Wayne State University

Center for Health & Community Impact

Who We Are

The Center for School Health was founded in 2010 after a decade leading community health programs and conducting best practice and impact research. In 2016, the Center was re-launched as the Center for Health and Community Impact to better convey the scope and evolution of our work. Together, we are educators, clinicians, practitioners, evaluators, researchers, and community leaders at Wayne State University who are committed to advancing health and social equity at local, regional, and national levels.

Our Mission

To improve community health and vitality through leadership and advancement of research, programs, and policies for healthy living.

Our Priorities

  • Alongside community partners, we develop and lead culturally relevant, evidence-based, and sustainable programs that transform the healthy living opportunities for families, neighborhoods, and organizations.
  • We conduct nationally-recognized research, evaluation, and advocacy of community health programs to identify best practices, health impact, and environmental improvement.
  • Collectively, our work promotes a holistic approach to health and social equity across the lifespan.

Our Accomplishments

  • Our programs have directly impacted more than 150,000 youth and families and 500 educators and health practitioners across 350 community organizations.
  • $7.8 million in external funding to support health promotion programs and research.
  • 234 Research Publications, 289 National Research Presentations, 28 Research and Community Engagement Awards, 17 Keynote Addresses.