Urban Health

UrbanHealthCrop.jpgThe Health Research and Evaluation Program engages in interdisciplinary and community-based participatory research and evaluation that impact the health and mental health of the local community. Investigative topics include HIV/AIDS testing, hypertension, and eating for cardiovascular health. The team also conducts formative and summative evaluation of programs that promote parent involvement in educating children with special needs, integrate communicable disease testing in substance abuse treatment facilities, provide non-traditional trauma-informed substance abuse treatment, and mentor physician-scientists in Obstetrics & Gynecology research.

As co-investigators, the team has worked collaboratively with several community organizations as well as with WSU faculty throughout the university (e.g., College of Nursing, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Department of Communication, Cardiovascular Research Institute, and the Departments of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences, Emergency Medicine, and Obstetrics & Gynecology).

Recent projects include developing a social media campaign to encourage high risk youth to test for HIV and using health information technology to educate adults attending a public primary care clinic in healthy eating habits. Currently the team is applying health information technology to promote blood pressure control for persons with uncontrolled hypertension seeking care at a Detroit hospital emergency department.


Julie Gleason-Comstock, Ph.D., MCHES
Program Co-Director, Urban Health
(313) 577-9143

Alicia Streater, Ph.D.
Program Co-Director, Urban Health
(313) 993-7746