The Flint Women’s Study

flint womans study

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. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday Nov 29th, 2018 6-8pm at MSU at 200 East 1st, Street, Flint, MI (Room 132).

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. Resources
  4. Serve Others, Hope and Dignity

Follow us on Facebook at @FlintWomensStudy.

Scholarly Interests

  • Mental health and substance use interventions for vulnerable populations 
  • Perinatal women and justice-involved populations (e.g., prisoners and jail detainees)
  • Community engaged and participatory approaches to research, leadership, and governance
  • Psychiatry and behavioral medicine

Dr. Johnson’s CV


Google Scholar

Research Projects

Research Teams

Johnson MSU Research Team

Johnson Brown Research Team 


Adjunct/Affiliate Status 

C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health

Professor of OBGYN, Michigan State University

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Michigan State University

Adjunct faculty, Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, Providence, RI

Michigan Governor’s Public Health Advisory Council

MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence


Postdoctoral fellowship, Treatment Research, Brown University

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University

B.S., Applied Physics, Brigham Young University


MSU Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology