Health in Our Hands Project: A New Genomic Framework for Schools and Communities
The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has funded CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University in collaboration with the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and other partners for this five-year project. The project, called Health in Our Hands, 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, natural selection, and evolution to their lives.
Health in Our Hands helps students,their families, and the broader community to gain a solid understanding of how genomics, the environment and principles of natural selection combine to affect their health.
- Toby Citrin, director of the Center for Public Health and Community Genomics at the UM School of Public Health, executive project manager