Current Projects

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

2017 Dates/Times to be announced. Please check back in December 2016.

Personal Empowerment Program at Hamilton Crossing
The Personal Empowerment Series at Hamilton Crossing is a partnership between the Family Empowerment Program at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan Health System, Program for Multicultural Health (PMCH). The purpose of the Personal Empowerment Series is to address disparate health and health related outcomes associated with poverty, lack of social support, and lack of education and training in the Hamilton Crossing community. Resident participants are offered opportunities to engage in interactive, purposeful activities that are designed to enhance their health literacy, become more self-aware, and focused on pursuing healthy lifestyles.

Community Flu ClinicsMulticultrual Health
The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu is to get vaccinated every fall. The annual partnership between UMHS Community Programs and Services, the Program for Multicultural Health, Interpreter Services, UM School of Nursing, the UM School of Public Health, and the UM College of Pharmacy - called Michigan Community and Interprofessional Practice Training (M-CIPT) - provides free flu vaccines to high risk community members (uninsured, underinsured, individuals with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic lung and heart disease, pregnant women, people age 65+, and anyone living with or caring for other high risk individuals. Annual Community Flu Shot Clinics are held at the following locations:

  • Brown Chapel AME Church
  • Adrian Senior Center
  • Washtenaw County Foster Grandparent Program
  • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
  • New Hope Outreach Clinic

2016 Community Flu & Wellness Clinics

Date Time Location Address
Sunday, September 25 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

33640 Michigan Avenue, Wayne
Wednesday, September 28 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Adrian Senior Center 327 Erie Street, Adrian
Friday, October 14 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm *New Hope Outreach Clinic 229 Chapin Street, Ann Arbor
Thursday, October 27 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Brown Chapel AME Church 1043 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti
Friday, October 28 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Brown Chapel AME Church 1043 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti

*Flu shots only

Questions? Want more information? Contact Tammara Smith at (734) 998-2156.

Community Service-Learning
Community service-learning internships are provided for both undergraduate and graduate level students. The internships allow students to utilize theory learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world. Students gain knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and evaluate community-based, culturally appropriate health programs for diverse populations.

PMCH partners with multiple academic departments at the University of Michigan (School of Nursing, Medical School, School of Public Health, etc.) to develop internships for students. Partnerships with community agencies allow students to work in settings such as summer camps, housing complexes, faith-based organizations, health fairs, and community centers. Examples of activities include:

  • Collect and analyze needs assessment and program outcome data
  • Implement health education workshops
  • Conduct nutrition workshops
  • Create culturally appropriate health education tools
  • Facilitate dialogue/discussion groups, and
  • Lead healthy cooking demonstrations

Hepatitis B Project (Education, Screening, Vaccination and Treatment)
Since 2006, the Asian group (initially under the Healthy Asian Americans Project at the UM School of Nursing) began screening Asian Americans for HBV infection. To date, approximately 1,300 people have been screened. The project moved to PMCH in 2009, and continues its screening and education. After securing free vaccines from CDC in 2010, the program started to offer free vaccination to qualified participants in the community with a $10 processing fee. (The HBV immunization costs about $75 plus processing fee at the local county health department). In 2011, medical students of the United Asian American Medical Students Association (UAAMSA) at UM planned to follow HBV patients from the past screening and help them getting treatment if possible. Dr. Lok, the collaborating hepatologist, supported this project.

Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) is a Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop, endorsed by Michigan Department of Community Health. The program teaches chronic disease patients and/or their caretakers how to take care of and control their chronic diseases. The workshop meets 2 1/2 hours every week for 6 weeks. It is an action oriented program, each participant is expected to commit an action to help control their disease every week. In 6 weeks, they can build up actions to keep their chronic disease under better control. The curriculum is developed by Stanford University Patient Educational Department and is a proven evidence-based program.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Health Tent
PMCH organizes the Community Programs & Services-sponsored annual community-based health tent at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival (YHF) featuring onsite health screening, interactive health education and health promotion activities. The YHF is an annual three-day community event in August that attracts thousands of visitors and features live entertainment, historical exhibitions, local attractions, food, and vendors. The Health Tent, one of the largest YHF vendors, is a collaboration between more than a dozen health organizations and health providers including St. Joseph of Mercy Health System, Washtenaw County Public Health Department, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association, and Huron Valley Ambulance. The Health tent welcomes hundreds of visitors annually to participate in lively, family-oriented health activities all offered free-of-charge.

Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Project
The Capacity Building Grant, from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), was developed to offer assistance to Asian American communities in improving health and reducing health disparities, particularly social barriers.