The public is invited to attend the Youth Diabetes Health Summit where 6th graders from Flint Community Schools and Clio Schools will report the findings from Community Action Projects to answer the question, “How can we work together to make our community healthier?”.
The students have been studying Type 2 diabetes in science class as part of a new curriculum called, “Health in Our Hands: What Controls My Health?”. They discovered how genetic risk factors and environmental factors such as poor diet or lack of exercise, put them at risk for disease. For their final project, students conducted an action research project to improve their school or neighborhood to help prevent or reduce diabetes.
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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, University of Michigan-Flint Discovering Place, and University of Michigan School of Public Health