WELCOME TO THE

Detroit Neighborhood Health Study

About Our Study

The Detroit Neighborhood Health Study (DNHS), conducted by the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, is a 5-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

New epidemiologic data suggests that where we live can influence our health. This evidence suggests that the quality of the neighborhood environment, including for example the quality of local buildings, streets, and the extent to which neighbors talk to one another, contributes to the development of disease processes and to the health of residents of cities. However, there are very few studies that have been conducted that aim to carefully study the links between the quality of neighborhoods citywide and the health of local residents in general, and even fewer that have focused on the mental health and well-being of local residents in particular.

This project aims to study all of the neighborhoods in Detroit in two ways. First, we will randomly select a group of about 1,500 residents of Detroit. All participants who are selected at random will be contacted by mail and asked to participate. Those who agree to participate will take part in a survey and provide a small blood sample and will be followed every year for at least the next three years.

Second, we will be systematically assessing the neighborhood environment using standardized instruments each year for the next several years. At the end of the project we hope to be able to identify both the linkages between specific features of the neighborhood environment and mental health and well-being of Detroit residents, and also to identify specific biologic mechanisms that explain why we are seeing these associations. See our ‘Neighborhood Assessments’ page for more information regarding this portion of the study.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Phase 5 Upcoming!

Phase 5 survey collection will begin in late September 2013 and the specimen collection will begin in early October 2013. If you are a participant and have questions about the survey, please call AbtSRBI toll-free at 888-812-9285. For questions about the specimen collection please call 734-764-2372.

Phase 4 Concluded

Phase 4 survey collection began on September 2011 and the specimen collection began on October 2011. Collection concluded in March of 2012. Thank you to all of the Detroit residents who participated as well as the research team for making year 4 a success!

Phase 4 Underway

Phase 4 survey collection began on September 2011 and the specimen collection began on October 2011. Both collections will continue through spring 2012. If you are a participant and have questions about the survey, please call AbtSRBI toll-free at 888-812-9285. For questions about the specimen collection please call 734-647-8438. If you have not received your check by 6 weeks from the day your specimens were collected, please call 1-646-486-8411.

2011 Symposium: “Health in the City”

The 2011 DNHS Symposium took place on Thursday, April 21 from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the UM Detroit Center at Orchestra Place.  This year we were pleased to have speakers from Henry Ford Health System, Wayne State University, and University of Michigan School of Public Health join us for presentations and discussion on the health of Detroit residents.  Selected presentations from the symposium are available below.

AielloAE -DNHS Symposium

FlackJM-DNHS Symposium

VolzE-DNHS Symposium

We’re Making News!

We are pleased to announce that we, along with our research partners at Wayne State University, Harvard University, Columbia University and University of Tubingen in Germany, are making news with a paper that was just published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Sandro Galea was interviewed recently on National Public Radio about the paper, Epigenetic and immune function profiles associated with posttraumatic stress disorder. Lead author Dr. Monica Uddin participated in several interviews including a podcast for the University of Michigan News Service.

Phase 3

Phase 3 survey collection began on September 21, 2010 and the specimen collection began on October 20, 2010. Both collections will continue through spring 2011. If you are a participant and have questions about the survey, please call AbtSRBI toll-free at 888-812-9285. For questions about the specimen collection please call 734-647-8438. If you have not received your check by 6 weeks from the day your specimens were collected, please call 1-646-486-8411.

Second Annual Symposium

The Second Annual DNHS Symposium will be held in Spring 2011. Watch this space for details.

Click on the links below to view the four slide presentations from our first annual DNHS mini-Symposium, “Health in the City”, held Thursday, December 3, 2009.

Health in the city: Findings from DNHS (pdf)
Assessing Ecological Stress, Resiliency and Self-rated Health in Detroiters (pdf)
Community Action Against Asthma (pdf)
Health in the City Symposium (pdf)