Past Projects

Multicultrual Health

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.