Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center (SHARP)

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Director(s): 
Michelle Segar, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Associate Research Scientist, Institute for Research on Women & Gender
Steering Committee : 

Philip Veliz, Ph.D., Associate Director, SHARP, Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Research Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Faculty Associate, Youth and Social Issues, Institute for Social Research

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The Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center (SHARP) researches and creates real world solutions to our most pressing questions in public health and health care, deploying gender as a critical lens. Using a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that integrates motivational, organizational, cultural, and socio-political perspectives, SHARP studies the interconnections that influence health outcomes within families, schools, communities, and organizations. SHARP’s translational and applied research is informing new practices and policies related to health care, cultures of health, sport participation, and sustainable movement across the lifespan.

The SHARP Center was initially established by a three-year grant from the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) through a collaboration between the WSF, the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender and U-M’S School of Kinesiology. SHARP is now housed within the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan.