The latest updates, news, and events from the Prevention Research Center of Michigan.

Happy Spring!

We are pleased to bring you the latest updates from the PRC/MI. 

In this issue:

  • Kudos to PRC/MI Faculty and Students
  • Upcoming Events
  • Project Updates: Addressing Unique Populations and Engaging Communities
  • MI-YVPC Offers Youth Violence Prevention Course to UM SPH Students

Kudos to PRC/MI Faculty and Students!

We would like to congratulate the PRC/MI faculty and students who received awards for their posters at MICHR's 5th Annual Community Engagement Symposium. Dr. Sarah Stoddard also received an award for a poster she presented at the Society for Adolescent and Medicine's 2013 Annual Meeting.

Congratulations are also extended to Dr. Stoddard for being awarded a Mentored Scientist Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute of Health (National Institute of Drug Abuse). She will be investigating the relationship between neighborhood and individual-level risk and protective factors and the co-occurrence of substance use and violent behavior.

Upcoming Events

  • On Thursday, May 2nd, the Speak To Your Health! Community Survey Committee, in collaboration with the University of Michigan-Flint School of Health Studies and Professions, is sponsoring a screening of The Weight of the NationThe free screening will be held at UM-Flint's KIVA Auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local community health experts.
  • The PRC/MI, in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Training Center, will be offering a new training course, Evidence-Based Public Health. This course is intended for individuals working in local public health departments. The course, which begins May 30th, will cover principles of health assessment, community improvement planning, program evaluation, and more.
For information about these and other upcoming events, visit our new upcoming events page and calendar on our website.

Project Updates: Addressing Unique Populations and Engaging Communities

Over the past year, we have begun four new projects that focus on the unique health needs of specific populations in Michigan communities: the Arab American supplement of the Speak To Your Health! Community Survey, an adaptation of the YES curriculum for Muslim youth, Encuesta Buenos Vecinos, and Weighing In. These projects have connected us with new partners to explore health issues of populations that are often underrepresented in public health programs. Read our latest blog posts to learn more about these new projects and partnerships: _____________________________________________________________________

UM SPH Students Learn About Youth Violence Prevention

We are pleased to report that we are wrapping up another successful semester of HBHE 680-Youth Violence: Issues and Prevention. This course,  offered through the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC) and led by Dr. Sarah Stoddard, teaches students about youth violence prevention in the public health context. Guest speakers this semester included youth violence experts from around the state. Students also contributed to a class blog to discuss current youth violence-related topics. Learn more about the course and read the students' posts on the HBHE 680 Blog.

Safe & Healthy Futures Contest

Do you know a Flint youth aged 12-18? The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC) is inviting Flint youth, aged 12-18, to submit original photos, videos, drawings, poems, or music describing their vision for a Safe and Healthy Future. Learn more about the contest's rules and how to submit an entry on the Safe & Health Futures Contest page. The deadline for contest submissions is April 30th.

April's Speak to Your Health! News Brief

Data from the Speak to Your Health! Community Survey is featured in monthly news briefs which highlight findings on specific topics. In case you missed it, the topic for April is Neighborhood Safety. The brief features results from the 2011 survey as well as local and national resources where you can get more information about how to stay safe.
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