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Top health initiatives

Number 1

Med-Direct, a unique program that guarantees admission to the School of Medicine and Irvin D. Reid Honors College for 10 students each year, especially those interested in studying health disparities.

Number 2

The Perinatology Research Branch, the only NIH branch in the country dedicated to the study of infant mortality and premature birth, helping more than 20,000 at-risk mothers since 2002.

Number 3

The Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), a $90 million facility dedicated to studying and eliminating the many health disparities affecting Detroit's residents.

Number 4

The Center for Urban Studies and its Health Research and Evaluation Program, engaging in interdisciplinary, community-based research that benefits the physical and mental health of local neighborhoods.

Number 5

The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, which works to improve the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth and their families across the lifespan through research, education and outreach.

Number 6

The Institute of Gerontology, dedicated to research in social and behavioral sciences, cognitive neuroscience, and issues of aging and urban health.

Number 7

The Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic, a medical-legal partnership that offers students training in practical lawyering skills while serving low-income cancer patients receiving treatment.

Number 8

Michigan's largest multiple sclerosis (MS) clinic, and the largest African American MS clinic in the country, treating more than 4,000 patients annually.

Number 9

The Center for School Health and the Building Healthy Communities Program, which provides an opportunity for elementary schools to participate in a healthy schools transformation program while building an environment for longterm sustainability.

Number 10

The Horizons Project, the only HIV/AIDS program in Michigan that focuses on providing services to HIV-positive and at-risk youth ages 13 to 24.