Center for Health & Community Impact as Wayne State University

The mission of the Center for Health and Community Impact at Wayne State University is to deliver and evaluate healthy living programs to Michigan residents, particularly targeting underserved populations in Southeast Michigan and the city of Detroit.

Location: Detroit , Michigan
Year founded: 2010

Description

The Wayne State University (WSU) Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies and the Center for Health & Community Impact have been partnering with stakeholders, organizations and schools to implement community- and school-based health initiatives in Detroit for more than 12 years. The Center for School Health was founded in 2010 after a decade leading community health programs and conducting best practices and impact research. In 2016, the Center was re-launched as the Center for Health and Community Impact to better convey the scope and evolution of our work. Together, we are educators, researchers, and community leaders at Wayne State University who are committed to advancing health and social equity at the local, regional, and national levels.

Alongside community partners, we develop and lead evidence-based, and sustainable programs that transform the healthy living opportunities for families, neighborhoods, and organizations.

We conduct nationally-recognized research, evaluation, and advocacy of community health programs to identify best practices, health impact, and environmental improvement.

Collectively, our work promotes a holistic approach to health and social equity across the lifespan.

Building Healthy Communities for a Brilliant Detroit

About

Brilliant Detroit currently operates three ‘homes’ in Detroit neighborhoods that work with families to design and deliver community focused programs that support the success of young children (ages 0-8) and their families.

The emerging partnership between Brilliant Detroit and the Center for Health and Community Impact is designed to specifically develop and bring to scale a neighborhood center and cohesive set of physical activity and healthy eating services, programs, and supports to complement the current initiatives underway in existing Brilliant Detroit neighborhood homes.

Creating a sustainable culturally relevant program begins with the neighborhood, families, and individuals. The Center will host and attend neighborhood listening sessions to understand needs and interests of the community in area of health. As information is gathered and trust earned, Center staff will partner with neighborhood citizens to create, develop and implement health programs in the areas of healthy eating and physical activity.

Programs will be designed by the needs of the specific neighborhood and Brilliant Detroit ‘home’ and will promote wellness by providing culturally appropriate health information to clients and providers. Programs will teach individuals and families knowledge and skills in the areas of healthy eating and physical activity

In addition, the Center will leverage its partners to affect the health and wellness of citizens in target neighborhoods and create long-term formal and informal partnerships. A key role of the Center will be to facilitate continuity of programming and long-term sustainability within each program and neighborhood.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission of the Center for Health and Community Impact is to improve community health and vitality through leadership and advancement of research, programs, and policies for healthy living. Within its broad array of healthy living research, programs, and advocacy is a primary commitment to early childhood health and school success in Detroit. Our focus is to create a culture that supports healthy eating, physical activity and school success through coordinated, multi-sector, community based interventions. Our programs facilitate health and education equity within Detroit neighborhoods by focusing on children ages 2-8 to promote and sustain a culture of health and school success. Our work integrates multiple spheres of influence: from families, to early childhood care centers, to community organizations. We work with neighborhoods to help set goals and actions so all children are healthy and kindergarten ready and integrate evidenced based resources and childhood development programs around the areas of health, family support and quality education.

Our most recent change is the partnership with Brilliant Detroit. The goal of Brilliant Detroit is to help create “Kid Success Neighborhoods” where all children have the environment and opportunity to thrive, families receive resources they need to support child and family success within walking distance and residents set goals for their future. It is a neighborhood where individual and neighborhood improvements are advanced and measured. Resources are delivered under one roof, in a home in the middle of a neighborhood where families have easier and better access to opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.


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Program Description

The emerging partnership between Brilliant Detroit and the Center for Health and Community Impact is designed to specifically develop and bring to scale a neighborhood center and cohesive set of physical activity and healthy eating services, programs, and supports to complement the current initiatives underway in existing Brilliant Detroit neighborhood homes.

Creating a sustainable culturally relevant program begins with the neighborhood, families, and individuals. The Center will host and attend neighborhood listening sessions to understand needs and interests of the community in area of health. As information is gathered and trust earned, Center staff will partner with neighborhood citizens to create, develop and implement health programs in the areas of healthy eating and physical activity.

Brilliant Detroit currently operates three ‘homes’ in Detroit neighborhoods that work with families to design and deliver community focused programs that support the success of young children (ages 0-8) and their families.

Programs will be designed by the needs of the specific neighborhood and Brilliant Detroit ‘home’ and will promote wellness by providing culturally appropriate health information to clients and providers. Programs will teach individuals and families knowledge and skills in the areas of healthy eating and physical activity.

In addition, the Center will leverage its partners to affect the health and wellness of citizens in target neighborhoods and create long-term formal and informal partnerships. A key role of the Center will be to facilitate continuity of programming and long-term sustainability within each program and neighborhood.

Our key objectives are:

1. To engage families in listening sessions to determine their needs and interests regarding physical activity and nutrition programming in Brilliant Detroit ‘homes’, in their residences, and other neighborhood supports.

2. To develop a comprehensive platform of physical activity programming and supports for families in Brilliant Detroit ‘homes’, residences, and community organizations.

3. To develop a comprehensive platform of nutrition programming and supports for families in Brilliant Detroit ‘homes’, residences, and community organizations.

4. To evaluate the participation, family assessments, and health impact of physical activity and nutrition programming offered in Brilliant Detroit ‘homes’, family residences, and community organizations.

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Demonstrated Need

We are currently in three Detroit neighborhoods: Cody Rouge, Southwest,

and North End. At present we have one site operational in Southwest, two sites operational in Cody Rouge with the North End location launching in two weeks. Currently we have programming five days a week and are serving more than 200 families with many more signed on to start in August. In the North End location we have 100 families who will participate in the first phase.

Need in the neighborhoods:

The IFF’s recent childhood education study identified Cody Rouge as a high needs area. The area has more than 3,000 children under the age of 5. Approximately 19.9% of the residents have no high school diploma. Approximately 23.8% of families have an annual income of $15,000 or less while 14.5% of families do not have access to a vehicle.

In the Southwest neighborhood there are more than 5,200 children under the age of 5. About 20% of residents do not have access to a vehicle, and 46.6% have no high school diploma. Approximately 30.6% of families have an annual income of $15,000 or less. The average household income in Southwest is $34,761.

In the North End neighborhood there are more than 2,300 children under the age of 5. About, 21.3% of the residents do not have a high school diploma. Households with income less than $15,000 was 10.2% higher than the city average, while its share of households with incomes more than $50,000 was 6.3% lower.

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Program Accomplishments

The Center for School Health was founded in 2010 by faculty, staff and students in Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies at WSU.

Outcomes

  • Changed health behaviors of students in 500+ schools
  • Created, promoted and distributed healthy school resources
  • Created healthy school role models through professional development of 5,000+ teachers and school leaders
  • Developed health polices/standards for MI Dept. of Education
  • 100+ professional publications on healthy schools
  • 200+ state, national and international presentations and keynote lectures
  • 20 research and community engagement awards


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How do you measure the success of your program?

Our key objectives are:

1. To engage families in listening sessions to determine their needs and interests regarding physical activity and nutrition programming in Brilliant Detroit ‘homes’, in their residences, and other neighborhood supports.

2. To develop a comprehensive platform of physical activity programming and supports for families in Brilliant Detroit ‘homes’, residences, and community organizations.

3. To develop a comprehensive platform of nutrition programming and supports for families in Brilliant Detroit ‘homes’, residences, and community organizations.

4. To evaluate the participation, family assessments, and health impact of physical activity and nutrition programming offered in Brilliant Detroit ‘homes’, family residences, and community organizations.

We will execute process, outcome, and impact evaluation to
measure the success of our efforts in accomplishing project objectives. Process
evaluation will include: maintaining field notes of all family correspondence
and engagement with our staff and programs, conducting regular family
interviews, and document/artifact collection and analysis (e.g., physical
activity platform and marketing, nutrition platform and marketing). Outcome
evaluation will include elements such as: participation logs, environmental
analyses, community use surveys. Impact evaluation will include collecting
health metrics (BMI, physical activity participation/knowledge/attitudes, and healthy
eating behaviors/knowledge/attitudes).

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