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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(3), 94; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8030094

Community Science as a Pathway for Resilience in Response to a Public Health Crisis in Flint, Michigan

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Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, East Lasing, MI 48824, USA
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Environmental Science and Policy Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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College of Human Medicine: Flint, Michigan State University, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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Community Ethics Review Board, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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Community Based Organization Partners, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Michigan State University Extension, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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National Center for African American Health Consciousness, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Artistic Visions Enterprise, Flint, MI 48505, USA
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Hope College, Holland, MI 49423, USA
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Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Dare2Dream, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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Received: 2 November 2018 / Revised: 28 February 2019 / Accepted: 5 March 2019 / Published: 13 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Engaged Scholarship for Resilient Communities)
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Abstract

While the story of the Flint water crisis has frequently been told, even sympathetic analyses have largely worked to make invisible the significant actions of Flint residents to protect and advocate for their community. Leaving the voices of these stakeholders out of narratives about the crisis has served to deepen distrust in the community. Our project responds to these silences through a community-driven research study aimed explicitly at elevating the frame of Flint residents in and around the Flint water crisis. This paper describes the coming together of the research team, the overall project design for each of the three research efforts, and lessons learned. The three sub-projects include: (1) a qualitative analysis of community sentiment provided during 17 recorded legislative, media, and community events, (2) an analysis of trust in the Flint community through nine focus groups across demographic groups (African American, Hispanic, seniors, and youth) of residents in Flint, and (3) an analysis of the role of the faith-based community in response to public health crises through two focus groups with faith based leaders from Flint involved with response efforts to the water crisis. Our study offers insight for understanding trust in crisis, which could be valuable to other communities and researchers seeking to address similar situations. The project offers community science as a model for considering community engagement in research as part of the process of resilience. View Full-Text
Keywords: community-based participatory research; environmental justice; knowledge production; team science; qualitative research community-based participatory research; environmental justice; knowledge production; team science; qualitative research
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Carrera, J.S.; Key, K.; Bailey, S.; Hamm, J.A.; Cuthbertson, C.A.; Lewis, E.Y.; Woolford, S.J.; DeLoney, E.H.; Greene-Moton, E.; Wallace, K.; Robinson, D.E.; Byers, I.; Piechowski, P.; Evans, L.; McKay, A.; Vereen, D.; Sparks, A.; Calhoun, K. Community Science as a Pathway for Resilience in Response to a Public Health Crisis in Flint, Michigan. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 94.

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