Friday, February 17, 2017

Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity Urges to Rework Metro Detroit Pedestrian Infrastructure

Detroit Eastern Market. Photo by: HB Meeks
DEARBORN, MI - As a response to an article published on Daily Detroit about Detroit being listed as the least healthy city in America, three members of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services' Center of Disparity Solutions and Equity (CDSE) decided to write an Op-Ed to present their recommendations to help Metro Detroit pedestrians achieve a healthier and safer way of life.

In their article, Janine Janosky, Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS), Jennifer Teller, CEHHS Program Manager and Darrin C. Winston Jr., Public Ally for the CDSE stated that more efforts should be made to make streets safe for walking. The area of Detroit-Warren-Dearborn had an increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities within the last two years.

"Ironically, this is when health experts are encouraging Americans to walk more to prevent chronic diseases and obesity", the authors said.

Read the full article Time to Rework Our Pedestrian Infrastructure For Healthier Communities and To Save Lives in Daily Detroit.
Downtown Detroit Free Press Marathon. Photo by: HB Meeks

 The CDSE—a community-driven organization developed by the University of Michigan-Dearborn, College of Education, Health, and Human Services—proudly partners with community, corporate, education, government, health and wellness organizations spanning the Detroit area, the State of Michigan and the United States. Working in collaboration with these stakeholders and through the application of leading-edge research, the CDSE seeks to implement actionable solutions by way of innovative programs and policies, systems and environment best practices and responsible evaluation mechanisms—among other channels.