Updates, news, and events from the Prevention Research Center of Michigan.

Happy Holidays!

As the year draws to a close, we would like to wish everyone all the best for the holiday season and the year to come. We also want to express our appreciation to our partners, faculty, staff and students for your contributions this past year. We are pleased to share some recent highlights of our work in Michigan and beyond.

In good health,

The PRC/MI Team


New YES Website and Videos

Youth Empowerment Solutions Goes National

Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES) is being disseminated nationwide and we are offering training and evaluation services to others who are interested in implementing the program in their community. YES is a theory-based youth violence prevention program that focuses on empowering youth to create change in their communities. Over the past few weeks we have trained teams in Houston, Salinas, Boston, and Portland to implement the YES program as part of the CDC STRYVE Initiative.

In addition, YES recently launched a new website and a series of six short videos capturing the core elements of the YES program including Empowering Leaders, Working with Adults, Cultural Identity, Team Work and Changing Their Community. Visit the website to download the curriculum, watch the videos and learn more about the YES program.


2013 Speak To Your Health! Survey is now online!

The 2013 Speak To Your Health! Community Survey was launched this fall and kicked off online and at multiple sites around Flint and Genesee County, Michigan. Many thanks to the University of Michigan PHAST team for distributing the surveys at several locations in Genesee County. The data will be collected over the next few months through an online survey with the goal of collecting 1800 responses from Genesee County residents by early spring. If you live in Genesee County, please help spread the word! For more information, see the press release from the Genesee County Health Department.

The biennial Speak To Your Health! Community Survey has been conducted in Genesee County since 2003. The survey is a collaborative effort of community, health department, and university partners. The 2013 survey was funded in part by grants from the Ruth Mott Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Visit the STYH survey website for more information about the survey and to view results from previous years.


2013 Publications

This year, PRC/MI faculty, staff and partners published over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals examining a range of topics including youth violence prevention, HPV vaccinations, fast food and obesity, breast cancer screening, sexual health, and stroke. Many of these publications are available online. View a complete list of our publications from our website.


2013 Periodic Report

We are pleased to share our latest report from the PRC/MI. This year's report, entitled Empowering Communities for Health, features articles on the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center, PRIME, and the Speak To Your Health! Community Survey. Download a PDF version of the report or contact us to request a print copy.  

Speak to Your Health! News Briefs

Two new health briefs based on the results from the 2011 STYH survey are now available: Pollution and Air Quality in Genesee County and HIV/AIDS in Genesee County. We encourage you to share these health briefs in newsletters, on email lists and through social media.  
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