The Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions (FCHES) is a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)-funded Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for health disparities research on chronic disease prevention that is specifically focused on Flint with broader implications from the work we do across the state and the nation.

This TCC arises from active collaborations among: core academic faculty from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Public Health Division, the University of Michigan-Flint, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; lead consortium partner the Flint-based Community Based Organization Partners (CBOP); national consortium partners the National Collaborative for Health Equity and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (5th Congressional District) and State Senator Sheldon Neeley (34th District, which incudes the larger Genesee County and Flint); and local partners Genesee County Health Department, Genesee County Land Bank, Flint Odyssey House, Inc., Bridges into the Future, Community Outreach for Families and Youth (COFY) Center, the Greater Flint Health Coalition, and Wellness AIDS Services.

Our use of community-based participatory research approach includes the active participation of our partner organizations in all programmatic aspects of the TCC, at all phases of activity. This approach started with the naming and framing of the Center, continued with the preparation of the application, and will be maintained throughout the active phase of assessment, intervention, implementation, translation and dissemination.


  • Channel the collective energy, expertise, and commitments of local stakeholders to create the infrastructure to support sustainable health equity solutions vis a vis the TCC.
  • Implement health equity solutions to eliminate health disparities among racial minorities, impoverished populations, and the medically underserved in Region 5.


Debra Furr-Holden, PhD.
Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor
MSU College of Human Medicine
Division of Public Health

(Media Contact)
Jill Vondrasek, MBA
Communications Manager
MSU College of Human Medicine
Division of Public Health