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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]