child health incubator research project

a USDA NIFA funded childhood obesity prevention project of Michigan State University Extension

Challenging Myths and Sharing Skills

Welcome from the Child Health Incubator Research Project (CHIRP) team!

This website represents the culmination of six years of work on childhood obesity by several grassroots food justice organizations throughout Detroit, Michigan.

While you are here, you can browse the tasty and healthy recipes CHIRP partners created with their communities. You can also glimpse just a bit of the great work done by CHIRP in its six year existence by clicking on ‘CHIRP through the years’ link in the top bar. And be sure to check out the community map under the CHIRP logo on the right side of the page for the locations of community gardens, farmer’s markets, recreation and fitness sites, and many other healthy community resources in Detroit!

Also, keep an eye out for the CHIRP Handbook: Lesson Plans link for ideas to use in your own community. This great resource will be available here once it is ready! 

Below, you can find out more information about our program and the partners that make up CHIRP. 

We are excited to share this work and look forward to hearing your feedback!

Who are we?

The Child Health Incubator Research Project (CHIRP) is committed to shattering myths about childhood obesity that are based on standards that exclude the impact of culture, economic stress and transportation challenges. CHIRP is creating a vibrant learning community with innovative programming rooted in a holistic, justice-centered approach to eliminating childhood obesity in our community by drawing on its members’ expertise in diverse areas such as: urban farms, cooking classes, food media workshops, outdoor family activities, garden art programs, community dinners, and in-school nutrition education and environmental classes. We also engage the community in food policy as we continue to build a fair and just food system.

How are we funded?

CHIRP is supported by a five year $4.5 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Childhood Obesity Prevention Program. This grant is administered by the Michigan State University Extension Health and Nutrition Institute.

Who are the organizations that make up CHIRP?

The eight CHIRP partners have been doing their respective food work in community for decades. This partnership consists of:

Building Movement Project
The CHIRP Research Team at Michigan State University Extension Health and Nutrition Institute
Creative Community Pathways
Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
East Michigan Environmental Action Council
Feedom Freedom Growers
Just Creative, LLC
People’s Kitchen Detroit
Prior to its closing, Catherine Ferguson Academy was also a founding partner of the CHIRP project.