​Collaborating for Better Health and Wellness

CMU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health & Wellness actively engages with communities regionally and statewide in partnerships, collaborations and initiatives.

Current Collaborations

Michigan ACEs Initiative

Center leaders provide technical assistance for coalition building, professional development (with six Michigan ACE Master Trainers) and public awareness education to address the significant health impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Center Director, Alison Arnold gives a presentation on trauma-informed care to CMU's Association for the Education of Young Children. These presentations and trainings are among some of the Michigan ACEs’ efforts to foster resilience in children affected by trauma.

Statewide Action Plan

To learn more view our Michigan ACE Initiative Video where CMU Center Director and Michigan ACEs Master Trainer, Alison Arnold, talks about Building Resilience: Healing Communities.

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Michigan Preventing ACEs: Data to Action (MI PACE-D2A)

The MI PACE D2A project is $1.3M three-year cooperative the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to address state-specific needs related to the prevention of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The primary goals of the project are to:

  • Build a state-level surveillance infrastructure that ensures the capacity to collect, analyze, and use ACE data to inform statewide ACE prevention activities as part of a State Action Plan.
  • Support the implementation of data-driven comprehensive, evidence-based ACE primary prevention strategies.

MPHI is the project lead. CMU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health & Wellness is part of a collaborative steering team of statewide partners including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan ACE Initiative, and the Children’s Trust Fund.

Trauma-informed Professional Education (PE) Training Collaborations:

  • Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Head Start Programs (2020-2021).
  • Michigan Community College (2021).
  • Mott Children’s Health Center Annual “Tuuri Day” Education Program (2019, 2020).

Building Resilience to Improve Population Health with MiHIA

The CMU Interdisciplinary Center is a co-lead with the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) for building a regional ACEs Coalition. MiHIA is serving as the backbone organization to connect and synchronizes ACEs prevention efforts across the region with resources, professional development, and consultative support to accelerate and share approaches for preventing and addressing trauma and ACEs and promoting resilience. The initiative facilitates a support structure, provides a regional ACEs Prevention Strategy Map, and engages stakeholders across the region to catalyze positive health outcomes for individual communities. The project is funded by the Michigan Health Endowment.

ACEs Prevention Strategy Map

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Preventing Suicide in Michigan Men (PRiSMM) Initiative

The project is being led by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Over the next five years, the $4.3M funded MDHHS PRiSMM program will work to reduce the number of deaths and attempts among men ages 25 and older by at least 10 percent. The Michigan PRiSMM initiative is one of nine projects in the U.S. to receive grant funding by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over the period from 2014–2018, more than 6,700 Michiganders lost their lives to suicide. Two-thirds of the suicide deaths in Michigan are adult men.

CMU Interdisciplinary Center and the College of Medicine are partners in the PRiSMM grant. CMU is working with MDHHS and state/regional partners to:

  • Create a comprehensive suicide prevention plan for the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) that will align multi-sector partners’ efforts, resources and suicide prevention strategies focused the region’s most vulnerable populations which includes men 25+.
  • Provide technical assistance, training, and facilitate the creation of a state Suicide Prevention Telehealth Training Network and Toolkit to support the deployment and replication of telehealth strategies to support the State’s Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Plan.

Regional partners in the PRiSMM project include the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) and the Barb Smith Suicide Resource Response Network (SRRN). Please contact our Center if you or your organization would like to engage in the PRiSMM project.

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Man Therapy Michigan

Reshapes the conversation about suicide prevention and broader men’s mental health using stories of hope, resilience and recovery, coupled with humor, to cut through stigma and tackle issues like depression, divorce and even suicidal thoughts head on. Provides men approaching crisis, and the people who care about them, a place to go and learn more about men’s mental health, examine their own and consider a wide array of actions that can put them on the path to treatment and recovery.

Training and Resource Connections

Living Works

Suicide can be prevented, and everyone has a role to play. No matter what that role is, our training programs prepare individuals, organizations, and communities to make a difference.

  • ASIST - Two-day training to learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.
  • SafeTALK - Half-day training to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to an intervention provider.
  • START - Online self-directed training