U-M students compete to find innovative solutions to public health challenges

Efforts to get healthier food choices for Detroit residents have proven somewhat successful in recent years with the opening of grocery stores and small markets, but one major obstacle still stands in the way of families getting access to fresh, nutritious food.

“We listened to a lot of people and kept hearing that transportation is a big issue,” said Christine Priori, a student at the U-M’s School of Public Health and Ross School of Business.

Priori is a member of a team that came up with a solution as part of the second annual Innovation in Action, a School of Public Health student competition. Their project already has been piloted in some areas of Detroit.

The Fresh Fare group is one of 13 multidisciplinary student teams that have found high-, low- and no-tech solutions for health problems related to diabetes, improper nutrition, mental illness, dental care access, continuity of care and more.

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