Michele Allen and colleagues' awarded a NIMHD grant

Michele Allen, MD, MS, Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) and colleagues' Luis Ortega, Co-Principal Investigator, West Side Community Health Services, Amy Shanafelt (FMCH) and Shannon Pergament (Westside Community Health Services) study "Participatory Trial of a Health Promoting School Approach to Positive Youth Development and Wellness Promotion" was recently awarded a total cost grant of $2,415,216 with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). 

Co-Investigators

Dr. Kola Okuyemi, Family Medicine and Community Health; Dr. David Vock, School of Public Health Biostatistics Division; Dr. Martha Bigelow, College of Education and Human Development Curriculum Division; Mikow Hang, Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health and Dr. Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies, Macalester College

Study Overview

The goal of this study is to use a community based participatory research approach to implement and evaluate a multi-component school-based intervention to enhance emotional well-being and academic achievement, and prevent tobacco and other substance use through the promotion of student-school connectedness for all students, but Latino, Hmong, Somali and other African heritage 9th grade youth in particular.  We will build on a NIMHD-funded pilot that developed and evaluated Project TRUST (Training for Resiliency in Urban Students and Teachers), an intervention to support teachers in improving relationships with, and promoting positive youth development for Somali, Latino, and Hmong 9th grade youth. This project is important as it addresses school connected and engagement as key social determinants of health and addresses important protective factors contributing to youth resiliency.