Peace! I'm Dr. Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, a Social Epidemiology Professor, and *very* proud Eastside Detroiter. It is my complete honor to lead the Social Epidemiology to Combat Unjust Residential Evictions (SECURE) study! At my core, I believe God has my back, I find and help underdogs, I fight injustices, and I defy odds. The SECURE project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is rooted in HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT and BLACK LIVES MATTER! The purpose of this study is to quantify the magnitude and severity of court-ordered and illegal residential evictions and their relationship with the health of Black families in Metro-Detroit, Michigan. My vision for this project is to co-create and co-lead the work with Black women, to amplify the voices and experiences of Black Metro-Detroiters, and to help intervene on the systems of oppression that limit our full-potential, opportunities, and joy. We need your partnership to make housing justice a reality. There's no cavalry coming to save us, we're it!
This project will determine if living in neighborhoods with high court-ordered eviction rates are associated with poor health in Black mothers and babies.
This project will quantify the magnitude and severity of illegal (not court- ordered) evictions, and whether these types of evictions are associated with poor mental and physical health in Black mothers and families.