How can we work together to reduce addiction in our community?
The public is invited to attend the Youth Addiction Prevention Health Summit where 7th and 8th graders from Flint Community Schools and Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools will report the findings from Community Action Projects to answer the question, “How does social media affect my well-being?”
Students have been studying the biology of addiction in a new science curriculum called “How can looking for thrills make me miserable?” to understand modern concepts in genetics. The students investigate how the brain’s reward system developed through natural selection and why this system can lead to addictive behavior in modern life.
For their final project, students have been researching an issue in their environment that may affect their health and finding evidence-based solutions to improve the health of their community. At the Health Summit, they communicate their results and recommendations for change to family and community members.
Health in Our Hands, funded by NIH-Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), is a project of MSU-CREATE for STEM Institute in collaboration with UM School of Public Health and other partners. The project is developing and testing new learning materials that blend formal classroom instruction and informal community-based learning to give both students and community members opportunities to apply ideas about gene-environment interactions and natural selection to their lives. The project is supported by the Health in Our Hands-Flint/Genesee Partnership: Community Based Organization Partners of Flint, Flint Community Schools, Genesee County Health Department, Genesee Intermediate School District, Genesys Health System, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Health Alliance Plan, Michigan State University-CREATE for STEM Institute & Extension, Sloan Museum, Flint Public Library, University of Michigan-Flint Discovering Place, and University of Michigan School of Public Health