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Michigan, Harvard, focus on Detroit poverty, opioids problems

ANN ARBOR, Michigan. – The University of Michigan and Harvard University to work together in the fight against poverty and opioid addiction in Detroit.

The schools announced Wednesday that they will work with the city to identify steps to improve low-income residents’ livelihoods. The effort pairs Michigan’s ongoing Poverty Solutions Initiative with Harvard statistical, and mathematical research into the forces that economic success or failure.

The universities will also share what she and other experts know about the opioid epidemic and the plans of the national top in the Detroit and Boston areas.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel says he named Harvard President Lawrence Bacow (BACK’-ow), who grew up in Pontiac near Detroit, after learning of Bacow is the interest in the national problems. They discussed areas of possible cooperation and the poverty and opioids rose to the top of their lists.

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