Past Projects

Multicultrual Health

E-Health: Seniors Searching for Online Health Information (2009)
PMCH developed a pilot project focused on understanding how Chinese speaking elders (n=60) find and use online health information for: (1) self-empowerment, (2) healthier lifestyles, (3) detecting potential medical problems early, and (4) learning of effective health treatments. Most participants in the pilot phase reported that learning to surf the internet for health information was very helpful and good knowledge to have. Another project focused on elderly and e-health is scheduled for the future.

Body and Soul Enhancement Project (2006-2007)
PMCH in collaboration with the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center developed programs and policies to increase physical activity and healthy eating for five Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti African American churches. The objectives of the project were to (1) provide training to church coordinators and counselors on designing and implementing a basic physical activity program and (2) provide technical assistance to churches to develop policies to support physical activity and healthy eating. Project outcomes consisted of development & implementation physical activity plans, Physical Activity Program Development Guide for Churches, and a completed nutrition series workshops for three churches.

Multicultural Community Insights on Health (2005)
This project was designed to conduct focus groups for four culturally diverse populations (East Indian, Russian-speaking Jews from the Former Soviet Union, Chinese, and the Latino male population) to gain knowledge about culturally specific health behaviors, availability and usage of healthcare providers, and solutions to reduce health disparities. Project outcomes included developing three health resource directories (in Chinese, Russian, and Spanish), and conducting culturally and linguistically appropriate health workshops on oral health, medication safety, memory loss, and other topics.

Innovative Approaches to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Conference (2004)
The conference highlighted innovative approaches to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. National best practice models and research was shared from various sectors of the community, such as, health care, government, grassroots, business, and religious communities. Conference content was targeted toward health issues for the African American, Arab, Asian, Hispanic, White, Native American populations. The conference provided an opportunity for participants to learn culturally appropriate healthcare delivery strategies and to advocate for health policies to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

Asthma Screening Project (2005)
PMCH in partnership with the U-M Division of Allergy and Immunology conducted free asthma screening for African-American children ages 8-14 (n=30) living within the empowerment zones of Ypsilanti, Michigan (48197 and 48198 zip codes). Also, parents were invited to be screened. Both parents and children learn to use an inhaler properly. Participants who were at higher risk and screened positive for asthma were referred to UMHS Allergy specialists for follow-up.

Colon Cancer Workshop (2006)
PMCH in collaboration with Pfizer Pharmaceutical Corporation conducted a free educational workshop African Americans residing in Washtenaw County. The purpose of the workshop was to increase colon cancer awareness and encourage early screenings. Two University of Michigan experts in the field of gastroenterology, John Y. Kao, M.D., and Chen Hsing Hsu, M.D., presented information about colon cancer statistics, prevention, screening and detection. More than 80 people attended. Three months later, all participants 50+ years of age who had not been screened for colon cancer were contacted by phone to reinforce health education and remind them to schedule a colon cancer screening.

Medicare Multicultural Workshops (2005)
PMCH in collaboration with Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County conducted a training for five Medicare counselors to help community groups understand the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Plan. Community group included senior groups from: African-American churches, Foster Grandparent Program, Russian-speaking Jews from the Former Soviet Union, Chinese, and Arab populations. Approximately 150 individuals attended the two-hour workshops. The Medicare counselors offered free counseling for six months after the workshops ended.

Pharmacy Internship Project (2006)
PMCH in collaboration with U-M College of Pharmacy, provided free medication workshops, twice a week for six months, at a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chinese-American and Russian-American bilingual pharmacy students were able to provide a culturally appropriate community pharmacy setting. Also, students designed and developed a medication safety booklet written in three languages: English, Chinese and Russian.

Sisters Striving Towards Balanced Health (SSTBH): A Cultural Approach to Weight Management in African- and Mexican- American Women (2003)
The SSTBH Study was designed to decrease obesity among the African-American and Mexican-American women. African American women (n= 30) residing in Washtenaw County and Mexican American women (n=15) residing in Detroit were provided culturally appropriate education on sustaining healthy lifestyle behaviors including selecting nutritious and culturally preferred food items, engaging in fun and low impact physical activities, managing stress, and understanding medical issues regarding obesity over a six month period. Interactive sessions were provided to increase participants’ use of accessible and affordable community-based health and social services that supported weight loss maintenance. Project results included positive changes in weight, knowledge, and behaviors.

Juventud Por la Salud/Youth for Health (2002)
The purpose of the Juventud Por La Salud/Youth for Health research project was to reduce the occurrence of controllable risk factors for type 2 diabetes among Latino youth in residing in Washtenaw County. The project's culturally appropriate interventions focused upon modifying lifestyle behaviors by promoting health education about diabetes, increased physical activity, decreased consumption of high fat foods, and reduced stress. Interventions and materials were provided in Spanish. Project outcomes included improved good cholesterol levels and normal BMI readings. In addition, parents who took an active role in supporting their children's participation in the activities expressed increased new knowledge about creating healthy lifestyles for their families.

Umoja Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Research Study (1998-2001)
PMCH in partnership with local African American faith-based organizations developed a culturally appropriate intervention to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among church members. The project consisted of clinical and behavioral interventions that focused on nutrition, physical activity and stress management. Clinical assessments included weight, BMI, cholesterol screenings. Pastors were targeted as community leaders to promote the project among the church community and to encourage project participation. Indigenous health workers were recruited and trained to implement screenings to further empower community members in caring for their own health, and the health and well-being of their communities. Over 400 individuals from 10 Washtenaw County churches participated in the project and forty-three persons were trained as lay health advisors. Assets identified in the project included high levels of life satisfaction and sense of day-to-day control, high levels of perceived personal physical health, very strong social support, and very low levels of alcohol consumption and smoking.