Current Projects

Multicultrual Health

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.

Health Care Reform Education Workshops
The overall goal of this project is to provide collaborative interactive community forums that educate culturally diverse communities about the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on racial/ethnic populations. Events will be tailored to meet the social and cultural needs of African American and Latino adults (aged 18 and older), and African American and Chinese American seniors (aged 50 and older) in Washtenaw County.

Sponsored by PMCH in partnership with Packard Health, Casa Latina, Washtenaw County ETCS Foster Grandparent Program, Asian Center Southeast Michigan, Washtenaw Community College Harriet Center, and Washtenaw County Public Health, with funds from the Michigan Department of Community Health Division of Health, Wellness and Disease Control Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section.

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.

Hepatitis B Project (Education, Screening, Vaccination and Treatment)
Since 2006, the Asian group (initially under the Healthy Asian Americans Project at School of Nursing) started screening Asian Americans for HBV infection. To date, about 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 process 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 are planning to follow HBV patients from the past screening and help them getting treatment if possible. Dr. Lok, the collaborating hepatologist, has agreed to support this project. If the model is successful, it will be introduced in the national APAMSA (APA Medical Student Association) conference to share with other medical schools in the nation.

PATH is an acronym for Personal Action Toward Health, and is a Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop, endorsed by Michigan Department of Community Health. The program is to teach chronic disease patients and/or their caretakers how to take care of and control their chronic diseases. The workshop meets 2½ 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.

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.

Minority Health Month 2011
This project is designated to disseminate the 2010 newly approved “Health Reform Law”. The project will conduct trainings for bi-lingual health advocates from five Asian ethnic communities (Asian Indians, Chinese, Korean, Philippines and Vietnamese). Health advocates will offer health reform workshops/seminars in the preferred languages of the Asian ethnic communities. There will be four workshops/seminars offered to the Asian communities in April, the Minority Health Month.

MAPI Diabetes Project
Asian Center - Southeast Michigan in collaboration with Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian origin (MAPI), Oakwood Hospital and PMCH is planning to conduct a diabetes research study in the Asian Indian community in metro Detroit. A detail work plan is being developed and will start implementation at the MAPI health fair in April.

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.

Free Community PAP Screenings
In honor of Women’s History Month, PMCH is partnering with the UMHS University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the Women’s Health Program are hosting a free Pap test screening.

A collaborative event between UMHS partners The Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Women’s Health Program, The Program for Multicultural Health, and The Obstetrics and Gynecology Department to provide free PAP screening for un-insured and underinsured women in the community. This community event is part of an ongoing 2011-2012 series of free community-based PAP screenings for underserved women in the community.

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.