U-M, MSU, Flint partners to help students explore risk factors for diabetes

The University of Michigan joined Michigan State University and others to help young people and their families understand what factors put them at risk for disease, by expanding a program in the Flint Community Schools and surrounding community.

Researchers, including Toby Citrin, director of the Center for Public Health and Community Genomics at the School of Public Health, plan to introduce a science curriculum focused on type 2 diabetes for all sixth-grade students in the Flint Community Schools this year.

“This project blends formal education in the classroom with informal education in the community,” Citrin said. “Community-based organizations and institutions strengthen the classroom learning and enhance community literacy in genomics and disease.”

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