The Worth (and Work) of Networking

The concept of networking can seem obscure or even daunting at first. Jessica Marsack, RN, BSN,  is a PhD student with the University of Michigan School of Nursing and Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities and she explains (with tips) that once you get started, the time you put in to networking leads to valuable... Continue Reading →

MFierce Coalition Presents on Youth Engagement at APHA

On October 30th, 2016, Jimena Loveluck, MSW, represented Michigan Forward for Enhancing Research and Community Equity (MFierce) at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Loveluck is the Vice President of Community Research and Innovation at Unified HIV Health and Beyond and is a Steering Committee Member of the MFierce Coalition. MFierce... Continue Reading →

MFIERCE! THAT’S US.

Amy Peterson | She/Her/Hers Steering Committee member | Detroit, MI Michigan Forward in Enhancing Research and Community Equity (MFierce), is a partnership of community organizations, youth advocates, and public health researchers working together to reduce STIs among young sexual and gender minority youth in Southeast Michigan. MFierce is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Continue Reading →

Developing a Health App

Health and medical apps have experienced a boom in popularity within the last few years. According to a recent study, the proportion of adults in the U.S. who use health and fitness apps on their smartphones has risen 16% from 2013-2015. Last year, an article in Forbes predicted smartphone users would “trust health apps more... Continue Reading →

MFIERCE! THAT’S US.

Gage Gillard | He/Him/His Youth Advisory Board Member | Ypsilanti, MI Michigan Forward in Enhancing Research and Community Equity (MFierce), is a partnership of community organizations, youth advocates, and public health researchers working together to reduce STIs among young sexual and gender minority youth in Southeast Michigan. MFierce is funded by the Centers for Disease Control... Continue Reading →

MFIERCE! THAT’S US.

Jimena Loveluck, MSW | She/Her/Hers Steering Committee Member Vice President of Community Research & Innovation at UNIFIED – HIV Health and Beyond in Ypsilanti, MI Michigan Forward in Enhancing Research and Community Equity (MFierce), is a partnership of community organizations, youth advocates, and public health researchers working together to reduce STIs among young sexual and... Continue Reading →

Full Circle

One of the best things about our experience in South Africa this summer is that we are embedded in the well-oiled machine that is the HSRC (Human Sciences Research Council, if you don’t remember). The Together Tomorrow study is only one of several projects that the HSRC is operating simultaneously. Coordinating multiple multi-million dollar studies... Continue Reading →

Cultural Humility

Nick and I began our time in Africa with a week-long meeting conducted by the scientists behind the Together Tomorrow study (Drs. Rob Stephenson, Lynae Darbes, Tim Lane, and Heidi van Rooyen) that involved community partners from both South Africa and Namibia. This allowed for a large overview of this study of male-male couples in... Continue Reading →

Moving Parts

Hi everyone- welcome to the blog reboot! For those of you who read our first couple of entries, we want to take a step back and explain a little more about the study and what it’s like before jumping into our experiences.  🙂 So the reason we get to spend two months in South Africa... Continue Reading →

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