Our Research

Michigan COVID-19 Recovery Surveillance Study (MI CReSS) 

MI CReSS is a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM SPH) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The goal of MI CReSS is to learn from people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 about their experiences before, during, and after their illness. Results from our study will help inform the public health response effort and policy. See more at https://sph.umich.edu/mi-cress/.

Frontline Autoworker Pandemic Study

The Frontline Auto Worker Pandemic Study is a voluntary research study designed by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in collaboration with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union and Ford Motor Company. The purpose of the study is to document and learn about experiences of Ford employees who have been working in-person (not remotely) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Impact of Tobacco Control Policies on Health Equity in the United States 

This study examines how tobacco control policies in the US affect disparities by socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity in smoking initiation and cessation. Findings from this research will provide critical evidence to policy makers and public health professionals at the local, state, and national levels as they consider the implications of tobacco control policy choices on tobacco-related health disparities. 

Modeling the Impact of Tobacco Control Policies on Polytobacco Use and Associated Health Disparities

This project is part of the University of Michigan/Georgetown Center for the Assessment of Tobacco Regulations (CAsToR). The tobacco market has become increasingly complex over the past decade, with new products recently introduced and others on the horizon. The increasing diversity of products will change the way people use tobacco and other nicotine-containing substances, including new combinations of polytobacco users. Little is known about how the evolving tobacco marketplace will shape the patterns of single- and poly-tobacco use, their subsequent long-term health effects, and potential disparities by socioeconomic status (SES) and race/ethnicity. The purpose of this project is to estimate tobacco-related health disparities associated with polytobacco use and to investigate the impact of specific tobacco control policy options on these disparities. Knowledge gained from this study will guide policy-makers’ decisions regarding which potential policies may be most effective in reducing downstream tobacco-related health disparities due to polytobacco use over time. For more information on CAsToR please see https://tcors.umich.edu/.

Structural Racism and Health 

We are developing work in the area of structural racism and health, including improving its measurement in epidemiologic studies, and conducting analyses linking measures of structural racism to adverse birth outcomes and other health indicators.