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

Funding Source MI Women's Foundation $20,000; 2/00-2/01
Goals & Objectives: To strengthen the capacity of eastside Detroit communities to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
Communities
Involved:
East side Detroit residents, primarily African American
Partners: Detroit Health Department, Eastside Parish Nurse Network, Friends of Parkside, Henry Ford Health System, Islandview Development Corporation, Village Health Workers, Warren/Conner Development Coalition, UM School of Public Health.
Intervention: Approximately 20 community members trained as HEED advocates on topics related to diabetes risk factors, access barriers. Activities include fruit/veggie mini-markets, walking clubs, information fairs, healthy cooking demonstrations.
Outcome Indicators: Raised knowledge about diabetes risk factors and prevention; raised social support; raised access to information about diabetes/healthy foods; expanded resources for fitness/exercise activities.
Methods & Analyses: Pre-post training assessment; process and outcome evaluation using project documentation.
Results: Pre-post training assessment indicates increased knowledge among participants about diabetes prevention, importance of diet and exercise.

 

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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