On Thursday, April 27, 2017, nearly 100 sixth graders from seven Flint Community Schools reported findings from their community action research projects at Southwestern Classical Academy in Flint. The students have been participating in the Health in Our Hands project developed by CREATE for STEM Institute staff and partners. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health through their Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA).
In Health in Our Hands, students study Type 2 diabetes in science class as part of a new curriculum called, “Health in Our Hands: What Controls My Health?” Through their studies, students discover how genetic risk factors and environmental factors, such as poor diet or lack of exercise, put them at risk for disease. For their final projects, students conducted an action research project to improve their school or neighborhood to help prevent or reduce diabetes. Students work collaboratively to answer the question, “How can we work together to make our community healthier?”
“Health in Our Hands: What Controls My Health” is a research project led by the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University in partnership with Flint Community Schools, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Community-based Organization Partners of Flint, the Sloan Museum, the Flint Public Library, Concord Consortium in Massachusetts and multiple partners in Detroit.