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Healthy Environments Partnership (HEP)


The Healthy Environment Partnership (HEP) is a community-based participatory research partnership with a focus on understanding and promoting heart health in Detroit neighborhoods. HEP examines and develop interventions to address aspects of the social and physical environment that contribute to racial and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular disease.

Established in 2000, HEP is a partnership among: Detroit community organizations, including Brightmoor Community Center, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Friends of Parkside, and Rebuilding Communities Incorporated; the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion; Henry Ford Health System; a community-member-at-large; and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

HEP is an affiliated project of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC).

Contact Information

Sharon Sand, MPP

U of M – SPH I
Room 2812
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 615-2695
E-mail: slsand@umich.edu

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Research Program

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Sponsoring Service Unit(s)

Public Health

Sponsoring Department(s)

School of Public Health

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Subject Area(s)

Community Assistance, Health & Health Care, Science & Research