Welcome to The Healthy Environments Partnership

detroit_skylineThe Healthy Environment Partnership (HEP) is a community-based participatory research partnership with a focus on understanding and promoting heart health in Detroit neighborhoods. We examine and develop interventions to address aspects of the social and physical environment that contribute to racial and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular disease. Established in 2000, we are a partnership among: Detroit community organizations, including Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Eastside Community Network, Friends of Parkside, the Institute for Population Health, Henry Ford Health System, community-members-at-large, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. We are an affiliated project of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC).


Announcing the Detroit! Walk Your Heart to Health Capacity Building Program
Detroit-based organizations interested in promoting health by creating walking groups are eligible to apply to this program to receive capacity building and financial support. Assistance in launching and sustaining a walking group as well as up to $4,000 (+ $800 bonus upon Detroit! Walk Your Heart to Health certification) will be available to support awardees. Applications are due May 1, 2015. Learn more

Detroit! Walk Your Heart to Health: Become Part of the Walking Movement in Detroit!
Detroit! Walk Your Heart to Health supports walking in Detroit. It is available to all Detroiters and is based on careful research in Detroit showing that walking improves heart health. This factsheet provides information on training, resources and opportunites to connect with others interested in walking to improve heart health. Check out our blog, as well as our fact sheet.

FACTSHEET: Detroit! Walk Your Heart to Health Intervention Results
This factsheet provides information about the Walk Your Heart to Health study to increase physical activity and improve heart health in Detroit. Results from the study show that walking groups caused reductions in multiple indicators of cardiovascular risk; and are a viable strategy for reducing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic inequities in cardiovascular mortality.

Over the next five years, leaders from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Detroit community-based organizations will embark on a new initiative to improve air quality in Detroit. Data will be gathered to understand the factors influencing air quality and findings will be used to create an action plan and policy recommendations aimed at reducing the effects of air pollution on residents' health.

Community Approaches to Cardiovascular Health - Dissemination (CATCH-D)
We have been awarded a Community-Based Participatory Research Initiative grant by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. CATCH-D aims to integrate and share results from the Walk Your Heart to Health intervention. Over the next three years, we will work with community-based, faith-based and health services organizations in Detroit to expand the walking group initiative and enhance neighborhood environments to promote heart health. Read more.

The Healthy Environments Partnership
School of Public Health-University of Michigan
109 Observatory Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Detroit: 313-593-0908 Ann Arbor: 734-615-2695  Fax: 734-763-7379