1. When good intentions aren’t enough: creating more equitable partnerships

    The Community Partnership Playbook’s purpose is to guide researchers while supporting and lending authority to community organizations as they advocate for partnerships that will benefit their constituencies.


  2. Barger Leadership Institute Peace leadership retreat set for April 5-7

    The BLI 2024 theme for the Social Transformation Fellows and the Detroit Retreat is Utilizing Technology for Social Good. The retreat runs April 5-7.

  3. Partner Profile: Church of the Messiah Housing Corp. provides affordable housing and fosters economic development

    “The U-M survey also helped CMHC see additional unmet needs of program participants due to inadequate workforce systems, as well as economic or racial inequalities in Detroit.”

    ~ Richard Cannon, executive director of the Church of the Messiah Housing Corp.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Alum Leona Medley sees a greener future and with the Joe Louis Greenway Partnership

      Leona Medley graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a psychology degree and directed strategic community partnerships at Bedrock Detroit before taking on the Joe Louis Greenway Partnership role.

    4. Business leader Kai Bowman helps Detroit entrepreneurs rise

      Kaiwan “Kai” Bowman loves being in service to his community by connecting people with new opportunities. As the chief operating officer of the Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance, he works to close the racial wealth gap for Black entrepreneurs.

    5. Detroit’s economic picture expected to brighten on multiple fronts over next 5 years, U-M report finds

      Average wages at payroll jobs in Detroit are expected to reach nearly $96,000 by 2028—40% higher than 2019—and average wage and salary income for employed Detroit residents should increase to roughly $50,000—42% higher than 2019. Unfortunately, however, inflation will claw back the significant majority of those gains.

    6. Alum Meagan Dunn takes career in public service to nonprofit serving homeless youth

      I’ve always considered it a blessing that ever since I graduated from U-M, I’ve worked in municipal or nonprofit mission-based work… I really considered it quite an honor to be able to take everything that I’ve done within my career to bring me to this point.”

      ~ Meagan Dunn

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