Who We Are
In collaboration with the Flint community, the Healthy Flint Coordinating Center (HFCC) is a partnership among UM/Flint, UM/Ann Arbor, and MSU to work to aid Flint recover and rebuild from the water crisis.
Flint Community Core
E. Yvonne Lewis, B.B.A, B.S.
Founder/CEO of the National Center for African American Health Consciousness
Through which she consults and facilitates community education and awareness efforts. She serves in a leadership role as the Co-Director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center in the development and implementation of Community/Academic Partnerships. She has a passion for ensuring the community is adequately prepared to make informed quality health and health related decisions. Yvonne assists with organizing and facilitating education and information sessions for community.
Yvonne holds a BS in Business Administration (Ferris State University, 1977) and Clinical/Community Psychology (University of Michigan-Flint, 1996). She is currently completing her Masters in Health Education.
Community Ethics Review Board
Ella currently serves as the Community Activities Manager of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Project and “Bridge” at the Center for Public Health and Community Genomics, at the School of Public Health – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; Community Based Organization Partners (CBOP) Community Ethics Review Board (CERB) Administrator in the Community Engagement Office of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center (HFRCC); and Community Director of the Methodology Core of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions (FCHES). She also serves as an Independent Community-Academic Consultant working with other academic institutions and partnerships that are engaged in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with their local communities.
Michigan State University
Debra Furr-Holden, Ph.D.
C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health based in Flint, and Professor of Epidemiologist and Biostatistics at the Michigan State University Department College of Human Medicine. Dr. Furr-Holden is an epidemiologist with expertise in addiction epidemiology, prevention science, psychosocial measurement and behavioral health equity research, interventions and policy. Dr. Furr-Holden’s community-based, action-oriented research has been well received by community stakeholders in Flint who are eager to explore policy interventions to help address some of Flint and the nation’s greatest public health challenges, with a special emphasis on health equity and policy-level interventions.
Rick Sadler, Ph.D.
Medical geographer by training and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health at Michigan State University in Flint. His work is rooted in community partnerships and aimed at strengthening the understanding between the built environment and health behaviors/outcomes, with the goal of informing land use policy to build healthier cities. His work is particularly focused on regions like his hometown of Flint, which experience unique challenges arising from a combination of social, political, and economic forces that exacerbate health equity issues.
University of Michigan – Flint
Ken Sylvester, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Sponsored Programs at University of Michigan Flint, with research development and administration responsibilities on the Flint campus, and has more than 15 years’ experience in social and environmental research at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.
Michelle Sahli, Ph.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Michigan – Flint. Dr. Sahli has investigated relationships between vitamin D status and pathogenic oral bacteria, and associations between nutritional factors and diabetic eye disease, and lifestyle advice given to patients by optometrists.
Her current research interests include communication between healthcare providers and patients as well as nutritional epidemiology, in particular diet patters and their relationship to eye disease. Dr. Sahli currently teaches epidemiology and introductory biostatistics. She has supervised independent studies in infectious disease epidemiology and anticipates teaching some nutrition focused courses in the future.
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Susan Woolford, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Mobile Technology to Enhance Child Health (MTECH) Program in the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center and Faculty in the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) Community Engagement Program at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on community-engaged approaches to inform the use of communications technology in the treatment of childhood obesity for diverse populations.
Administrative Program Director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) Community Engagement Program. She works toward building equitable partnerships between community and academic partners in research. She develops trainings, provides consultations, and engages in other infrastructure building activities for partnership development. She has a MSW and MPH from the University of Michigan and MA in African Studies from UCLA.