Community-Academic Research News
June 2019
Detroit URC Board Partner Spotlight: Dr. Gwendolyn Daniels, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Population Health
Dr. Gwendolyn A. Daniels, DNP, MSN, RN has applied 20 years’ experience as former Director of Public Health Nursing with the then City of Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion to help design the structure and operations of the private, non-profit Institute for Population Health (IPH).
Daniels was asked to name the organization, and chose “The Institute for Population Health” because the vision was to deliver data driven, holistic, and equitable services to vulnerable populations in the Detroit metropolitan area. As a private non-profit business, IPH has fulfilled its mission to advance positive health outcomes in populations and communities since incorporating in 2012. 
Daniels is a founding member of the IPH leadership team and has held the positions of Vice President of Community and Consumer Engagement, Chief Operations Officer, and Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She became the Interim Chief Executive Officer in 2016 when the founding President and CEO took a new position to lead another state-wide organization. In April of 2019, the IPH Governing Chairman and the Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve Daniels as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  

In this new role as CEO, Daniels will continue to lead the operations of clinical services as a Designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look A Like under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) at three locations in Detroit including a School-Based Health Center. Other responsibilities include serving as the Project Director for a second round of funding through the HRSA Healthy Start Initiatives Grant Award for 2019-2024. IPH has been awarded a second round of funding for MDHHS 2019 Child Lead Exposure Elimination Grant as well.
Initially, Daniels became involved with the Detroit Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) years ago while working at the City of Detroit Health Department . At that time, community-based participatory research (CBPR) was integral to the development and implementation of community action networks to address infant mortality and lead exposure in children.  

When asked if the Detroit URC has helped to advance the mission of the Institute for Population Health, Daniels responded, “As a member of the Board, I have gained more knowledge and skills regarding CBPR. Specifically, I have learned how to share power and resources to work toward a common agenda with new strategies to reduce infant mortality in the City of Detroit. In the 2019 HRSA Healthy Start Grant application, I applied the principles of CBPR to work alongside community groups, partnerships, and the academic community to engage in data collection and evaluation of strategies to determine how to act upon the findings to improve the health outcomes for women and their families.” 

The overarching goals for IPH next year include: the delivery of quality primary care services, the reduction of infant mortality in the target area, increasing health care provider awareness of lead exposure during pregnancy, providing universal testing of children under the age of 3 years old for lead exposure, and educating health care providers in the community regarding human trafficking to prevent sexual violence and create protective environments for vulnerable women and girls. IPH will implement innovative evidenced based strategies to accomplish these goals.

For the remainder of the story on Daniels, click here .
Latino Family Services Joins Forces with People's Community Service to Re-open Food Pantry
After having to close their food pantry for several months starting this past February, Latino Family Services’ (LFS) Food Pantry was finally able to re-open their doors in early May. The food pantry’s new space at 420 S. Lehigh is the result of a partnership with People’s Community Services in Southwest Detroit’s Delray neighborhood.
LFS food pantry donations being organized
When asked how she found the new location, Lidia Reyes Flores, Executive Director of Latino Family Services, and Board member of the Detroit URC, responded, “We found this place when Channel 4 did the first video announcing that LFS was searching for a new home for their food pantry. In the video, they asked that people contact us if they had space. We had about 10 phone calls, but locations that people offered were not in Southwest Detroit. It was important to me to keep the food pantry in Southwest Detroit. Then someone who had worked at People’s Community called us and suggested that we meet with the CEO.”  
“I met with Ms. Montgomery, CEO, and it was an instant connection,” continued Reyes Flores. “When I met her and saw the site, I was so excited that we could finally move forward. We started the process of getting permission to be there, which took several weeks. When I contacted the people enrolled in our former pantry, they were so excited, you would have thought they had won the lottery, the way they were screaming with joy.” 

Latino Family Services serves about 200 families a week through their food pantry, and the need continues to grow.
Lidia Reyes Flores
“We serve a diverse community and have found that there are so many children and large families in this community. Furthermore, we have also found that a lot of people have come here from disaster impacted areas, like Puerto Rico, Venezuela and other South American countries. This makes for a vast need. Every week we see more seniors who need this food to survive.  We get at least 10 new clients each month. Sometimes we don’t have enough food. Now that we have a space again, the next issue that we have to address is finding more food to distribute.”

To find out how you can donate to the food pantry, contact the Latino Family Services staff at 313-279-3232 or stop by their office at 1145 Lawndale, Detroit, Michigan 48209.

For the updated clickondetroit story, click here .
Barbara Israel Recognized for her Outstanding Service to the City of Detroit
Four short years after receiving the “Game Changer” designation by the American Journal of Health Promotion, Dr. Barbara Israel, founder and Director of the Detroit URC, has once again been recognized for her exceptional contributions to advancing public health, fostering community-academic partnerships, and strengthening community capacity.

The University of Michigan’s (U-M’s) Detroit Center awarded Israel with its prestigious Outstanding Service Award on April 26, 2019. The Outstanding Service award honors U-M faculty or staff whose distinguished service to the people and organizations of Detroit embody the university’s commitment to the state’s largest city.

“The U-M Detroit Center’s Outstanding Service Award was conceptualized as a means of recognizing U-M faculty and staff whose work has had significant impact in the city of Detroit. We felt that Dr. Israel was a truly deserving recipient of the award and were thrilled to present it to her,” remarked Feodies Shipp, Director of the U-M Detroit Center.

At the same time, Israel also received the Spirit of Detroit Award “in recognition of exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership and dedication to improving the quality of life” from the Detroit City Council. In 2010, she received the School of Public Health’s Eugene Feingold Excellence in Diversity Award. Despite her numerous awards, she was nonetheless surprised to find out about this most recent commendation.
“When I was informed about receiving the Outstanding Service Award from the University of Michigan Detroit Center I was very surprised and humbled,” remarked Israel. “I do what I do because of my commitment and passion for the people and the city of Detroit, and to be recognized in this way is an unexpected and most appreciated honor.” 

“I really see this as a recognition of all of the partners involved in the Detroit Urban Research Center and the affiliated community-based participatory research partnerships who are engaged in significant efforts to better understand and address the social and physical environmental factors that impact health inequities,” continued Israel. “Having the opportunity to work with such insightful and dedicated partners and friends is a true gift - which I greatly cherish. I am glad to receive this award on behalf of all involved in our collaborative work in Detroit to promote health equity. I also acknowledge my parents, Archie and Adelaide Israel, who instilled in me the importance of social justice, and my spouse, Richard Pipan, and daughter, Ilana Israel, who have always inspired and supported me."
Barbara Israel is pictured here with Dr . William “Nick” Collins , Executive Director of the Center for Educational Outreach and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology (left), and Dr. James Holloway , former Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan (right).
Making Connections at the Detroit URC Networking Social
“Seeing old friends and colleagues and hearing what people are doing in the community.”

“Opportunity to connect on a more informal level. Simply eat, talk & discuss our passions.”

“Meeting new people and making connections.”

These are some of the many things that participants enjoyed about the Detroit URC’s 7th annual Networking Social event, held at the scenic Roostertail in Detroit on April 30. The event was sponsored by the Detroit URC with generous support from co-sponsors University of Michigan Detroit Center , Edward Ginsberg Center , Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) , and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan .
Approximately seventy people attended the event, which brought together representatives from community-based organizations, health services agencies and multiple academic institutions, in an effort to create new linkages among those interested in engaging in collaborative research in Detroit.

Welcoming remarks were provided by Barbara Israel, Director of the Detroit URC as well as representatives from each of the co-sponsoring institutions: Feodies Shipp, Director of the U-M Detroit Center; Mary Jo Callan, Director of the Edward Ginsberg Center; Erica Marsh, Director of MICHR Community Engagement; and Luke Shaefer, Director of Poverty Solutions at the U-M. 
Attendees then participated in two rounds of “speed-dating,” led by Angie Reyes, Executive Director of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation and Detroit URC Board member, during which they were asked to congregate around tables according to their identified research interests, and were able to have conversations on these topics for 15 minutes before switching to another table.

Theresa Kowalski-Dobson, a researcher working for Dr. Susan Woolford, an Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at U-M’s Child Health Evaluation and Research Center, explained that she and Woolford “attended the Detroit URC’s Networking Social with the hope of making connections that might lead to partnerships for our research team at the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics. Our main project hopes to engage youth in using a mobile application which sends culturally and individually tailored messages to promote healthy eating behaviors. We were happy to be at the Detroit URC’s Networking Social as we were able to talk with several people in attendance and ended up meeting with someone who was open to talking more about partnering!”
Suzanne Cleage, Director of Neighborhood Growth at Eastside Community Network, added that “the Detroit URC networking reception is something I look forward to every year. It's an opportunity to meet and engage with researchers and other staff from U of M and to connect with community organizations that are working across Detroit. I always build new relationships that turn into partnerships as a result from attending. This year, I met researchers that are looking to work with youth in Detroit on an app that provides nutritional information at fast food restaurants. I'm excited to see what this partnership will bring.”
For more photos from this event, click this link .
Reengaging and Generating Ideas at the CBPR Partnership Academy Symposium
The Detroit Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) was delighted to host a one-and-a-half day Symposium featuring participants in the CBPR Partnership Academy Network of Scholars on May 29-30. The Symposium, titled “Promoting Community-Based Participatory Research to Achieve Health Equity,” was held at U-M’s Detroit Center.

Attendees were drawn from three cohorts of teams in the Partnership Academy, each composed of 12 community-academic pairs that participated in the year-long program. The teams reflect multiple dimensions of diversity including 18 states, and 2 tribal nations, rural, urban, suburban and island communities with 68% from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in research.
The Symposium highlighted the work of Partnership Academy participants. Utilizing panel presentations, lightning talks, and poster presentations, teams shared their accomplishments and strategies in developing partnerships and implementing a wide range of CBPR projects - from designing culturally-grounded wellness programs to using digital storytelling to amplify community voices. In addition to formal opportunities to discuss issues and learn from each other in small groups, there were ample opportunities for networking and informal conversations.
“It was very enlightening and beneficial to see what others are doing. I think some ideas of how to move forward came up from the one-on-one conversations that the Symposium allowed for -- conversations which would not have happened if it wasn’t for the event itself,” remarked one participant.

“We have become reengaged and are excited to move to the next level,” continued another participant.

Watch for a more in depth story on the Symposium in the next newsletter and for presentations to be put up on the website soon.
Community Members and Academics Come Together at um3detroit
Detroit community partners and U-M faculty, students, and staff all converged at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on May 9 for the third annual um3detroit event , an event designed to strengthen connections between Detroit and all three U-M campuses. In addition to action-based research and community-academic partnerships, this year’s event also focused on facilitating dialog regarding some of the most pressing problems in Southeastern Michigan.
In addition to keynote addresses from U-M President Mark Schlissel , Wendy Jackson of the Kresge Foundation , Mayor Mike Duggan and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist , there were also lightning talks highlighting U-M’s work in Detroit, community spotlights, Detroit engagement exhibits, and breakout sessions.  

The Detroit URC organized one of these sessions, which examined how community-academic collaborative research partnerships equitably engage in knowledge generation and translation, interventions and policy change strategies to achieve community benefits, environmental justice, and access to health care in the city of Detroit. 

A list of specific topics and facilitators of this session include the following individuals and partnerships:
Kenyetta Campbell , Executive Director of the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Maria Salinas , Executive Director at Congress of Communities, Mike Duggan , Mayor of Detroit, Angela Reyes , Executive Director and Founder of Detroit Hispanic Development corporation, and Barbara Israel , Founder and Director of the Detroit Urban Research Center.
Health Impact Assessments and Community Benefits
Natalie Sampson , Assistant Professor of Public Health, U-M Dearborn
Simone Sagovac , Director, Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition
Lauren Fink , Community Epidemiology Manager, Detroit Health Department
Environmental Justice and Air Quality: Translating Research to Action
Amy Schulz , Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, U-M School of Public Health (SPH)
Angela G. Reyes , Executive Director, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
Immigration Policies and Access to Health Care
Paul Fleming , Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, U-M SPH
Richard Bryce , Chief Medical Officer, Community Health and Social Services Center, Inc.
Ensuring Access to Care with and within Diverse Cultures and Languages
Richard Lichtenstein , Emeritus Associate Professor (retired), U-M SPH
Madiha Tariq , Deputy Director, Community Health and Research Center, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
For more information about the most recent um3detroit event, click here .
Updates and Announcements
Save the Dates...
Gaz N Grafs on August 4th
Gaz & Grafs is DHDC’s annual fundraiser to raise money for the youth programs’ end of summer camping trip. This event is a graffiti art & car show, family affair. 
This year's event is set to be held on August 4th, 2019 from 12 PM-5 PM. The event will also include a Graffiti Art Battle, teams of artists will come out a week before the event and paint new murals on the back of our building where the event will take place. We hope you can come out and enjoy this years event and help send a deserving youth to camp!

7th Annual CHASS 5K on July 20th
The 7th Annual CHASS Mexicantown 5K Run/Walk/Kids Bubble Race is open to individuals of all ages and abilities! In addition to the walk/run to, and around, beautiful Clark Park, the day will include something for all ages and fitness levels.

Saturday, July 20, 2019
CHASS Center
5635 West Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan 48209

Check-in: opens 8:00 AM 
Kids Race Start: 9:00 AM
5K Start: Approximately 9:30AM (Immediately following conclusion of kids' race.)
$5.00 paid before 6/28, $10.00 thru 7/17
$15 day of race
11th Annual Parkside Health & Safety Fair on July 19th
Friends Of Parkside will host its 11th Annual Parkside Health Fair, Wednesday, July 19th from 10 AM to 4 PM at TVP II Community Center, located at 5000 Conner at Warren, on Detroit’s Eastside. This year’s sponsor is the Detroit Health Department.

The following is a partial list of vendors confirmed for the 11th Annual Parkside Health and Safety Fair:

  • Ascension St. John Providence Mammography & Heart Units
  • Secretary of State Mobile Unit
  • Henry Ford Health System.

2019 Handlebars for the Homeless on August 4th
Handlebars for the Homeless is a guided bike tour that highlights Detroit’s hidden treasures. The tour begins and ends at the NSO Bell Building located at 882 Oakman Blvd. in Detroit (former historic Michigan Bell Building). The route is approximately 17 miles and includes one planned midway stop, while guiding cyclists through some of Detroit’s most beautiful areas. The ride is fully supported with seasoned bicyclists, professional bike mechanics and EMTs.
Sunday, August 4, 2019

Teams of 10 plus Mbrs: $25/person  
Teams of 4-9 Mbrs: $30/person  
Individuals: $35/person
After July 22nd and onsite, all registration fees are $40/person  

Intersections in Engaged Research on September 27th
Researchers and co-investigators from all three U-M campuses are invited to attend  Intersections in Engaged Research . This interactive event will bring together researchers and multiple internal sponsor organizations to share and learn how we can leverage university resources to maximize our public and community impact.

This collaborative event is jointly hosted by the Detroit URC, Edward Ginsberg Center, Graham Sustainability Institute, Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), and Poverty Solutions at U-M.

This event is also co-sponsored by by the University of Michigan Office of Research, the Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs, and Academic Innovation. 

When: Friday, September 27, 2019, 12:30-4:30 pm
Where: Palmer Commons at U-M

For more information, click here .
Our Partners, Affiliates, and Friends in the News
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun , formerly the director of the Detroit Health Department and Detroit URC Board Member, has been named Michigan’s new chief medical executive . Congratulations Joneigh and thank you for your service as a Board Member!
Dr. Carla Bezold, Chief Epidemiologist at the Detroit Health Department will be serving as the Detroit URC Board Member representing the Detroit Health Department. Welcome Carla!
Linda Little , Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) President and CEO, was quoted by both the Detroit News and Crain’s Detroit Business regarding the Ilitch organization’s deciding not to buy a homeless shelter building in Detroit’s Midtown, and Bingham Farms-based MHT Housing Inc. subsequently stepping in to make an offer on the same property.  Little was also featured in a subsequent Detroit News story about the groundbreaking of the Clay Center, along with Emeritus Detroit URC Board members Richard Lichtenstein , Emeritus Associate Professor (retired), University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Chair of the NSO Board, and Sheilah Clay , past President and CEO of NSO and the building namesake.
Guy Williams , President and CEO of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, was the featured speaker for a forum on environmental justice and sustainable communities at Grand Valley State University .
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The Detroit URC is in its 24th year of fostering health equity through community-based participatory research (CBPR), and we recognize that this important, collective work is only made possible through the ongoing collaboration among these exceptional partner organizations:  Communities In Schools Community Health and Social Services Center Detroit Health Department ; Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation Eastside Community Network Friends of Parkside Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice Latino Family Services ; Neighborhood Service Organization Institute for Population Health Henry Ford Health System ; and The University of Michigan Schools of  Public Health Nursing , and  Social Work .