HEP has a long history of using a community-based participatory research approach to work with Detroit communities to bring scientific evidence to bear in decisions that affect air quality in the city.
In one one of our earliest projects, we drew upon data collected by the Michigan Center for the Environment and Children's Health (U.S.EPA #R826710-01, NIEHS #P01-ES09589-01 and #R01-ES10688-03) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to assess air quality in three areas of Detroit (eastside, northwest and southwest) over a three-year period. Results from analysis of air quality and high blood pressure may be seen in reports available on our research publications page (as listed on the bottom of this page).
Currently, HEP is a partner in Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments (CAPHE). Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (RO1ES022616) and the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation (with additional support from the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease), this five year initiative uses a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach in which partners are involved in all phases of the work. Specifically community partners involved with CAPHE identified air pollution and its effects on health as the central research problem, are actively involved with designing and implementing the study and interpreting and disseminating the results, and are involved in decisions about how the research findings are applied to the development and implementation of a public health action plan to reduce air pollution in Detroit.
Please visit the Publications page to learn more about HEP’s research on this important issue. Relevant studies include: Hicken et. al. 2014; Schulz et. al. 2014; Kannan et. al 2010; Dvonch et. al. 2009.
- CAPHE: A New Initiative to Improve Air Quality in Detroit (News Archive)
- Public Health Action Plan (Watch for Updates in Early Spring 2017)