2017 Mini grantee awardees included:
Daniel Shumer, Pediatrics: Shumer will further support the newly organized, "Transgender Michigan Research Group," a project that will engage local community members in conversations regarding transgender identity.
Mariam Ayyash, OHEI: Ayyash will develop "The Arab American Health Initiative," a project that will use social media as a platform to educate others about fighting stigma and breaking barriers to health care within the Arab American community.
Jenny Murphy, The Standardized Patient Program at The Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment: Murphy will work on a "photo-voice" project that will aid in the creation of a standardized patient program for the transgender population at the U-M medical school.
Sarah Filer, Alena Williams and Alison Nix, MHealthy: The team obtained speakers and audio-visual equipment for the panel discussion entitled, "Social Justice and Tobacco Control: Impact on Underserved Populations," which was designed to raise awareness regarding the tobacco industry's practice of targeting underserved communities.
Ladele Cochran,The Ypsilanti Health Center: Cochran will supply Maggie's Marketplace - a first-of-its-kind free food pantry (serving Michigan Medicine patients and the Ypsilanti community) - with produce for 18 months.
Gracie Trinidad, Information Assurance: Trinidad will work to create a networking and mentorship program designed around ushering in the next generation of diverse cybersecurity professionals.
Elaine Reed, The Gifts of Art: Reed will work to enhance the art kits provided to patients through the Bedside Art Program through including unique cultural items.
Christin Carthage, Transplant Center: Carthage will spearhead the creation of an all-inclusive welcome sign to promote inclusivity at the transplant clinic through welcoming all patients.
Christina Vallianatos, Human Genetics: Vallianatos will work to create Michigan DNA Day, an event designed around recruiting and retaining underrepresented minorities in sciences.
Fatema Haque, Heather Wagenschutz and Tu'Rone Elliott, U-M Medical Students: The team will conduct Participatory Action Research (PAR) to improve the learning environment for students and create positive change at Michigan Medicine by engaging key stakeholders, faculty, students and staff via focus groups (regarding negative behaviors that affect learning outcomes).
Lauren Ranalli, Community Health Services, Adolescent Health Initiative: Ranalli will work to create a more inclusive climate for LGBTQ+ adolescents at Michigan Medicine two mini "Spark" trainings about practicing cultural humility with all adolescents and young adult patients.
Juan Caceres and Stephanie Reyes, U-M Medical School: The team will create and implement a training and mentorship program to serve many aspects of the Hispanic community.
Chelsea Harris, M.D., Surgery: Harris will develop a mobile application to provide survey prompts and track and record the frequency of micro-aggressions experienced by both medical residents and students. The data will be collected engage residents in interventions that improve the quality of their lives.
Larry Charleston, M.D., Neurology: Charleston will develop a platform to determine how frequently micro-aggressions are experienced by African-American faculty members of Michigan Medicine. This platform will then be used to explore the epidemiology of micro-aggressions and obtain plausible strategies for solutions on how best to address them.
Kyle McLain, Pediatric Endocrinology: McLain will develop a didactic and experiential curriculum for medical students at Michigan Medicine to develop and measure the impact of a transgender health curriculum involving the transgender community.