Sinai Urban Health Institute Launches Second Community Health Survey

Release date

Wednesday, November 20th 2013

Data Captured Will Help Improve the Health of Chicago’s Most Vulnerable Communities

November 20, 2013 – (Chicago) With support from The Chicago Community Trust, the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) is launching the second Sinai Community Health Survey – the largest door-to-door health survey ever conducted in Chicago. The launch of the community survey is supported by a $1 million grant from the Trust, and was announced yesterday announced at a media conference at the Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center. Among those speaking at the event were Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, Alan Channing, president and CEO of the Sinai Health System, and Community Advisory Council members Rev. Gay Chisum and Rev. Ruben Escobar.

“The Chicago Community Trust invests in the health and wellness of all Chicago communities, with a focus on the most vulnerable,” said Terry Mazany. “The Trust believes that investment in a second community health survey, ten years after the first, will not only uncover gains in population health within the past decade, but also uncover new disparities in health that could require public health interventions. It will give community members a voice.” Alan Channing approaches this from a complementary perspective, noting that, “This survey is a manifestation of our mission to improve the health of the individuals and communities that we serve and to make lives better. We appreciate the funding from The Chicago Community Trust that will make the survey possible.”

The survey will provide robust data about the health of local individuals and communities, and the survey results may direct changes in health programs, efforts, and resources. The results from SUHI’s inaugural 2002 survey led to the generation of 31 different health interventions and programs and approximately $17 million in funding. The current survey includes approximately 700 questions on adult and child health from 3,000 adults and 1,500 children. These questions have been selected and approved by the Community Advisory Council, 20 individuals from the 10 communities to be surveyed. Rev. Chisum characterized the question review process as “interesting, informative and invigorating.” Council members will encourage participation in the survey within their communities and will later assist with dissemination of the findings at the community level and facilitation of next steps. Rev. Escobar and expressed how excited he, and the others, are to get updated information about their communities.

“Our previous research has demonstrated that literally thousands of people in the city die each year due to disparities in health. This is a situation that must be and can be remedied. It is literally a matter of life and death,” said Steve Whitman, PhD, the Director of SUHI and the Principal Investigator for this project.


About The Chicago Community Trust

For 98 years, The Chicago Community Trust, the region’s community foundation, has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. In 2012, the Trust, together with its donors, granted more than $130 million to nonprofit organizations. From strengthening community schools to assisting local art programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence, the Trust continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at

About Sinai Health System

Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organization, is comprised of seven member organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute, and Sinai Urban Health Institute. The system has over 800 physicians on its hospital medical staffs, 695 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits, and eight physician residency training programs. To learn more about Sinai, including Sinai Urban Health Institute, please see