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  1. Community force: How holistic program is changing Detroit one toddler at a time

    Brilliant Detroit works in 18 neighborhoods in the community by transforming a house in need of repair into a hub. It partners with 160 organizations to deliver early childhood education, family support and food. More than 19,000 children have benefited from the programming. Brilliant Detroit CEO Cindy Eggleton co-founded the organization in 2016 with University of Michigan alums Jim Bellinson and Carolyn Bellinson.

  2. Alum Deirdre Young weaves career from three fields

    Dentistry, higher education and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) might seem like three separate occupational pursuits, but alum Dr. Deirdre Young found a way to merge them in her career.

  3. Grant supports tuition-free midwifery program at U-M for underserved areas

    In response to ongoing disparities, the University of Michigan School of Nursing has partnered with Birth Detroit to launch the Michigan Maternity Care Traineeship Program.

    1. Bringing fresh perspectives to the Freep Film Festival

      This year’s Freep Film Festival, an all-documentary festival produced by the Detroit Free Press, sought insight from UM-Dearborn students. Festival organizers say they bring a new and welcome perspective to the festival. The partnership is part of Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Production Adam Sekuler’s new “Film Festival Programming” course.

    2. Former U-M students taking Planted Detroit to new heights

      Planted Detroit relaunched in January after restructuring and streamlining its operations. Founded by Ross School of Business alum Thomas Adamczyk, the company uses hydroponic technology to grow several types of lettuces, herbs, microgreens and edible flowers indoors. It sells ready-to-eat salad kits and greens in bulk. 

    3. UMCI design approved, construction ramps up

      The Board of Regents has approved the schematic design for the University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit, a six-story building expected to open in spring 2027. “The UMCI is a catalyst for positive change and, as such, presents itself along Grand River Avenue as a ‘Gateway for Innovation,'” said Hana Kassem, FAIA, Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). 

    4. How ghost streams and redlining’s legacy lead to unfairness in flood risk, in Detroit and elsewhere

      Ghost streams and wetlands are waterways that previously existed but, as urban areas built up, were either buried below the surface or filled in to support development. Detroit has removed more than 85% of the total length of streams that existed in 1905. Most major cities in the United States and Europe have removed similar numbers of streams.

    5. Barbara Israel awarded 2024 ASPPH Practice Excellence Award

      The ASPPH Practice Excellence Award is a testament to Barbara Israel’s effective approach and influence on public health as a scholar, educator and a practitioner. Her dedication not only raises the bar for public health work but demonstrates a passion for community well-being and impactful change.

    6. Detroit residents’ trust in police shaped by history of police contact

      The survey asked about three types of interactions with police: forceful contact, nonforceful contact and no contact in the last year. Detroiters commented on their personal experiences as well as the experiences of their family and acquaintances. A new report analyzing the survey data found 37% of residents had personal or proximate contact with police.