Current Projects

Multicultrual Health

Community Flu Clinics
The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu is to get vaccinated every fall. UMHS Community Programs and Services, the Program for Multicultural Health, and Interpreter Services are partnering once again the UM School of Nursing, the UM School of Public Health, and the UM College of Pharmacy to provide free flu vaccines to those community members at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia, those who lack medical insurance, individuals with certain medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, chronic lung and heart disease), pregnant women, people age 65+, and anyone living with or caring for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications from the flu. The flu clinics are available at the following locations and no pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact Tammara Smith at 734-998-2156.






Friday, September 26

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bryant Community Center

3 West Eden Court, Ann Arbor

Sunday, September 28

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

New Hope Baptist Church

33640 Michigan Avenue, Wayne

Tuesday, September 30

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Community Action Agency

400 West South Street, Adrian

Thursday, October 16

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Foster Grandparent Program

Senior Health Building
5361 McAuley Drive
Ypsilanti Township

Friday, October 17

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

New Hope Clinic

229 Chapin Street, Ann Arbor

Thursday, October 23

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

West Willow Church of God

1837 Tyler Road, Ypsilanti

Thursday, October 30

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Brown Chapel AME Church

1043 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti

Friday, October 31

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Brown Chapel AME Church

1043 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti

Patient Navigation Program
The Patient Navigation Program (PNP), a team-based approach, will provide coordinated one-on-one services to obstetrics and gynecology patients whose care is provided by Family Medicine physicians at the UMH Ypsilanti Health Center. The basic goal of the PNP is to provide personalized assistance, in a culturally sensitive manner that will improve the patients’ healthcare experience by addressing and diminishing barriers to care, providing language translation and interpretation as needed, providing culturally tailored health education and social support, increasing health literacy, conducting community outreach, and linking patients to available community and social resources.

Washtenaw County Health Disparities/Health Equity Capacity Building Project
PMCH in collaboration with several partners is implementing activities to address racial and ethnic health disparities, and to improve health equity in Washtenaw County. Phase I of the project included building partnerships to mobilize communities to address social determinants (healthy food access, recreational spaces, safer neighborhoods, literacy/education, skills development, improved housing, improved air quality, etc.) and gathering community assessments from the African American and Latino communities on barriers to achieving optimal health. Current project activities (Phase II) include improving (1) health literacy and access to resources for the African American community, and (2) transportation and social support barriers for the Latino community.

The partnership is led by Washtenaw County Public Health with: Corner Health Center, Packard Health, Washtenaw Community College Harriet Street Center, St. Joseph Mercy Health System - Neighborhood Health Clinic, and the Spanish Health Care Outreach Collaborative.

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

Community-Based Health Education and Outreach for Women
Collaborative project with community partner, Girls’ Group, Inc. and U-M Social Work faculty, Trina Shanks to lead a series of 2-3 group health literacy sessions for mothers and high school daughters that help each increase their individual health literacy on stress and depression, educate them on options and resources available for addressing mental health challenges, and increase the likelihood that mothers and their families will access needed resources in order to address depression.

Community-Based Health Education and Outreach for Senior Citizen Women
A targeted, community-based, culturally competent, small group, interactive session that connects U-M Social Work faculty member, Trina Shanks with Foster Grandparent (FGP) participants. In addition, a certified personal trainer will provide demonstrations of effective physical activity strategies to FGP specifically designed for elderly women.

3X More Likely Campaign Infant Mortality Campaign
Serve as partner with Washtenaw County Coalition for Infant Mortality Reduction with implementation of Community Education Campaign in Washtenaw County to create more awareness and action around disparities in infant mortality. The campaign addresses African American women’s health and infant mortality in Washtenaw County. Black infants are three times more likely to die than white infants before their first birthday in Washtenaw County.

Mother’s Infant Feeding Research Study
Ongoing qualitative research study being conducted by the Program for Multicultural Health (PMCH), Women’s Health Program (WHP) in partnership with Michigan State University, Department of Sociology, to investigate mothers’ experiences related to decisions they make about feeding their babies. Goals of the study are to better understand disparate breast feeding rates among mothers by interviewing African American mothers about the social context of their infant feeding experiences. This research is an expansion on previous research conducted 2009-2010 “Disparate Breast Feeding Outcomes Through Intersectional Paradigms.”

SIDRA Community Partnership
Assist community partner, SIDRA (Sister Initiative for Development Reformation and Awareness) with securing support for addressing domestic violence among Muslim/Arab American women. SIDRA Foundation is a non- profit, educational organization in Michigan with the mission to empower women through targeted education. SIDRA’s mission is to build a bridge of communication between Muslim/ Arab Community and the American Community, to facilitate better understanding between the two cultures.