About MYHealth

MYHealth: High School Students Are Trained As Co-Researchers

What is MYHealth?

The Michigan Youth Health (MYHealth) program is an online research training program for high school students. Each year, MYHealth recruits high school students from Southeast Michigan with help from our community partners. Then, students are engaged in the interactive MYHealth research training program. Throughout the program, students work with real-life health researchers to apply what they have learned by designing, implementing, and sharing findings from their own research project. High school students are trained through the same methods used to train career scientists.

MYHealth Students Master Research in Three Phases

Being part of MYHealth means being part of a research study

Throughout the MYHealth program, students are asked to complete surveys, reflections, and interviews. The MYHealth study team use this data to evaluate the impact of the MYHealth program on participants’ feelings and attitudes towards research and STEM. Also, the MYHealth team uses findings to make ongoing improvements to the program curriculum and structure. The MYHealth team relies on input from youth and brings expertise in community engagement, participatory research, mixed methods research.

MYHealth includes a series of studies approved by the University of Michigan Institutional Review Board (HUM00201567, HUM00210274, HUM00213914). In addition, MYHealth is a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) project funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and National Institutes of Health (R25GM137361).

Why High School Students?

Existing programs have worked to reduce inequities in STEM and health research careers at the undergraduate or graduate level. However, very little attention has been placed on high school students. High school is a unique time careers intentions and life-long desires are developed.

Interested in Participating in MYHealth?

MYHealth recruits new students for our 10-day Summer Launch program every year in the Spring. Applications for the 2024-2025 MYHealth Summer Launch are now open! We will continue to accept applications through May 15, 2024.

Questions? You can:

  1. Check out the 2024 Summer Launch Recruitment Flyer
  2. Review our Summer Launch FAQ page and see if your question is answered there
  3. Register to attend one of our online Open Houses and have your questions answered LIVE!
  4. Contact the MYHealth study team