The Detroit URC: fostering health equity through 
community-based participatory research (CBPR)
for more than 20 years

Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health - REACH Detroit


This partnership aims to eliminate the large differences in the health status of racial/ethnic minorities in diabetes, high blood pressure and their respective complications.

Communities Involved
African American and Hispanic residents of eastside and southwest Detroit.

  • Akebu-lan Village
  • Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center, Inc.
  • Friends of Parkside
  • Institute for Population Health
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Southeast Michigan Diabetes Outreach Network
  • Michigan Department of Community Health
  • UM Schools of Public Health, Social Work and Medicine

Current Projects
  • Community Health Worker Diabetes Randomized Controlled Trial for Latinos (2008-2013)  This project aims to demonstrate how a culturally tailored community health worker intervention can be a cost-effective method for assisting Latinos with diabetes to improve their self-management skills and health status.
  • Tailored Diabetes Medication Choice Decision Aid Project (2010-2013) This project aims to develop a tailored web-based diabetes medication decision aid that Family Health Advocates can use to provide personalized information to African American and Latino adults with poor glycemic control.


Past Projects
  • Peer-Led Self-Management Support in "Real-World" Clinical and Community Settings (2009-2012)  In collaboration with the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center, this project is testing: 1) effective approaches to train peers in state-of-the art behavioral methods that assist patients with type 2 diabetes to initiate and sustain effective self-management behaviors and work constructively with health care providers; and 2) peer support programs that can be embedded within clinical and community settings to provide long-term support for adults with diabetes.





The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center
University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M SPH)
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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