About Us

The Insuring Good Health website and videos were created by Insure Detroit, a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) partnership with a mission to enhance health insurance literacy and increase health care access and navigation for Detroit and metro Detroit residents.

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Affiliated under the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC), the Insure Detroit partnership was formed in 2015 between a University of Michigan School of Public Health investigative team and eight Detroit community organizations and health agencies. Funding was provided by the National Institute for Health Care Reform.

In accordance with the principles of a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, both academic and community organizations within the Insure Detroit partnership were included in every aspect of the initiative, providing oversight and guidance.

Meet the team

Meet members of the Insure Detroit Partnership


Minal R. Patel, PhD, MPH
John G. Searle Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Richard Lichtenstein, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan School of Public Health


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  • University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Research Staff and Co-investigators
  • Student Research Assistants
  • Community Organization Staff Members and Volunteers who sat on an Insure Detroit Steering Committee and/or assisted with intervention development and data collection
  • Honey Locust Health