Methodology Core

Core Activities

Needs & Assets Assessment

Key Personnel: Rick Sadler, Ella Greene-Moton

Core members are working together to take stock of assets in the community which engender healthy behaviors and positive mental, behavioral, and physical health outcomes. We are also working to identify gaps in service provision and other needs to frame the work that our other cores will perform.

A big part of this includes consulting previously completed work to prevent duplication of efforts. As we compile this information, we will remain in discussion with the community to determine these existing resources, and to determine whether additional data needs to be collected to understand specific community needs.

Establishing Consistent Definitions & Methodologies

Key Personnel: David Todem, Zac Buchalski

Because we need to ensure that our measurements are replicable and rigorous, our team is working with other core directors to ensure our data definitions and methodologies are consistent across cores.

Geospatial Analyses

Key Personnel: Alan Harris

A key aspect of our needs and assets assessment includes mapping of accessibility to health promoting resources, as well as exposure to health degrading features in the built environment. This work gives us a sub-neighborhood view of how the physical environment of our communities influences opportunities for healthy behaviors.

Economic Analysis

Key Personnel: Cris Meghea

We want to know what economic benefit our work has on the community and in general.  We are keeping track of our costs and comparing them to metrics related to improved health and well-being, as well as how our resources are used by other community groups and researchers.

Establishing a Comprehensive Public Health Data Resource

Key Personnel: Mieka Smart, Julia Felton

The Flint Area Study (FASt) is our effort to provide comprehensive longitudinal epigenetic data with a diverse cohort. It will provide a critical resource needed for research around ensuring equitable public health solutions and monitoring the long-term consequences of multiple environmental exposures, including prolonged exposure to toxic levels of lead during the Flint Water Crisis.