Mark Rivett posted May 6, 2020
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Social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic call for maintaining a distance of 6 feet between yourself and other people.
A campaign launched in partnership with the Detroit Police Athletic League and U:Link — a collective of governing agencies at seven Michigan public universities including the University of Michigan — wants to ensure that the physical distance does not translate to social isolation.
The campaign, called 6˚ of Separation, encourages people to commit to checking in on six people on the 6th, 16th and 26th of each month through the end of June.
“Our community needs timely, factual information we can trust as well as safe and caring human contact during this unprecedented test of our willingness to love our neighbors as ourselves,” said LaSonia Forte, associate director of state outreach in the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations.
Forte said the campaign launched in April after a March conference call between the Detroit PAL and U:Link members, along with Ashleigh Johnson of Poverty Solutions, Jade Burns, assistant professor of health behavior & biological sciences in the School of Nursing, and Diana Seales, a Ph.D. candidate who works at the Ginsberg Center and teaches in the Semester in Detroit program.
To date, more than 1,000 people have visited the Detroit PAL website to pledge to connect with six people three times a month.
Category: All News and Events, Detroit, Outreach News and Events
Mark Rivett posted April 20, 2020
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Vist Save MI Faves
Those wanting to help small businesses in Southeast Michigan from the comfort of their homes now have another way to show their support.
Save MI Faves, a one-stop-directory for buying gift cards, connects Michigan consumers with their favorite shopping spaces or eateries that have been closed or seriously impacted by the novel coronavirus.
Category: Ann Arbor, Community News and Events, Detroit
Mark Rivett posted January 30, 2020
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Can grocery delivery improve the health of pregnant women?
Are neighborhood entrepreneurship programs increasing economic mobility for low-income Detroiters?
What role could a modern greenhouse play in expanding the ancient African art of bead-making in Detroit?
These are research questions three teams of community and academic partners will tackle this year with support from the Detroit Urban Research Center and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. The grant program supports research projects focused on evaluating and strengthening interventions, programs, and policies that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty.
Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
Director, Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center
“These community-academic partnerships build on the joint expertise and resources of the university and community organizations to address some of Detroit’s most pressing needs,” said Barbara Israel, director of the Detroit Urban Research Center and professor of health behavior and health education in the School of Public Health.
The three research teams selected for this year’s community-academic grants each received $26,500, a portion of which will go directly to the community partners to support their involvement in the project.
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Category: Community News and Events, Detroit