Immigrant- and Refugee-Run Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) —managed by and for migrants —are frequently small, informal, financially unstable, and thus often invisible to healthcare, housing and human services providers. Research demonstrates that Migrant-Run (Immigrant + Refugee) CBOs are undercounted and underfunded, generating civic inequalities compared to their counter partners (Gleeson and Bloemraad 2012; Lacroix et al 2015). Yet, Migrant-Run CBOs facilitate the integration of refugee communities in the U.S. society, playing a key role in social and cultural adjustment (Clarke 2014; Piacentini 2012). Our preliminary fieldwork in Kent County, Michigan, indicates that Migrant- Run CBOs also play a fundamental role connecting and facilitating newcomers’ access to health and social services. We identified 21 Migrant-Run CBOs in Kent Country and administered a pre-tested organizational survey to the board members. The in-depth survey consisted of 258 closed-ended questions about the nature and scope of CBOs’ activities. We documented CBOs’ size, budgets, communities served, and CBOs’ links to service providers in the realm of healthcare, housing and transportation, human services, and citizenship and naturalization. Our next step with the support of the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) is to conduct focus groups, interviews, and participant observation, which will allow us to develop what we are characterizing as a migrant model of care. After data collection on how Migrant-Run CBOs provide hands-on assistance to their community members and how they link migrants to healthcare services, we plan to promote meetings between Migrant-Run CBOs leaders and service providers in order to identify and overcome barriers to outreach and services provision. Our team includes Dr. Ana Paula Pimentel Walker, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning (Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning); Dr. Odessa Gonzalez Benson, Assistant Professor, (School of Social Work); Kelly Orringer, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Medical School), and Dr. Mieko Yoshihama, Professor (School of Social Work); Katherine Gold, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) seeks innovative translational research projects that will ultimately have significant potential to improve patient and community health outcomes. The goal of this funding is to support interdisciplinary research teams in generating sufficient preliminary data to pursue future extramural funding and publication opportunities. We welcome research proposed at any stage of translation, including:
- preclinical research that aims to connect the basic science of disease with human medicine
- clinical research to better understand a disease in humans
- clinical implementation, involving the adoption of interventions demonstrated useful in the research environment into routine clinical care, and
- the study of health outcomes at the population level to determine the effects of diseases and efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat them
MICHR will fund up to five Classic Cubes ($60K) and 13 Mini Cubes ($15K).
No unit or faculty contribution is required.
Project Submission Process
Interested faculty members please provide the following information to be considered for funding:
Click the Comments tab above, and post a project idea in the Mcubed website. Please do not exceed two paragraphs in length. Provide basic details about the proposed research.
Comment should also include:
- Three cube collaborators - faculty names and units. The team must include 3 faculty from at least 2 units, and 1 faculty member on each team must be from Medicine.
- Grant amount requested ($15K or $60K)
- Studies proposing cell or animal models should provide reasoning of how the research will lead to immediate next step studies in humans.
Comments will be accepted until May 15, 2019.
Note: Project duration is one year from the transfer of funds.
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