Monthly Archives: January 2017

U-M Discusses Action-Based Research to Fight Poverty: #UMichChat Recap

Poverty Solutions: U-M Discusses Action Based Research to Fight Poverty

In January 2017, U-M announced new investments in the Poverty Solutions initiative, a series of community/academic research partnerships that aims to test innovative models to ease the effects of poverty.Goals of the investments include developing new strategies to protect and expand affordable housing in Detroit, testing new ways to deliver healthcare services to those living under the poverty line, and developing a “Transportation Security Index” to understand the relationship between transportation insecurity and socioeconomic mobility.

UMSocial and Poverty Solutions brought together a panel of academic leaders and community partners to discuss the new investments. The chat was moderated by Luke Shaefer, director of the Poverty Solutions Initiative and an associate professor at the U-M School of Social Work. Joining Shaefer was U-M President Mark Schlissel, who explained the initiative’s broad vision and the role of the university in developing community-based solutions to ameliorate poverty. The other panelists represented important voices from the initiative’s academic and community partners: Michelle Heiser, professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School and member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation; Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, medical director at the Detroit Health Department; Dave Law, executive director at the Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation; and Trina Shanks, professor at the U-M School of Social Work and Faculty Associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research.


Over the course of the half hour, our panelists discussed a wide variety of topics surrounding poverty solutions, including programs that train community health workers to reach out to families who have difficulty accessing healthcare, bringing health services into the city, creating a summer jobs program for teenagers in low-income areas, and how the university is approaching this initiative from an academic context.

This was a highly anticipated #UMichChat, thanks to cross-departmental promotion from UMSocial, the U-M schools of Public Health and Social Work, Michigan Medicie, and the U-M Institute of Healthcare Policy and Innovation. The chat was also highlighted in the University Record and featured in an article by the Associated Press that was subsequently picked up by various media outlets including Crain’s Detroit Business, CBS Detroit , and The Washington Times. Michigan Creative—U-M’s internal ad agency—and Poverty Solutions collaborated to create a promotional/teaser video. As a result of that marketing campaign, thousands of people from across the country tuned in. The live chat received more than 17,000 video views and 358 reactions and comments. During the half-hour, the video was shared 40+ times, effectively reaching more than 200,000 people by the end of the livestream.

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Additionally, the teaser video reached an estimated audience of 70,000 on Facebook, with 10,000 views of the original post and 48 shares.

After the chat, the Detroit News, MLive, the  Michigan Daily, and dozens of other media outlets continued to circulate the story.  As the Poverty Solutions Initiative continues to leverage both UMSocial and the social media presence of their partners to amplify their message, awareness about this critical initiative will only increase with time.

For more information about Poverty Solutions and it’s its partner programs, visit: (Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation) (Joy Southfield Community Development Corporation)

Http:// (Detroit Urban Research Center)

This post was written by Sarah Barnitt, UMSocial intern and Bachelor of Science in Information Senior. #StaySocial with her on Instagram and Twitter @sarahbarnitt

Top 10 Things Every Wolverine ‘Grammed in 2016

  1. The Diag on the first day of classes

Arguably the MOST photogenic of all collegiate gathering spaces, this classic shot says ‘I take academics and #aesthetics SUPER seriously.’ And who could blame you? It’s exuberant, it’s dynamic, it’s #iconic. Keep on ‘grammin’ that Diag. It never gets old.

  1. Acai Bowl

Pick your poison—Amers, Freds (RIP), homemade, whatever. This #superfood shot just screams ‘I’m trendy AND I take care of myself.’ With good reason: nothing says ‘I’m nourishing my mind and body with wholesome and delicious food’ like a pic of granola and fresh fruit. ‘Gram on!

  1. The Big House

Do we even need to elaborate? No better way to spend a Saturday than cheering on the Wolverines with 107,600 of your closest friends. #GoBlue

  1. The Law Library

#MichiganorHogwarts? Yeah. We have a hard time telling the difference, too. No matter what: the Law Quad is definitely one of the most photogenic study spots on campus.

  1. ‘Wherever you go…’

#GoBlue. If you didn’t take a picture with a Michigan flag at an iconic landmark, did you ever really study abroad?

  1. Beautiful coffee

Ahh, sweet sweet coffee. An absolute essential for thousands of busy U-M students. Coffee is beautiful on it’s own, but it’s even better when it’s a work of art. A masterfully crafted latte, americano, or cappuccino from one of Ann Arbor’s dozens of coffee shops is always a hit on Instagram.

  1. Friendly competition

For many Wolverines, the annual U-M vs. MSU rivalry football game is an opportunity to visit with our friends up at Little Brother College and determine who will get bragging rights for the year. No matter what the final score is, you can be sure that hundreds of photos will be posted to Instagram, all containing maize/blue AND green/white. The Wolverine victory just makes it all that much sweeter.

    1. Jordan Gear

#HAILMichigan. The partnership between NIKE Jordan and Michigan Athletics is the perfect synthesis of legacy and innovation. Plus, this new gameday gear makes for one awesome Insta.

  1. hoMecoming

For those who leave Michigan, but for whom Michigan never leaves. Hundreds of alumni return to campus every year to relive their glory days; and no #hoMecoming is complete without an Insta to commemorate the event.

  1. The first snowfall of the year:


70 degrees on November 18, snow and freezing rain on November 19. Did you expect anything less? Michigan weather may be unpredictable, but true Wolverines secretly wouldn’t have it any other way.