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

Funding Source BC/BS of MI $150,000; 2002-03
RWJ Foundation $60,000; 2002-05
Root Learning Inc $150,000 In Kind; 2002-05
Empowerment Zone Innovation Program $219,000; 2002-03
Goals & Objectives: To increase the enrollment of eligible east side Detroit children in Medicaid/MI Child health insurance programs.
East side Detroit residents, primarily African American; local Family Independence Agency (FIA)/social service staff.
Partners: Neighborhood Service Organization, UM School of Public Health, Communities in Schools, Friends of Parkside, Family Independence Agency, Detroit Health Department, Michigan Department of Community Health.
Intervention: Organizational change/ quality improvement process to improve customer service and staff effectiveness at local FIA offices.
Outcome Indicators: Enrollment of children in Medicaid/MI Child; changes in local welfare staff attitudes and behavior; raised knowledge about Medicaid/MI child; improved customer satisfaction
Methods & Analyses: Formative research (Focus groups with community residents, FIA staff) used to develop this project; pre-post surveys: of 300 FIA customers and 100 FIA staff in each of 3 intervention and 3 control areas; pre-post training skills assessments among FIA staff.
Results: Publications


The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center
University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M SPH)
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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