Current Programs

Air Quality, Health & Learning in School Buildings – Cheryl Somers, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation of the effects of air quality in K-12 schools on the health and academic performance of schoolchildren.

Email: c.somers@wayne.edu

 
Art Therapy of Detroit – Holly Feen-Calligan, Ph.D.

Description: Art therapy programs aimed at children and adults that facilitate health, creativity, self-expression, and personal growth with a person-centered approach.

Email: hfeen@wayne.edu

 

Brilliant Detroit – Nate McCaughtry, Ph.D., Erin Centeio, Ph.D. and Kristen Kaszeta, M.A.

Description: Seeks to enhance physical activity opportunities, healthy eating practices, and overall well being in Detroit families with children from 0 to 8 years of age.  The project partners with Brilliant Detroit and other community health agencies to provide health programming to Detroit  families within walking distance of their homes.

Email: kristen.kaszeta@wayne.edu

 

BUILD- Erika Bocknek, Ph.D. 

Description: BUILD (Bonding Underscores Infant Learning and Development) implements and evaluates baby bundle resources for pregnant mothers and co-parenting fathers to prepare them for successful parent-child bonding among families.

Email: erika.bocknek@wayne.edu

 
Building Healthy Communities – Nate McCaughtry, Ph.D., Erin Centeio, Ph.D. and Kristen Kaszeta, M.A.

Description: A comprehensive, healthy school transformation program reaching elementary and middle schools across Michigan to improve the physical activity, nutrition, and academic achievement of Michigan children.

Email: kristen.kaszeta@wayne.edu

 
Chicago Public Schools Health Education Initiative – Rachael Dombrowski, Ph.D.

Description: Engages schools to provide health education and essential health services to all students grades PreK-12. Focuses on effective implementation of the project among school staff for district-wide dissemination.

Email: rachael.dombrowski@wayne.edu

 
Community Health Career Pipeline – Noel Kulik, Ph.D.

Description: A coordinated, multi-partner program that connects Detroit youth with nutrition education and food systems exposure, leadership, and employment as a pipeline to university degree and careers successful health sector. 

Email: ab7564@wayne.edu

 
Creating Connections – Erika Bocknek, Ph.D.

Description: Seeks to improve and enhance early parent-child bonding and parent competence as a means to support development in the critical early years. The project follows the Happiest Baby on the Block parenting program and Little Steps early literacy program.

Email: erika.bocknek@wayne.edu

 

Dearborn Shines- Jeanne Barcelona, Ph.D. and Erin Centeio, Ph.D. 

Description: Research and evaluation to support a robust coaltion of more than 200 community residents, businesses, employees, elected and civic leaders engaged in community health promotion for Dearborn residents. 

Email: gm8864@wayne.edu

 

Detroit Healthy Grocer Initiative- Rachael Dombrowski, Ph.D. 

Description: Supporting 75 grocers to improve relationships between stores and residents by increasing sales and consumption of healthy foods among low-income Detroiters to drive community health and strenghten economic vitality. 

Email: rachael.dombrowski@wayne.edu

 
Detroit Healthy Youth Initiative – Mariane Fahlman, Ph.D.

Description: Nutrition education and food education systems and programs throughout Detroit high schools to increase healthy eating and healthy food access.

Email: aa1673@wayne.edu

 
Drew Farm Detroit - Noel Kulik, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation to support Detroit Schools Community District Office of School Nutrition Drew Farms Sixth High Tunnel for gardening, nutrition and science education for children, parents, teachers and community members. Programs at Henry Ford Health System that assist overweight youth with healthy living strategies and healthy weight management.

Email: ab7564@wayne.edu

 

Double Up Food Bucks – Rachael Dombrowski, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation to support and streamline fruit and vegetable vending programs at nearly 200 Michigan stores and farmer's markets.

Email: rachael.dombrowski@wayne.edu

 

Kids Work It Out @ Wayne State – Erin Centeio, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation to support the yoga, nutrition, and social development formula of Work it Out with children and families throughout Detroit and its metropolitan communities.

Email: erin.centeio@wayne.edu

 
Let's Get Healthy - Noel Kulik, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation to support programs at Henry Ford Health System that assist overweight youth with healthy living strategies and healthy weight management.

Email: ab7564@wayne.edu

 

LightUp Shine Now at Wayne State- Leah Ketcheson, Ph.D. and Erin Centeio, Ph.D. 

Description: Improving the quality of life, health, and water safety of children with disabilities through family- based sport and aquatic programs. 

Email: gf9458@wayne.edu

 

Michigan Swimming- Laurel Whalen and Erin Centeio, Ph.D.

Description: Designed to promote water safety, identify obstacles to swimming participation, and increase swimming opportunities for diverse urban youth in Southeast Michigan.

Email: aq0220@wayne.edu

 

Mi Plato Mi Vida- Rachael Dombrowski, Ph.D. 

Description: Evaluation of healthy corner stores throughout Detroit in collaboration with Authority Health/ Wayne County Health Authority to improve healthy food access and nutrition among low-income residents. 

Email: rachael.dombrowski@wayne.edu

 

Recovery Communities – Francesca Pernice-Duca, Ph.D.

Description: Research and evaluation to support clubhouse recovery communities for people living with persistent and chronic mental illness and their families.

Email: Perniceduca@wayne.edu

 
Starting Small – Noel Kulik, Ph.D.

Description: Programs and evaluation to enhance healthy eating and physical activity opportunities, policies, and practices in early care and education centers and homes throughout Detroit. 

Email: ab7564@wayne.edu

 
Volunteers, Administrators & Coaches Training Program – Ron Simpkins, Research Associate

Description: An array of programs for Detroit-based youth, families, and sport and recreation professionals focused on physical activity, healthy eating, personal and social development, technology, sport leadership, and career development.

Email: ae1590@wayne.edu

 
Youth and Seniors to the Markets – Nate McCaughtry, Ph.D.

Description: Programs that provide nutrition education to high school youth and seniors in Detroit, while connecting them with neighborhood farmer's markets and food access initiatives.

Email: aj4391@wayne.edu

150 years in the heart of Detroit