The latest updates, news, and events happening at the PRC/MI.

Happy New Year from the Prevention Research Center of Michigan!

We would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy 2013!

In this update:

  • 2012 PRC/MI Publications and Presentations
  • Dr. Sarah Stoddard Discusses Online Peer Pressure on The Academic Minute
  • Genesee County REACH U.S. Project Awards Dr. Daniel Kruger
  • Core Project Update: HOPE Project Social Media Contest
  • MI-YVPC Partners with Flint Youth Theatre to Talk About Bullying

2012 PRC/MI Publications and Presentations

Last year, our faculty and staff were busy working on a variety of new and ongoing research projects. In 2012, PRC/MI researchers shared their findings and processes through:
The 2012 publications and presentations came from a variety of projects, including HOPE, MI-YVPC, Virtual Networks, Fathers and Sons, the Flint Adolescent Study, Motherly Intercession, and the Speak To Your Health! Community Survey. Congratulations to our faculty and staff on a productive year!

Dr. Sarah Stoddard Discusses Online Peer Pressure on The Academic Minute

PRC/MI researcher Dr. Sarah Stoddard discussed findings from her recent article: "Permissive Norms and Young Adults' Alcohol and Marijuana Use: The Role of Online Communities" on Northeast Public Radio's The Academic Minute, which aired December 31st. The findings are based on data from the Virtual Networks Study. The full text of her comments and a link to The Academic Minute recording can be found on our website.

Genesee County REACH U.S. Project Awards Dr. Daniel Kruger

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Kruger who received an award from the Genesee County REACH Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEED) in December. The award recognizes the PRC/MI’s dedication to the REACH U.S. project which aims to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal health and infant mortality in Genesee County.

Core Project Update: HOPE Project Social Media Contest

We recently implemented some innovative marketing strategies to continue expanding the following on HOPE Online, which includes the HOPE website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. From October 1 through November 30, HOPE held a contest to encourage HOPE party participants to follow and engage with us online. As a result of the contest, we gained several new followers from our focus population. These new followers were (and still are) actively engaged, liking, re-tweeting, and commenting on our updates and blog posts. Read more about the HOPE Social Media Contest on the Safe and Healthy Futures blog.

MI-YVPC and Flint Youth Theatre Partner to Talk About Bullying

The past Fall, the Flint Youth Theatre (FYT) partnered with the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC) to talk to youth about bullying. The FYT production of The Hundred Dresses by Mary Hall Surface, based on the Newbery Honor Book by Eleanor Estes, was presented to groups of children as part of the FYT’s 2012-2013 series. Two talkback sessions were held after the performances where YES staff joined select cast members to answer questions about the show, bullying, and the research being done with the MI-YVPC. A study guide was written by YES research assistant Colette McAfee to go along with the play and can also be implemented in school settings. Read more about the project and the study guide on the Michigan YVPC blog.

Safe and Healthy Futures & MI-YVPC Blogs

Interested in learning more about what we're up to? Visit our Safe and Healthy Futures blog and MI-YVPC blog regularly to stay up to date on the latest research and events.

How does your organization promote safe and healthy futures or prevent youth violence? Email us at if you are interested being a guest blogger!

New Speak To Your Health! Data Website

The new Speak To Your Health! Community Survey website ( features general information, map libraries, and tables for each year of the Genesee County survey, including 2011.

To access the data you will need to create a login and password for the site. Contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.
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