Collaborative Projects

Healthy Lifestyle, Happy Kids – Nutrition Training in Flint, MI

In response to requests from community partners, the Michigan PHTC led the development of a lead-shielding nutrition training geared towards community health workers, childcare providers, and others who work with children ages 2-6 in Flint and Genesee County, MI. Under guidance from Nutritional Sciences faculty member Dr. Sue Cole, the materials were developed by Rachael McClellan (consultant) and a team of graduate students: Jennie Proto, Mary Connolly, Aarohee Fulay, Nosheen Hayat, and Tyler Hicks. The training is being piloted in April 2017, and will continue to be revised over the summer. Ultimately, it will be made available for download so that any interested facilitators can use the materials with their audiences.

Healthy Dearborn Coalition

Healthy Dearborn is a coalition of over 200 community residents and partners convened by Beaumont Health to promote a culture of health in Dearborn, MI. In the spring of 2017, five U-M SPH graduate students (Suzie Genyk, Lara Khadr, Lilah Khoja, Luke Shenton, and Taylor Sullivan) explored the issue of food insecurity on behalf of the Healthy Food workgroup under guidance from Sara Gleicher and Dr. Carmel Price. The students conducted a literature review to examine national, state, and local data available on the issue and drafted a survey tool that could be implemented to collect information within Dearborn specifically. The project is expected to inform the activities of the Healthy Food workgroup.

Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Preparedness Exercise

Imagine this scenario – University of Michigan students and residents of the surrounding towns have been exposed to virulent pathogen, m. puckavivens. Investigators have announced that the outbreak is in a state of emergency! Exposed individuals can become infectious and will eventually TURN INTO ZOMBIES!

On March 25, 2017, the U-M SPH held a functional emergency preparedness exercise in partnership with Washtenaw County Public Health, the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the U-M Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work. Approximately 150 individuals participated as clinic station staff, community residents, and zombies. The materials were developed by a group of 32 graduate students in the health professions.