About Us


CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University in collaboration with the Health in Our Hands-Flint/Genesee Partnership is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health to develop a new generation of learning materials.


Health in Our Hands (HiOH) connects the science classroom to the community to give youth and adults an understanding of modern concepts in genetics. Designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards, HiOH curriculum uses Community-Inspired Project-Based Learning.


Partners from school districts, health-related organizations, and community-based organizations have been involved in every phase of the project including curriculum design, classroom activities, community action projects, health summit planning, analysis and dissemination of results.
Health Summit

Health Summit

Every unit of Health in Our Hands culminates in a Health Summit which provides a platform for students to share the results of their community action research projects and suggestions with the wider community. The HiOH-Flint/Genesee Partners, teachers, and project staff organize these district-wide or cross-district events.
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Recent News

In October, Health in Our Hands (HiOH) was presented as part of an oral session at the American Public Health Association Virtual Annual Meeting.

In October, we paid tribute to Toby Citrin, our public health colleague and partner in Health in Our Hands, at the American Public Health Association Virtual Annual Meeting.

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more and more classrooms are moving partially or completely online.


We’re talkin’ about some brand-new researchers on the horizon here. They actually cause their families and loved ones to start changing their lifestyles in order to prevent Type II diabetes. So we are so proud of them!
Community Member, Final Presentation, 2017
The students that I interviewed were enthusiastic about taking charge of their health… The students were able to record what they ate for 4 days and to categorize their foods as whole and processed and calculated a percentage of each. They were able to clearly explain this to me and remembered what percent they ate. They were also able to define what is a whole and what is a processed food and to understand that eating more whole foods will improve their health. I asked the students if they knew what a whole or processed food was before the project and they said “a little” but that before they would just eat without thinking about it.
Academic Partner
At first I thought it was just about a regular old lady getting sick, it used to be just old people back in the day…but now I know a kid in my class has diabetes and I became more interested… So I know my grandma, my grannie, and my auntie got it and I thought to myself if all these people in my family have diabetes it can’t be me.

So now I started exercising more…like we have a break, I used to play a game until the school started again, but now I go outside, even if it’s snowing. I still eat a little bit, but not like I used to. Every time I get some money I eat junk food, but now I cut it down.
6th Grader
My kids think they are empowered right now because Ms. Ruby [the cafeteria supervisor] opened the door for them to write letters [to be submitted to the district administration] to get change… They are also talking more about their choices…. I feel like more of [my students] are eating their fruit that comes to our classroom in little bags each day.
6th grade Teacher