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The Speak to Your Health! Community Survey project examines health patterns, health behaviors and attitudes, and social and environmental determinants of health for Genesee County, MI residents. The survey has been conducted biennially since 2003 and the results have been extensively utilized by local agencies and organizations. For example, the Genesee County Health Department uses STYH results to develop and assess progress related to their 5-­year strategic plan. The project has brought direct benefits to Genesee County residents, including the creation and guidance of health service delivery programs and perhaps most notably through the establishment of the Genesee Health Plan, which provided basic health coverage to uninsured adults a decade before the Affordable Care Act was implemented. The project is unique in several ways including community ownership, the connection to capacity building for research by community institutions and organizations, and a focus on how social justice issues are linked to health behaviors and service utilization.
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Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Genesee County Health Department
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Project Principal Investigator:
Daniel J. Kruger
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Genesee County Health Department
Current Academic Partners:
Baker College, Kettering University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Flint, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Current Community Partners:
Bridges To the Future, Building Neighborhood Capacity Program, Community Based Organization Partners, Community Outreach for Family & Youth, Crim Fitness Foundation, Diplomat Pharmacy, Fenton Area Resource & Referral Network, Flint Odyssey House-Health Awareness Center, Genesee County Community Action Resource Department, Genesee County Health Department, Genesee County Prevention Coalition, Genesee Health System, Genesee Intermediate School District, Genesys Health System, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Hamilton Community Health Network, Hurley Medical Center, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Region 10 PIHP, Ruth Mott Foundation, UAW-GM Life Steps
Needed Academic Partners:
We welcome collaborations with academics who can bring added value to the project.
Needed Community Partners:
We welcome community organizations, institutions, and agencies who wish to partner with STYH for community benefit.
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Suzanne Cupal, MPH
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