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DNHS in the Detroit Community

We continue to make results from this study available to all residents of Detroit as quickly as possible. We are going to do so in several ways. First, we have a Community Board of local residents advising us on the project and who are kept abreast of all findings as they emerge. Second, we issued a study newsletter for updating study progress and providing summaries of early results. Third, we organized a series of yearly symposiums in Detroit, beginning in 2009, both to present data from the study and also to bring to Detroit experts about the urban environment, how it affects health, and what we can do about it. Fourth, our community outreach consisted of informing churches, community centers, police districts and the media of our presence.

Community Board Members:

Jerilyn Church is Executive Director of American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeastern Michigan, Inc. (AIHFS). She currently serves as a member of the University of Michigan, School of Social Work Alumni Board of Governors and on the Advisory Committee for the State Commission on Community Action & Economic Opportunity.

Dr. Theodore B. Jones is Chief of Obstetrics, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division of Wayne State University School of Medicine, and is an investigator for the NICHD International Pediatric and Perinatal HIV Studies Network.

Dr. Phyllis Meadows is a Clinical Professor of Health Management & Policy and Associate Director of Public Health Practice at the University of Michigan. She currently serves on the Detroit Primary Care Network, Hope Academy and Eureka Foundation boards and has served as a state and national advisor on maternal and child health issues.

Gregory Parrish is a Data & Technical Manager at Detroit-Area Community Information System ( Gregory has extensive health & public policy experience working with dual diagnosis, greenways planning, and infrastructure & development projects. Gregory does data analysis & relationship building with data holding entities. Gregory has a BA from the University of Michigan, MPA & ABD from Wayne State University.

Felix Sirls is a counselor with the HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing Department under the Early Intervention and Prevention Programs at the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion. He serves on several boards associated with the AIDS community including, MHAC, SEMHAC, the PWC, Michigan PWA TASK FORCE, Project Hope, Michigan Rehabilitation Council, and Community Health Outreach Workers. He is currently Consultant to Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC).

Dr. Calvin Trent is Director of the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion. He serves as co-Chair of the Partnership for a Drug Free Detroit and on many other citywide committees. His work emphasizes the intersection between substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Denise Wellons-Glover, an employee of the Child Care Coordinating Council of Detroit/Wayne County, Inc. (4C), is employed as Project Director at The Family Place, an early childhood development collaborative center and serves as Secretary on the Wayne County Community College District Board of Trustees.