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Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC)


The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC) is a collaborative partnership involving the University of Michigan Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Social Work, the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, eight community-based organizations (Community Health and Social Services Center CHASS, Communities In Schools, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Friends of Parkside, Latino Family Services, Neighborhood Service Organization, Warren/Conner Development Coalition), and Henry Ford Health System.

The Center was established in 1995 through a Cooperative Agreement with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through their Urban Research Centers Initiative. The overall goal of the URC is to promote and support interdisciplinary, collaborative, community-based participatory research that both improves the health and quality of life of families and communities on the east, southwest and northwest sides of Detroit, and contributes to the understanding of the relationship between social determinants, protective factors, intermediate outcomes, and long-term health outcomes specific to urban environments.

The URC has established three broad priority areas for CBPR projects including: Understanding and addressing the Social Determinants of Health; Understanding and addressing the Socio-Economic, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care; and the Built Environment and how it affects health.

Contact Information

Robert McGranghan

Project Manager
School of Public Health HB/HE
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

Phone: (734) 764-5171
E-mail: rojomcg@umich.edu

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Health Behavior and Health Education

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Health & Health Care