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Behavioral and Physical Health Policy Research for the Detroit Public School District

September 2022 - December 2022

Executive Summary

The team of students worked on a project with the Superintendent's Office of the Detroit Public School and Community District (DPSCD). They recommended and drafted changes to the District's administrative policies, so they better supported the behavioral and physical health of students in the District. The project included a four-phase process: first, the students researched best practices and policies in other school districts in the U.S.; second, they interviewed DPSCD staff and education professionals about existing practices and the feasibility of potential administrative changes; third, they researched additional school districts based on insights from the interviews; and finally, they put together a final deliverable to propose policy changes to the DPSCD Superintendent, physical health team, and behavioral health team. Through this project, the team determined ways the Detroit schools can better provide physical and behavioral health services and support their students.

Community Partner

Detroit Public Schools Community District

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Liz Gerber

Elisabeth Gerber

Jack L. Walker, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Director, Program for Practical Policy Engagement; Professor of Political Science (by courtesy); Research Associate, Center for Political Studies; Faculty Innovator in Residence, Center for Academic Innovation (on sabbatical leave)

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