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U-M-Flint aims to narrow gap in health care disparities

The U-M-Flint School of Health Professions and Studies has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to decrease health disparities in the greater Flint community.

Project Export will focus on issues surrounding diabetes and HIV/AIDS in minority populations. Strategies will be developed to narrow the gap between minorities and Caucasians through prevention activities. An interdisciplinary group of faculty from Health Sciences & Administration, Nursing, and Physical Therapy will work collaboratively with several community partners to establish two pilot programs.

The researchers will determine the most effective method to communicate health educational messages and materials to minority populations.

Through Project Export, an Office of Disparities will be created in the Urban Health and Wellness Center (UHWC) and will serve in a coordinating role for the study.

The project will be a community-campus collaboration. Community partners include Faith Access to Community Economic Development, Flint Odyssey House Inc., Genesee County Community Action Resource Development, Genesee County Health Department, Hurley Medical Center and Mott Children's Health Center. Senior research faculty at the U-M Medical School, the U-M School of Public Health and the University of Pittsburgh also are joining the initiative.

Leading the team for Project Export is principal investigator Dr. Michael Giacalone Jr. of the UHWC. Janet Barnfather, Janice Brady, Joan Cowdery, Leaden Hickman, Kristine Mulhorn, Shandowyn Parker, Lucinda Pfalzer, Suzanne Selig and Elizabeth Tropiano join Giacalone as co-investigators.

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