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    Inaugural Curtis Center Signature Program Awardees Announced

    In February, the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Center for Health Equity Research and Training announced the three inaugural awardees of the Curtis Center Signature Programs Initiative (SPI). SPI is a launch program for Michigan Social Work faculty to develop new or further existing health equity research programs.

    African American Chronic Care Equity through Self-management Program

    Led by Assistant Professor Jamie Mitchell and Assistant Professor Jaclynn Hawkins, this program will address the development of behavioral and health services interventions that improve African American’s self-management of chronic diseases. The program will culminate in a symposium focusing on academic-community partnerships to reduce chronic disease self-management disparities.

    Developing Collaborative Research to Address Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women in Michigan

    Led by Assistant Professor Katie Schultz, this program will establish a research partnership between Michigan Social Work faculty and a statewide tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition. The program will identify research priorities and support the development of new community-led research to reduce violence and promote health equity in Michigan’s tribal communities.

    A Psycho-Oncology Fellowship to Support Pre-Doctoral Health Disparity Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Sex and Gender Needs During Cancer

    Led by Assistant Professor Anao Zhang, this program will create a fellowship at the emergent Michigan Medicine Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Research Group (MAYA). This fellowship will address the unique developmental issues that result in significantly worse health outcomes among adolescents and young adults than their pediatric or adult counterparts, both during treatment and throughout survivorship. The detrimental effects of cancer and treatment among this age group on infertility and sexual dysfunction significantly impact their psychosocial well-being.

    The Signature Program Initiative award includes $10,000 in program funds and research consultation from the Curtis Center. In addition to the three programs above, YBMen Project is also a Curtis Center Signature Program but does not receive financial support from the Curtis Center.

    • March 23, 2020
  2. Daphne C. Watkins
    Daphne Watkins Research Featured in U-M Record

    Associate Professor Daphne Watkins' research on black men is featured in U-M Record.  Watkins researches how men and boys define themselves as men and boys, and how that influences their mental health.

  3. Daphne C. Watkins
    Daphne Watkins Appointed New Curtis Center Director

    Daphne C. Watkins, associate professor of social work and faculty associate at the Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research was appointed the Director of the Curtis Center effective January 2019.  As director, Watkins will bring substance and leadership to advance the Curtis Center’s mission to produce knowledge that will reduce health disparities in the United States and around the world.

    Watkins joined the School in 2009 and brings an accomplished record of research and leadership to this important role. Her research focuses on mental health, masculinities, and social support among  Black men uses a mixed method approach and integrates information technology. She founded the award-winning YBMen Project, which uses social media to provide health education and social support for young Black men.  

    Watkins has a demonstrated record of leadership. She has served as President of the American Men's Studies Association (2013-2017), Director of the Joint PhD Program at Michigan Social Work (2017-2018), Founding Director of the Gender and Health Research Lab (GendHR Lab) and Founding Director of the Certificate Program in Mixed Methods Research. Watkins is currently a member of the Movember Foundation Global Men’s Health Advisory Committee and the editorial board for the International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health. In 2018, she was recognized as an outstanding alumna at Texas A&M University.

    The Curtis Center is named in honor and recognition of the generous support of Dr. James L. Curtis and his wife Vivian A. Curtis. James Curtis, MD ’46, and Vivian Curtis, MSW ’48 shared a lifetime of collaboration blending medicine and social work, and they provide ongoing inspiration to make positive change possible.

    • December 21, 2018
  4. Joseph A. Himle
    Tina Jiwatram-Negron (Curtis Center postdoctoral fellow) and Joe Himle Receive Grant from U-M SSW for NYC-Based Study

    Tina Jiwatram-Negron (Curtis Center postdoctoral fellow) and Associate Dean for Research and Professor Joe Himle received a grant from the U-M SSW via the Curtis Research and Training Center for their New York City-based study which will develop and test an integrated, brief screening for a previously identified syndemic of intimate partner violence, HIV/STIs, substance use, and depression/self-harm among Hispanic/Latino women in the U.S.

    • October 2, 2017
  5. Joseph A. Himle
    Brittany Schuler (Curtis Center postdoctoral fellow) Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award

    Brittany Schuler (postdoctoral fellow) and Associate Dean for Research and Professor Joe Himle received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their study which contributes to a Culture of Health by enhancing our understanding of healthy-eating habits and healthy weight among children within low-resourced communities in the U.S.

  6. Shanna Katz Kattari
    Shanna Kattari Published in Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

    Postdoctoral Fellow & LEO Adjunct Lecturer Shanna Kattari's article, "Applying a social model of disability across the life span" was published in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

    Brittany Schuler (Postdoctoral Fellow) Published in Childhood Obesity

    Brittany Schuler's (postdoctoral fellow) article, "Child Development and the Community Environment: Understanding Overweight across the Income Gradient" was published in Childhood Obesity.

    Tina Jiwatram-Negrón (Curtis Center postdoctoral fellow) Published in BMC Women's Health & Drug and Alcohol Review

    • April 3, 2017
  9. Joseph A. Himle
    Joe Himle and Ebony Reddock Receive Grant from Skillman Foundation to Evaluate 482Forward

    Associate Dean for Research and Professor Joe Himle and Curtis Center Manager Ebony Reddock received a grant from the Skillman Foundation to evaluate the skillset of the 482Forward membership, a citywide education organizing network in Detroit,by conducting a survey with a select group of members.

    • February 21, 2017
    Laura Sundstrom and Megan Elyse Williams Write for the American Evaluation Association Blog

    Laura Sundstrom and Megan Elyse Williams, Evaluation Associates with the Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group, were invited to write a post for the American Evaluation Association blog, AEA365.  Their post highlighted the tool they developed for the Program Evaluation Group, the Tiers of Skill Development.  The Tiers of Skill Development intentionally guide students through developing their evaluation skills.  You can read their blog post here.

    • January 6, 2016

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