The Flint Women’s Study

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We interviewed 100 women or people serving women living in Genesee County about the hopes, dreams, needs, and strengths of women in the county Community members and academic partners pulled out key themes. Complete results can be found here . Some community resources identified in the discussions are here . Brief summaries of answers to two questions are below.  

Creating initiatives for Flint-area women 

Everyone we interviewed is helping women in their own way, whether as a friend, a family member, a mentor, a pastor, by teaching practical skills, or by making things that other women need. We invited everyone who participated and others to come back together to hear the results and plan what we could do together to empower and assist women in Genesee County. This effort brings all of our talents and skills together on behalf of Flint-area women.

To be part of these initiatives and discussions to empower women in Genesee County, please reach out to us by completing this form and sending it to Morgan Flees . Contact us for questions, suggestions, and to be involved! We had an initial meeting on July 14th, 2018.

The Flint Women’s Study Community Action Network is a formal structured action council that meets to address needs and to support initiative and action items identified from the Flint Women’s Study. This platform serves to facilitate continued discussion around the ever-growing and evolving needs of the women of Flint and Genesee County.

The Flint Women’s Study Community Action Network Meetings
Fourth Thursday of the month from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  
Location: The meetings will tentatively be held via zoom. Meeting ID: 921 8187 2908 or Dial: +1 646 876 9923 Meeting ID: 921 8187 2908

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The Flint Women's Study Community Action Network Summit: Human Trafficking Virtual Conference
Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm via zoom.  
The focus of the summit is Human Trafficking, "Myths, Facts, Prevention, and Action."

Register for the event:
Join zoom meeting or dial +1 646 876 9923. Meeting ID: 944 2946 0508

Please email or check out the Flint Women's Study Facebook page @flintwomensstudy for more details.


Selected Publications:

Hailemariam, M., Felton, J.W., Key, K. et al. Intersectionality, special populations, needs and suggestions: the Flint Women’s study. Int J Equity Health 19, 18 (2020).

Megan Masten, Shayna Vega, Jennifer Johnson, Maji Hailemariam, Njeri Kagotho, Kent Key, Bernadel Jefferson, Janice Muhammad, Monicia Summers, Bryan Spencer, Sharon Sadler, DeWaun Robinson, Fallon Richie, Raven Miller, Jonne White McCoy & DeOnica Greer (2020). The Flint women’s study: community perspectives on contraception and family planning, sexuality education and barriers to reproductive health, Culture, Health & Sexuality,

Hailemariam, M., Key, K., Jefferson, B.L., Muhammud, J., & Johnson, J.E. (2020). Community-Based Participatory Qualitative Research for Women: Lessons from the Flint Women's Study. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 14(2), 207-213. doi:10.1353/cpr.2020.0017.


Community partnership:

Our Executive Board consists of Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Dr. Kent Key, Dr. Maji Hailemariam, and Dr. Julia Felton of Michigan State University (MSU), and Flint community partners Bishop Bernadel Jefferson, Ms. Tonya Bailey, Ms. Kenyetta Dotson, and Mrs. Janice Muhammud. The study is community-friendly was approved by the Flint Community Ethics Review Board.


  1. Flint Women’s Study Full Results
  2. If you had one wish for every woman in the county, what would it be?
  3. Flint Genesee County Resources
  4. Additional Community Resources
  5. Serve Others, Hope and Dignity

Follow us on Facebook at @FlintWomensStudy.