About Us

CAPHE is a five year project funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. CAPHE uses a community-based participatory research approach in which partners are involved in all phases of the work. This includes defining the research problem, designing and implementing the study, interpreting and distributing the results, deciding how results will be applied, and applying the results to create a public health action plan to improve health in Detroit.

CAPHE builds on 15 years of community-academic research partnerships. Often called a ‘partnership of partnerships,’ CAPHE has several tiers of collaboration. CAPHE’s Core Team draws members from three long-standing partnerships, each of which includes community-based organizations, health practice and academic partners: Community Action Against Asthma, the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center and the Healthy Environments Partnership.  Members include representatives from the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, and the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. The Core Team is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day work of the project, including basic research, working with others to develop the public health action plan, and implementation of the plan once finalized.

CAPHE’s Steering Committee includes all Core Team members, and draws additional partners from Detroit Future City, the Green Door Initiative, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Sierra Club, the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Wayne State University. The Steering Committee (SC) provides oversight for all aspects of CAPHE Members are actively involved in the scientific and policy aspects of CAPHE, and will play an integral role in developing and implementing the public health action plan.

The Public Health Action Planning Team, consisting of  all Steering Committee members plus additional members (e.g., community residents and leaders, planners, policy makers, public health decision makers, academic researchers business leaders) with expertise in, for example, environmental health, urban planning, and community development, will meet in 2015-2016. This team will develop short, mid and long term strategies for the public health action plan.

Organizational Chart

CAPHE Org Nest Chart



CA PHE’s structure is designed to promote collaboration and shared decision making at all levels of the CA-PHE project, and to assure that Detroit residents and leadership have a significant voice in identifying and creating solutions to promote clean air for Detroit’s residents.

Contact CAPHE

Kristina Rice, Project Manager
Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments

University of Michigan School of Public Health
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029