Current Projects

Paul BridgewaterDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
"Dying Before Their Time: The Startling Truth About Senior Mortality in the Detroit Area and Urban Michigan"

Saturday, January 31, 2015
1pm - 3pm
Turner Senior Resource Center
2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Presenter: Paul Bridgewater, President and CEO of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging & host of "The Senior Solution" on WCHB 1200AM

Mr. Bridgewater will discuss his research on the health and social well-being of senior African Americans in the metropolitan Detroit area. He continues to work locally and nationally to advocate for senior rights, civil rights, and access to quality healthcare for all seniors.

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. 2015 Flu Clinic dates and times TBD. Annual Community Flu Shot Clinics are held at the following locations:

  • Bryant Community Center
  • Brown Chapel AME Church
  • Community Action Agency
  • Washtenaw County Foster Grandparent Program
  • New Hope Baptist Church
  • New Hope Outreach Clinic
  • West Willow Church of God

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 ½  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.