MSUToday
Published: April 26, 2016

HFRCC Core Leadership Team

The Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center has a core leadership team of two representatives from each of the three university campuses and CBOP:

  • CBOP: Kent Key, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant executive director for the CBOP and a health disparities researcher and community activist, and E. Yvonne Lewis, a founding member of the CBOP, who has more than 20 years of experience working with institutional and community partners in Flint.

  • MSU: Debra Furr-Holden, Ph.D., C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health based in Flint, epidemiologist and professor in the MSU Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Human Medicine, and Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D., C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health based in Flint, clinical psychologist, and associate professor in the MSU Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine. Drs. Furr-Holden and Johnson have extensive NIH funding histories, bringing more than $10 million in NIH funding to Flint in their first year here.

  • U-M Ann Arbor: Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., professor of emergency medicine at the U-M Medical School and professor of health behavior and health education at the U-M School of Public Health, and Marc Zimmerman, Ph.D., professor of health behavior and health education at the U-M School of Public Health. Each brings to the HFRCC 20 years of experience working in the Flint community. Dr. Cunningham leads multiple Flint-based CDC and NIH grants to assess the mental health needs of the community, often in partnership with Hurley Medical Center, and Dr. Zimmerman directs the Prevention Research Center of Michigan and the CDC-funded Youth Violence Prevention Center, both based in Flint.

  • U-M Flint: Suzanne Selig, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W., professor and director of the U-M Flint Public Health and Health Sciences Program, has worked in the Flint community for more than 30 years, and Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, Ph.D., assistant professor and research program manager in the U-M Flint Public Health and Health Sciences Program, brings expertise in social epidemiology and biostatistics.

The HFRCC core leadership team includes (pictured left to right) Suzanne Selig, U-M Flint; Marc Zimmerman, U-M Ann Arbor; E. Yvonne Lewis, CBOP; Debra Furr-Holden, Michigan State University; Jennifer Johnson, Michigan State University; Kent Key, CBOP; Rebecca Cunningham, U-M Ann Arbor; Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, U-M Flint.

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