Drs. Paula Papanek and Larry Pan received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Office of Minority Health to promote healthy lifestyles and life choices in Hispanic middle school youth at the United Community Center in Milwaukee. The program, entitled “Youth Empowered to Succeed” works with UCC’s Bruce Guadalupe Middle School to provide mentorship, tutorials, advising, fitness, wellness and youth asset development to 50 middle school youth. YES is part of a national Youth Empowerment Program initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.
In addition, the Office of Minority Health asked the Department of Physical Therapy to take the lead role in advising all YEP grantees on data collection, analysis and program development. For assuming this lead role, Marquette also received an $875,000 supplemental grant award. Marquette will host an annual technical assistance meeting for YEP grantees and perform yearly site visits to all funded programs. Having served in the unique role for 2011-12 at the end of the last 3-year grant cycle, Drs. Papanek and Pan formulated a written document, website and videos to describe the previous grant program, its data and conclusions. These data were presented in person to the assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the entire Office of Minority Health in Washington, D.C.