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kent D. Key, PHD, MPH

Principal Investigator 
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Dr. Key is a is an Assistant Professor of Public Health and a Health Disparities Researcher at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Division of Public Health. Dr. Key specializes in Community Engaged Research approaches and methodologies. He has an interest in urban minority populations and use qualitative research methods to evaluate the perceptions and lived experience with a goal towards the development of community-driven solutions for health equity. Dr. Key’s focus is on urban marginalized populations across the lifespan. Dr. Key is a Health Equity Scholar focusing on the Social Determinants of Health and the systemic impact they have on health disparities. He also worked to create equitable engagement for patient/provider engagement as he was a member of the National Patient Stakeholder Council for PCORI and PCORI’s National Fall Prevention Council and the University of Michigan Medical School’s Clinical Translation Scientific Award (CTSA) in the community engagement program. Dr. Key is Principal Investigator on a NIH-K Award focused on exploring the utilization of Family Health Histories in the African American community. The goal is to increase the utilization of preventative screenings, increase health literacy and community between families and providers by creating a culturally tailored Family Health History toolkit. Dr. Key is also Principal Investigator for the Recruiting and Retaining Older African Americans for Research (ROAR) this study is a part of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). Dr. Key serves a faculty for MCUAAAR. In his community role, Dr. Key is the Executive Deputy Director of the Community Based Organization Partners (CBOP) and Founder of CBOP’s Community Ethics Review Board (CERB). Dr. Key is the Executive Director and Founder of the Community Engagement Studio of Flint which houses his Community Scholars Program and the Flint Public Health Youth Academy. Dr. Key is 2017 Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program. Dr. Key serves on the State of Michigan Taskforce on COVID and Racial Disparities Community Action Team, and the Greater Flint Taskforce on COVID and Racial Inequities. On the national landscape, Dr. Key is a Past Chair of the Community Based Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association and Past President of the National Community Based Organization Network. In addition, Dr. Key served as a Research Manager for the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report sponsored by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In June of 2020, Dr. Key authored a resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis in Genesee County which was passed by both the Genesee County Board of Health and Board of Commissioners. In 2022, Dr. Key became a Commissioner and Chair of the Genesee County Diversity Equity & Inclusion Commission.

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Lisa  M. Lapeyrouse, PHD

Principal Investigator
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Dr. Lapeyrouse is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Michigan-Flint. She attended the University of California Davis, where she earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a minor in Native American Studies. Dr. Lapeyrouse then went on to earn a M.S. in Mexican American Studies, with a concentration in public health, from the University of Arizona. Dr. Lapeyrouse earned her Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education and a certificate in Women’s Health and Reproductive Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. After obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Lapeyrouse worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Family Medicine within the David Geffen School of Medicine at The University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Lapeyrouse completed a second postdoctoral research fellowship with the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center at the University of Texas at El Paso before joining the faculty at University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Lapeyrouse is a mixed method researcher whose work primarily focuses on investigating and addressing Latinx health inequities. Both her research and teaching employ community-engagement strategies. As an instructor, Dr. Lapeyrouse has received several accolades for her dedication and teaching innovation.

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Project Team

Samantha Cardenas

Cardenas, psyd.

Project Manager 
Dr. Lynda Jeffries

Dr. Lynda Jeffries

Strategic Planner

Lynda has an extensive corporate background in human resources and performance assurance. Her expertise includes adult learning, facilitation, organization development, and human performance technology. As a Senior Consultant with The Leadership Group, Lynda consults in diversity, inclusion, conflict resolution, team building, performance management, and executive coaching. She has a particular passion for assisting organizations in capacity building and leadership development. She custom-designs and facilitates strategic planning sessions, board retreats, and assessments to guide organizations toward growth and improvement. Lynda has a PhD in Education – Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University, a M.B.A. in Management from the University of Detroit Mercy, an Education Specialist Certificate from Wayne State University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University. She taught Leadership and Nonprofit Management at Lawrence Tech and also taught Social Diversity, Business Ethics, Management Principles, and Speech Communication at Davenport Univ. Lynda is certified in Management Research Group's Leadership Effectiveness Assessment and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. She is a leadership coach with the Council of Michigan Foundations and United Way/BEST Project in Flint.

Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen

Research Assistant 

Hello! My name is Kim Nguyen and I am a first year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at UM Flint. I finished undergrad in 2019 from MSU with a Bachelors of Science. I majored in Kinesiology and minored in Health Promotion. I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, where I had many leadership roles within my community and volunteering opportunities in the clinics. I worked with a variety of people in both small and large settings. I enjoy being active by going to the gym or playing beach volleyball. I look forward to starting a community and public health research position, that will help further my knowledge and experience.

Greater Flint Taskforce on COVID-19 and Health Inequities, Faith-based Subcommittee

  • REV. DR. SARAH BAILEY, Bridges Into the Future

  • DR. KENT D. KEY, Community-Based Organization Partners

  • DR. LISA M. LAPEYROUSE, University of Michigan Flint  

  • REV. TOM MATTIUZZO, Riverside Tabernacle, Flint

  • ATHENA S. MCKAY, Flint Innovative Solutions

  • DR. DANIEL E. MOORE, SR., The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Flint

  • ARTINA SADLER, Huron-Clinton Metroparks 

  • LYDIA STARRS, Community Foundation of Greater Flint

  • LYNN WILLIAMS, Community Foundation of Greater Flint

  • TODD A. WOMACK, University of Michigan - Flint

  • REV. MONICA M. VILLARREAL, Salem Lutheran Church - Michigan United

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