Community-Academic Research News 
Fall 2016

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan (U-M) and the Detroit URC are offering grants of up to $25,000 for collaborations between U-M (Ann Arbor campus) academic researchers and community-based partners in the State of Michigan. These grants will support research focused on evaluating and strengthening interventions, programs, and policies that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty in Michigan.  Read more

As part of a block club fundraiser for the Eastside Community Network (ECN), a community-based organization on Detroit's lower eastside, several members of ECN are offering a fun and educational Bootlegger's Tour of Detroit's Eastside on Saturday, 
October 22, 2016 at noon and 2 p.m. 

This is a great, saf e way to experience a part of Detroit that most visitors to the city, and even many residents, never see! The tour will bring  participants to the historical Eastside, briefly cross over into Grosse Pointe, and make stops at sites related to Detroit's Prohibition Era bootlegging activity, including a bar that was a former speakeasy.  Tickets are $20 per person for a two-hour, bus tour if you use the promotional code "iliveindetroit" (one word, no spaces, all lower case). Free tickets are also being giving away by lottery.  Learn more

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) continues to garner respect nationally as an effective approach for improving the health and well being of communities. Members of the Detroit URC and affiliated partnerships will present their work at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Denver, October 31 to November 2, 2016. Click below for details: 
On November 10, the Detroit URC will begin accepting applications for its third year of the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy. This one-year, all-expenses-paid program provides selected community-academic teams a unique opportunity to learn about CBPR through an integrated learning program that includes a one-week intensive course in Ann Arbor, monthly learning activities, and expert mentoring as they develop a CBPR partnership project in their community. Learn more

Those who are attending the APHA Meeting in Denver are invited to a presentation entitled "Strategies to Enhance Community-Academic Partnerships" (Session 4378) on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 4:30 to 4:50 p.m. The Detroit URC will have informational handouts available at the session, as well as at the U-M School of Public Health booth in the APHA Exhibit Hall. Read more

New Study on CBPR Partnership Success
What factors contribute to success for long-standing CBPR partnerships in the United States?  The Detroit URC intends to answer this question through a five-year, $2 million study called Measuring Approaches to Partnership Success (MAPS). Funded by the NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research, the MAPs project aims to develop a clear definition of partnership success, a specific set of factors that contribute to it, and a practical tool for measuring these dimensions that others across the U.S. can use to assess and strengthen their own partnership efforts  to achieve health equity.  Details forthcoming .
Thanks to a one-year implementation grant, the Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Initiative is seeking a part-time health coach. The person hired for this role will provide  day-to-day support to participants of the Initiative, which aims to reduce Type 2 diabetes and heart disease for residents in  the 48213 zip code area in Detroit. The Healthy Neighborhood Initiative plans to offer health, fitness, and nutrition programming at  Chandler Park. Click here

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With a theme of "People. Power. Purpose," the National Collaborative for Health Equity is holding a one-day event in Detroit on  November 10, 2016 called  Working Together to Advance Equity & Improve Community It will showcase how national, regional, and local organizations focused on improving the health and well-being of communities collaborate for success and feature examples of multi-sector policy change, campaigns, & programs from around Michigan. Learn more
Detroit URC Board
As the Detroit URC enters its 21st year of fostering health equity through community-based participatory research (CBPR), we recognize that this important, collective work is only made possible through the ongoing collaboration among these exceptional partner organizations: 
and Social Work
We have quite a team, and we are grateful. 
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