Infancy and Early Childhood Translational Network
This is a new initiative, led by Dr. Miller in Public Health and by Dr. Katherine Rosenblum and Dr. Maria Muzik in Psychiatry, that seeks bring together individuals from units across the University of Michigan (Public Health, Psychiatry, Nursing, Social Work, Education, Public Policy, Law School, Pediatrics) who are conducting translational research and/or practice focused on pregnancy, infancy, and/or early childhood. This is a collaborative project with the goal of focusing efforts of both university and community stakeholders to connect systems of care and enhance positive health outcomes and promote well-being for young children in the State of Michigan who are facing early life stress and adversity (e.g., growing up in poverty; facing trauma).
Children’s Environmental Health: Community Outreach
Dr. Miller is the Director of the Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the University of Michigan. The goal of the COTC is to connect with community organizations that focus on children and environmental health and to promote projects that translate environmental health science findings from research to application. Much of this work is based in Grand Rapids. Projects have included an asthma mapping project that used data from Head Start to indicate regions of the city of Grand Rapids and Kent County, Michigan with high numbers of preschool-aged children with asthma.
This project was in collaboration with the Asthma Network of West Michigan, the Kent County Head Start Program, Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department, and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. The COTC has also helped to develop an environmental health asset map for Kent County for community organizations focused on children and environmental health.
Current projects are focused on child lead exposure in housing and other contexts, and understanding how parents obtain information about environmental safety regarding housing. Specifically, the COTC is working with Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan to develop curriculum to train community advocates on educating families about lead exposure. This work is being funded by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR).