MICHR Funds Eight Flint Research Projects

In an effort to address community priorities related to the Flint water crisis, MICHR has funded eight community-engaged research partnerships and projects totaling $60,000.

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Earlier this year, MICHR partnered with Community-Based Organization Partners (CBOP) in Flint to establish the funding opportunity, Building Capacity for Research and Action, to address health consequences stemming from the Flint water crisis.

Each funded project has at least two partners: an academic partner who is affiliated with a college, school, or university and a community partner who is affiliated with a non-academic community organization or group (such as a non-profit organization or a neighborhood coalition). One innovative aspect of this mechanism is that the academic partners did not need to be affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Applications were reviewed by both academic and community partners. Funded projects are just getting started and MICHR is excited to see the impact of this mechanism.

Here is a full listed of the funded projects:

A Community-University Approach to Preventing HIV
Bettina Campbell, Executive Director, YOUR Center
David Cordova, University of Michigan, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Research Project - $10,000

Optimizing Aging in Flint Michigan
Erica Thrash-Sall, Executive Director, McFarlan Charitable Corporation
Lesli Skolarus, University of Michigan, Associate Professor, Neurology
Partnership Development - $5,000

Firming Up Community-Academic Research Partnership
Luther Evans, Director, Anders & Assocs; CBOP Member
Kent Key, MSU Medical School College of Human Medicine/Community Scholars and Partnerships
Partnership Development - $5,000

Engaging Flint Community Participation in Improving Informed Consent for Research
E. Hill De Loney, Executive Director, Flint Odyssey House Health Awareness Center
Raymond Hutchinson, University of Michigan, Professor, Pediatrics - Hem/Onc
Research Project - $5,000

Family Violence and Father Involvement in Flint
Shon Hart, Executive Director, InvolvedDad
Julie Ma, University of Michigan-Flint, Assistant Professor, Social Work department
Research Project - $10,000

Facilitating the Sustainability of the Speak to Your Health! Community Survey
Suzanne Cupal, Public Health Division Director, Genesee County Health Department
Daniel Kruger, University of Michigan, Adjunct Faculty, Institute for Social Research (ISR)
Partnership Development - $5,000

Meditation for older adults: A pilot study
Yaushica Aubert, Vice President of Operations, Valley Area Agency on Aging
Sheryl Groden, University of Michigan-Flint, Assistant Professor, Social Work
Research Project - $10,000

Building Capacity for Research and Action by Establishing a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Steering Committee in Flint to Address the Water Crisis
E. Hill De Loney, Executive Director, Health Awareness Center, Flint Odyssey House
Cleopatra Caldwell, University of Michigan, Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
Research Project - $10,000

Learn more about this and other MICHR funding opportunities here.