Sinai Community Health Worker Receives National Award

Release date

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Kim Artis, a Sinai Urban Health Institute community health worker (CHW), is one of 13 exceptional health workers from across the nation to be honored with a REAL Award. Created by Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, the REAL Award recognizes health workers who provide lifesaving and compassionate care to individuals in underserved communities.

Artis has been a CHW for two years, providing home-based comprehensive asthma education to residents of Chicago’s under-served communities on the West Side, where she is also a resident. “Kim is a leader both in her community and among other CHWs,” said Jessica Ramsay, a supervisor of program initiatives at Sinai Urban Health Institute, who nominated Artis for the award. “Her passion and dedication to empowering communities to lead healthier lifestyles is evident in all that she does.”

During the award presentation celebration at Sinai Health System on March 4, Artis will be hand-delivered a symbolic giant boarding pass to Washington, D.C., and an invitation to an official awards ceremony in the nation’s capitol this spring. At the official ceremony, honorees will have a chance to advocate on behalf of health worker peers around the world. “Kim opened my eyes about taking care of my health,” says one of Artis’ former clients. “I am [now] feeling better than I have felt in a long time.”