Client Work: Bay Area Youth Initiative

Our client project with the Benzie Area Youth Initiative evaluated current substance use patterns by analyzing The Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) data, conducted a strategic planning process, and created infographics to further the mission of Grow Benzie and the Benzie Area Youth Initiative.

MiPHY data was evaluated by Good Works Lab epidemiologists by identified priority areas of interest (substance youth, physical activity, and mental health) — data was evaluated according to student grade level, geographic region, and across survey time points (with data from 2015-2016 and 2021-2022). The infographics highlighted current substance use rates and patterns, in comparison to state data, as well as protective and risk factors for students within the county.

Team Members: Joan Dorn (epidemiologist), Kelly Hirko (epidemiologist), Bill Palladino (strategic planning), Jessie Williams (infographics)