The Program for Multicultural Health (PMCH), a program of Community Health Services at Michigan Medicine, develops culturally responsive initiatives in partnership with communities that enhance overall health & well-being by increasing knowledge, skills, and health equity.
Why Understanding Culture and Health Matters
Culture is an integrated pattern of human behavior that includes thoughts, languages, communications, practices, beliefs, and values common to a group of people and is always changing. PMCH develops and advocates for culturally responsive programs and services that are respectful and receptive to the needs of diverse populations. Given the vast and alarming health inequities, it is essential to build awareness of the impact culture has on overall health and well-being.
What Guides Our Work
Good health begins in the places where we are born, live, work, play, and learn. Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. Unfortunately, many communities face persistent challenges that limit opportunities to be healthy - no access to healthy foods, parks, healthcare, or transportation. PMCH utilizes multiple frameworks such as community engagement, the social ecological model, and others to address root causes of health inequities.
Community Engagement: the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the wellbeing of those people...it can also be seen as a continuum of community involvement moving from outreach to consulting to collaborative initiatives
Social Ecological Model: health is affected by the interaction between the individual, the group/community, and the physical, social, and political environments... this approach focuses on integrating approaches to change the physical and social environments rather than modifying only individual health behaviors
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Principles of community engagement, 2011
- Alfreda Rooks, MPA, Director
- Trudy Hall, MPH, Senior Health Promotion Specialist
- Angela Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Outreach Specialist
- Janilla Lee, Ph.D., Asian Program Coordinator
- Gabriel Farr, BS, Program Coordinator
- Haniyeh Zamani, Intern
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