indicated that each of the factors for the three […]

New report available online: Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Engaging Youth

The 2016 report from the Prevention Research Center and Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center: Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Engaging Youth is now available online. Our latest report features news and updates from several of our projects in the Flint community including: Community Engagement and Revitalization, the core project of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center Youth Violence through […]

PRC researcher selected as Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Andria Eisman for being selected as one of ten recipients of the 2016 Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award. The Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award recognizes postdoctoral fellows at the University of Michigan who have demonstrated a breadth of excellence in all areas of research, teaching, mentoring, service, and leadership. Dr. Eisman’s primary research focuses on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]