The Detroit URC: fostering health equity through 
community-based participatory research (CBPR)
for more than 20 years

Our Board

The Detroit URC Board is comprised of representatives from community-based organizations in Detroit, the Detroit Health Department, and Henry Ford Health System, as well as faculty representatives from the University of Michigan Schools of Public Health, Social Work and Nursing. The Board is responsible for identifying priorities of the Detroit URC, and for overseeing the development of new community-based participatory research projects and related activities. Members of the Board are also reffered to as partners of the Detroit URC partnership. Each of our affiliated partnerships and projects is directed by a Steering Committee that consists of representatives from the Detroit URC Board, and may also have additional community organizations represented as needed and appropriate, based on the focus of the affiliated partnership. 

Detroit URC Board - Organizations & Representatives: 

sonjaallenCommunities In SchoolsCommInSchools
Sonja Allen, CEO


Richard Bryce, Chief Medical Officer




JoneighKhaldun Headshot 5x7Detroit Health Department
Joneigh Khaldun, Executive Director and Health Officer, Detroit Health DepartmentDetroitHealthDepartment Logo


Angela G. Reyes, Executive Director




Guy Williams, President & CEO

Suzanne Cleage, Director of Neighborhood Growthecn

Zachary Rowe, Executive Director

Lidia Reyes-Flores, Executive Director



Neighborhood Service Organization
nso 60th
Sheilah Clay, President & CEO 



Gwendolyn Daniels, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity





Barbara L. Brush, Professor and Carol J. and F. Edward Lake Term Clinical Professor, Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction



Barbara Israel, Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education and Principal Investigator/Director Detroit URC
2a.Public Health




port marieo  Marie O'Neill, Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences & Epidemiology, U-M SPH






Amy Schulz, Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, U-M SPH





Edie Kieffer, Professor
Rogério Pinto, Professor 



Emeritus Board Members

ricardo guzmanJ. Ricardo Guzman, Consultant for Community Health and Social Services Center, Inc.
(Retired Chief Executive Officer)

Click here to read a special Tribute interview with Ricardo.





Richard Lichtenstein, Emeritus SJ Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy Associate Professor, Health Management, U-M SPH

Click here to read a special Tribute interview with Rich.


The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center
University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M SPH)
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DetroitURC RevisedLogo Orig