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For the upcoming performance season, the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Music will continue the traveling Operatunities! Outreach program and presentation of a full opera production with an invitation performance for local schools in Flint & Genesee County. Like the 2016-17 program year, Dr. May will again collaborate with community partners like the Whiting, Swartz Creek Performing Arts Center, the Flint Farmer’s Market, and the Public Library. Dr. May is currently working to find additional venues and community partners to bring Operatunities! to wider audiences across our community. We will collaborate with Flint’s Communities First, Inc. on a performance project in the fall. The opera outreach programming for this season will feature operas by American composers. Dr. May wants to expand programming for elementary, middle, and high school. This will include a fully staged production of the children’s opera, Little Red Riding Hood, by Seymour Barab for elementary and middle school students. For high school outreach, Dr. May will be creating a traveling quartet of collegiate opera workshop members to present operatic scenes, art songs, and arias to promote the diversity of classical music and vocal arts. In addition, the main stage opera will feature a cast of all women in John Duke’s comic opera, Captain Lovelock. As part of our programming, we will present the important heritage of American music and diversity in performance. We will do a double bill presentation of these two main stage operas on our campus to provide an outreach experience and exposure to opera for primary and secondary schools in our area. We will again work with the music education students of NAfME to create our innovative lesson programming for elementary schools. This season will provide opportunities for performance, education, and service learning for the university students. The community will experience interactive and innovative musical performances and education presentations that will provide arts access in our community for students and families.
Project Principal Investigator:
Brian Di Blassio
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University of Michigan Flint College of Arts and Sciences
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The University of Michigan proposes to lead an effort that will recruit 10,000 patients engaged in existing healthcare processes at three Southeast Michigan acute care hospitals and their affiliated outpatient practices: University of Michigan Health System (UM, Ann Arbor, Michigan), Hurley Medical Center (Flint, Michigan),and Beaumont-Dearborn (formerly Oakwood Health, Dearborn, Michigan) into the Precision Health Initiative of Michigan Communities (PHIMCo). We will create a cohesive community bound by a geographically natural collaboration of health centers with a highly diverse population (including African-American, Arab American, immigrant, and low socioeconomic status populations) that spans providers, care type, payer mix, and region. Our participants and centers have a record of coordinated infrastructure development to enable research and improve quality of care and health for our larger community. We will leverage the foundation of a successful longitudinal biorepository at UM with 35,000 patients available for re-contact with integrated EHR data. We have actively engaged our patients into a long-term partnership wherein these individuals gave broad consent for the use of their samples, enabling us to link their biosamples to a variety of data sources and re-contact for future studies. In addition, we will execute efficiently by using the unique, tightly structured perioperative process that offers cost-effective biospecimen acquisition and a comprehensive and standardized history and physical under consistent conditions. We will engage participants and their communities. Our participant engagement strategy is rooted in community-based partnership principles pioneered by the University of Michigan research across all aspects of the proposed initiative, beginning before this proposal and extending to executive leadership of PHIMCo. We will derive meaningful phenotypes and outcomes from the electronic health record (EHR) for national data sharing using existing data interfaces that have already successfully integrated = 3 million patient records and 10 billion clinical observations in a common data model across 30 health systems and multiple vendors. Our existing comprehensive EHR data integration follows participants as they move from organization to organization. The EHRs of 7 major health systems (UMHS, Mercy Health, Trinity Health, Beaumont Health, Sparrow Health, Bronson Health, and Holland hospitals) that serve 4 million patients in Michigan are the foundation of data integration for the 4 enrollment center hospitals. As participants naturally move geographically and across providers, PHIMCo will be able to offer unique continual data feeds reflecting health status and healthcare exposures for decades to come.
Project Principal Investigator:
Sachin Kheterpal
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan Medical School
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Hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of mortality in the United States. African Americans have the highest prevalence of hypertension of any race/ethnic group in the United States which largely contributes to their increased burden of stroke compared to non-Hispanic whites. In addition, uncontrolled hypertension is more common among socioeconomically disadvan-taged populations than their counterparts. To improve health equity, new approaches to hypertension treatment focusing on health care systems and difficult-to-reach populations are needed. The Emergency Department (ED) represents a missed opportunity to identify and treat hypertension in difficult to-reach populations. Currently, there are 136 million ED visits per year, nearly all have at least one blood pressure measured and recorded. African Americans and socioeconomically disadvantaged patients are dis-proportionally represented in the ED patient population and are increasing. In this age of electronic health records and mobile health, the ED can feasibly become an active partner in chronic disease management by pro-gramming the electronic health record to identify hypertensive patients and dispense a mobile health behavioral intervention. Facilitating ED follow up at primary care clinics is a key feature of the proposed intervention. Leveraging the strengths of the ED, large patient volume of uncontrolled, difficult-to-reach, hypertensive pa-tients, with the strengths of the primary care clinics, continuity of care, is the key to improving community wide utilization of health services and receipt of guideline concordant medical care. We propose, Reach Out, a health system focused, multicomponent, health theory based, mobile health behavioral intervention to reduce blood pressure among hypertensive patients evaluated in a safety net ED. This trial will take place in Flint, Michigan, an urban, under-resourced, predominately African American community with which the researchers have long-standing partnerships. Reach Out consists of three components, each with two levels; healthy behavior text messaging (yes vs. no), prompted home blood pressure self-monitoring (weekly vs. every other day) and primary care provider appointment scheduling and transportation (yes vs. no). Subjects will be randomized into one of the eight experimental arms and followed for 12 months. Reach out will determine which behavioral intervention components or `dose? of the components contribute to a reduction in systolic blood pressure at one year (Aim 1). We will also determine the effect of primary care provider ap-pointment scheduling and transportation on primary care follow up of hypertensive patients treated in an urban, safety net ED (Aim 2). Reach Out may revolutionize hypertension management in safety net health systems. By connecting ED patients to primary care providers, Reach Out can serve as a model for safety net hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers to improve chronic disease management in underserved communities
Project Principal Investigator:
William Meurer
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan Medical School
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Introduction: The Flint, Michigan Water Crisis (2014-present) increased awareness of the dangers of drinking lead-contaminated water. Elevated blood lead levels during pregnancy are associated with spontaneous abortion, lower birth weight, and infant mortality. During the Washington DC Water Crisis (2000-2004), exposure to lead-contaminated drinking water was associated with fetal death and reduced birth rates. Purpose: A web-based intervention was implemented and tested to increase knowledge and skills related to lead water contamination and improve behaviors related to safe drinking among females of reproductive age. Materials and Methods: The intervention used a one-group pre-test design. University of Michigan – Flint female students aged 18 to 45 who wished to become pregnant in the next 2 years were recruited via email, classroom contact, and flyers. A survey was administered at the start of and two weeks after the end of the intervention to investigate changes in knowledge, skills, and behaviors. The online course consisted of these sessions: • How to take care of oneself to have a healthy pregnancy one day: The session focused on the importance of a healthy diet, use of folic acid, and regular exercise. • Lead water contamination: The session focused on lead contamination and the effects of lead on the mother and baby. Types of food to consume if exposed to lead were discussed. • Prevention of exposure to contaminated water: Demonstrations of testing water, installing filters, and cleaning aerators were given in videos.
Project Principal Investigator:
Gergana Kodjebacheva
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University of Michigan Flint, Department of Public Health and Health Sciences; University of Michigan Ann Arbor, International Institute
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Michigan State University’s College of Social Science is a campus leader in Study Away and Internship programs with hundreds of students participating in these types of experiences each year. We are adding a new 2017 summer program in Flint, Michigan! Students benefit from hands-on learning in fields of interest while contributing to the mission of the organization and revitalization of the Flint area. As part of this new program, students are enrolled in concurrent coursework designed to develop self-awareness of the skills they have, as well as the ones they need to be successful in their internship and future career. Assignments provide an opportunity for reflection and deeper learning.
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Oumatie Marajh
Project Principal Investigator:
Vicki Shaver
Lead Institution:
Michigan State University
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This ongoing project provides logistical and communication support on university resources and findings to the Urban Core Mayors group, which includes the 13 mayors of Michigan’s older central cities. Intended outcomes include improvements to state and local policy and practice within urban communities, to support better governance and improved quality of life in Michigan cities. Also intended is greater use of empirical research in policy formulation. Ongoing
Project Principal Investigator:
Rex LaMore
Lead Institution:
Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development
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Youth Entrepreneurship and Flint City Pop-Ups Co-Implementation Project. This effort will focus on young people and young businesses. The education and support program will target high school students and disconnected youth ages 16 to 24 who are interested in starting their own businesses. Flint City Pop-Up will engage the more advanced youth entrepreneurs, as well as start-ups in the community who will benefit from the intermediary step of having a temporary space in which to do business. The goal is to create a pipeline for entrepreneurial youth with multiple entry points and several successful outcomes. Positive results will include youth starting their own businesses, entering training programs to gain skills they will eventually need in their field, finding a route back into the educational system, or becoming more innovative employees at existing companies.
Project Principal Investigator:
Bob Brown
Lead Institution:
Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development
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The translation study (SafERteens 2.0) aims to refine and package intervention and training materials essential to translating an efficacious Emergency Department (ED) based Brief Intervention (BI) for violence (SafERteens) for two delivery methods: by ED staff on site or by therapist remotely. The study will take place in two phases. During the Effectiveness phase, we will determine the effectiveness of the interventions [on-site therapist delivered BI + text messages (n=133); remote therapy delivered BI + text messages (n=133)], as compared to a usual care control (brochure; n=133), on violence outcomes at 3 months. Note that the tailored text messages will be delivered daily for the first month post-discharge, and three times per week in the second month post-discharge to the BI groups. During the Implementation phase, components of the RE-AIM model will be assessed over a 4-month period.
Project Principal Investigator:
Maureen Walton
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Emergency Medicine
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The proposed pilot study will test the feasibility and acceptability of an 8-session remote therapy intervention (RTI) initiated during ED care to reduce drug use and violence among 20 ED youth (ages 14-24) screening positive for an assault injury and past 62=-month drug use, with 4 month outcomes. The RTI will integrate MI+CBT+CM, and will be delivered by a Master’s level remote therapist. Additionally, Youth (ages 14-20) in the ED screening positive for alcohol use and violent behaviors will be assigned to the SafERteens BI + remote Health Coach (HC). After receiving the BI in the ED, youth will complete weekly assessments to tailor adaptive intervention content and measure mechanisms of change over 8 weeks. Outcomes will be measured at 4 months.
Project Principal Investigator:
Patrick Carter
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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Emergency Medicine
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The Red Cross has taken on the role of central coordination. They are convening weekly (Thursdays at 3PM) meetings for a broad coalition of community groups that have attendance of around 100 people. There are six workgroups: water resource; education; communication; mental health; physical health; coordination. Michigan State University is represented and listening for ways we can assist now that they are identifying volunteer needs.
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