Center for Health and Community Impact

Originally known as the Center for School Health and founded in 2010 after a decade of leading community health programs and conducting best practice and impact research, the Center was re-launched in 2016 as the Center for Health and Community Impact to better convey the scope and evolution of our work. Together, we are educators, clinicians, practitioners, evaluators, researchers and community leaders at Wayne State University, who are committed to advancing health and social equity at local, regional and national levels.


To improve community health and vitality through leadership and advancement of research, programs and policies for healthy living.


  • With community partners, we develop and lead culturally relevant, evidence-based and sustainable programs that transform the healthy living opportunities for families, neighborhoods and organizations.
  • We conduct nationally recognized research, evaluation and advocacy of community health programs to identify best practices, health impact, and environmental improvement.
  • Collectively, our work promotes a holistic approach to health and social equity across the lifespan.


  • Our programs have directly impacted more than 150,000 youth and families and 500 educators and health practitioners across 350 community organizations.
  • $7.8 million in external funding to support health promotion programs and research.
  • By the numbers:
    • 234 research publications¬†
    • 289 national research presentations¬†
    • 28 research and community engagement awards
    • 17 keynote addresses