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Majority of Detroiters who got vaccinated in second half of 2021 were previously unsure about COVID-19 vaccines

Nearly one-third of a random sample of Detroit adults who had not received any COVID-19 vaccinations in June 2021 obtained their first dose of a vaccine in the second half of 2021, according to a new survey from the University of Michigan's Detroit Metro Area Communities Study.

Most of these adults who waited to vaccinate (80%) had previously reported they were unsure about getting vaccinated or unlikely to vaccinate, indicating that outreach efforts have achieved some success in Detroit.

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Journal article: Detroit Community Health Workers Have Positive Impact
Emergency care and costs went down, while outpatient care went up, among Detroit residents with low incomes who connected with a Community Health Worker.
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Policy brief: Health Risks Facing Homeless Youth
High school-aged youth experiencing homelessness report higher rates of attempting suicide, being forced to have sex, misusing prescription pain medication, and pregnancy than their housed peers.
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Abandoned Buildings  Internet Hubs
U-M faculty worked with Detroit groups to explore strategies for repurposing vacant buildings in Detroit's Pride Area Community as internet access hubs.
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COVID-19 Reflections: A Series on Race, Health, and Economic Justice

The virtual series kicked off April 1 (click on the image to watch the video), and upcoming events will be May 6 and June 10. The series aims to explore the local and state-level policies responding to the racialized health and economic disparities stemming from the pandemic.
Register today. 

Michigan Poverty & Well-being Map

Poverty Solutions updated its Michigan Poverty & Well-being Map with county and regional data. See the Detroit Metro Region factsheet.

In the News

"For some, tax season seems like 'I want to avoid that.' But this year, there's a lot of great tax credits available for families," said Poverty Solutions Assistant Director of Community Initiatives Afton Branche-Wilson during a COVID313 Community Coalition Townhall on how to claim the expanded Child Tax Credit and other tax credits. 


A drop of 31,000 residents would be “really implausible,” said Jeffrey Morenoff, a University of Michigan sociology professor who helped conduct a study on the potential undercount of Detroit's population in the 2020 Census. Detroit is the largest city to challenge 2020 Census numbers.

Associated Press

“There’s a lot of trauma that is experienced in the course of being homeless and not having a safe and stable place to live. And that places youth who don’t have a safe place to live at risk for their physical and mental well-being," said Poverty Solutions Senior Research Associate Jennifer Erb-Downward, on policy changes that would support transgender youth experiencing homelessness.

Bridge Detroit

"While much attention has been placed on the impact of rising prices on the ability of families to pay for basic necessities, the impact of the expiration of monthly CTC payments is much more clear,” wrote Poverty Solutions Assistant Director of Policy Impact Patrick Cooney in a new policy brief on material hardship at the end of 2021 that he co-authored with Poverty Solutions Faculty Director Luke Shaefer and Samiul Jubaed, data and policy analyst at Poverty Solutions. 

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