I.M. Stepping Up

The National Institute of Mental Health awarded Jennifer Johnson and her colleague a $3.2 million, five-year grant to study the national Stepping Up Initiative. The primary aim is of the I.M. Stepping Up study is to improve treatment for individuals with mental illnesses and keep them out of jail. About two-thirds of individuals in jails have mental health problems yet most jails are ill-equipped to deal with complex issues.

Dr. Rodlescia Sneed

Rodlescia Sneed is one of five researchers funded with a $250,000 grant through Policies for Action, a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She will be undertaking a two-year study to evaluate the potential impact of Medicaid work requirements on older recipients.


African Americans are overrepresented among reported coronavirus cases and deaths. A multitude of factors may explain the disparity in COVID-19 outcomes, including higher rates of comorbidities and implicit bias. To address this, we must apply a health equity lens and disaggregate the data.

Bishop Jones with colorectal cancer awareness ribbon

March is Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month. Colorectal Cancer is often preventable and treatable, and screening can save lives. Yet, screening is underutilized, particularly among African Americans, who continue to bear an unjust Colorectal Cancer burden.

State of Flint Kids

To share data around the well being of Flint Kids, the MSU-Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative and the Greater Flint Health Coalition will be hosting the first State of Flint Kids event on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 8 am – 10 am.

Dr. Julia Felton

For people with psychiatric disorders, alcohol use and major depression are quite common. A new study may have uncovered key predictors for the combination of these disorders, information to aid in prevention and treatment.

Opioid abuse

The U.S. opioid epidemic is pronounced in low-income areas and where people lack health care services, which includes cities in Michigan and across the Rust Belt. Public health researchers set out to determine if opioid overdose deaths occur in patterns in Flint

Maji Debena

Most seriously mentally ill inmates face daunting barriers to getting the medical and mental health care they need after they are released, which can lead to relapses, suicide attempts, and further arrests. Maji Debena believes peer navigators can help.

Flint Kids Cooking Class

PBS News Hour reports on a number of programs that are working to encourage good nutrition for the children of Flint, Michigan. Triggered by high levels of lead in the drinking water and a public health crisis, how is Michigan State University making a difference?

Rodlescia Sneed

Rodlescia Sneed is making a two-year commitment to engage in National Institutes of Health health disparities research in exchange for loan repayment for her graduate education. In her public health work, Sneed assesses how stress and social relationships impact health.    

Amy Saxe-Custack

Amy Saxe-Custack is dedicated to the evaluation and expansion of nutrition programs that target children and families living in Flint, with a focus on improving access to fresh foods. Much of her work examines the impact of a fruit and vegetable prescription program for pediatric patients. 

Woody Neighbors

Attention black men, don't miss out on getting mental health help. Woody Neighbors asks African American men to talk to someone about what’s really goin’ on. “If you feel something, say something.” Try not to catch Tough Guy Syndrome. Be healthy not tough.