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Integrating Health Into Chicago's Building Code

February 1, 2017

SUHI is partnering with organizations including Loyola University, Metropolitan Tenants Organization, the National Center for Healthy Housing and Elevate Energy to offer an important and exciting meeting Integrating Health Into Chicago’s Building Code. The meeting is being held at Loyola University on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Julie Kuhn is involved with the group in charge of planning the meeting, and Helen Margellos-Anast will be participating in a panel discussion focusing on health-based models that proactively address substandard housing. SUHI is thrilled to be a part of this public discussion about strategies for promoting the health of all Chicagoans.

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SUHI updates Mission, Vision, and Values
 
January 31, 2017
 
Sinai Urban Health Institute recently updated its institutional mission and vision and created institutional values. President Dr. Sharon Homan initiated this process in light of SUHI’s evolving and expanding identity as an organization. The process began with an all-staff workshop during which the team generated a list of institutional values that guide our work and our interactions internally and externally. Following the workshop, the SUHI team worked together to update the mission and vision.
 
Our Mission - what we do
To achieve health equity among communities through excellence and innovation in data-driven research, interventions, evaluation, and collaboration.
 
Our Vision - what we pursue
For all communities to thrive in health.
 
Our Values - what guides us
  • Committing to excellence and innovation
  • Demonstrating integrity and authenticity by, for, and with the community
  • Driving our work with compassion and kindness
  • Pursuing health equity and social justice
  • Empowering and valuing every voice
  • Creating joy through work-life balance and positive relationships
  • Being good stewards of resources and talent
  • Embracing a culture of collaboration
 
SUHI Researcher appointed to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science faculty

January 31, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Hugheswho was appointed in November 2016 to the faculty of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education, Innovation, and Humanities. 

 

 

 
Recent Publications

January 31, 2017

Racial Disparities in Heart Disease Mortality in the 50 Largest U.S. Cities

Heart disease is not only the leading cause of death in the US, but also the main contributor to racial disparities in life expectancy. Despite this, heart disease mortality rates and racial disparities in these rates are not readily available at the city level where they can be most quickly and effectively addressed.  Nationally, mortality rates were significantly higher among non-Hispanic Black adults than non-Hispanic Whites. Larger improvements in rates for Whites compared to Blacks over a 20-year period resulted in a significant increase in disparities for 11 of the 50 biggest cities in the US, resulting in 19,448 excess Black deaths in the US annually.

Benjamins MR, Hirschtick JL, Hunt BR, Hughes MM, Hunter B. Racial Disparities in Heart Disease Mortality in the 50 Largest U.S. Cities. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (2016); DOI: 10.1007/s40615-016-0300-6.

 

Care transition interventions for children with asthma in the emergency department

Through a comparative effectiveness research study funded by PCORI, the Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes (CHICAGO) Plan aims to optimize asthma outcomes for children being seen in the Emergency Department (ED) for asthma. This collaborative project involves researchers from several Chicago institutions, including six EDs. Helen Margellos-Anast is SUHI’s site-Principal Investigator and also directs the CHW Coordinating Center for the study, which is housed at SUHI. Recently, the CHICAGO Plan team was invited to write a review article for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology on the existing knowledge concerning care transition interventions for children visiting the ED for asthma.

Martin MA, Press VG, Nyenhuis SM, Krishnan JA, Erwin K, Mosnaim G, Margellos-Anast H, Paik SM, Ignoffo S, McDermott M; CHICAGO Plan Consortium. Care transition interventions for children with asthma in the emergency department. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2016; 138(6): 1518-1525. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2016.10.012.

 
SUHI launches Center for CHW Research, Outcomes, and Workforce Development (CROWD)

January 31, 2017

SUHI received a $50,000 grant from Telligen Community Initiatives to build upon its growing expertise as a training, research, and coordinating entity for community health worker (CHW) initiatives. This year-long grant will enable SUHI to formally establish the Center for CHW Research, Outcomes, and Workforce Development (CROWD). CROWD’s goal is to provide enhanced support to entities, both healthcare and non-healthcare, in successfully integrating CHWs into their organizational workflows, thus appropriately leveraging the workforce and encouraging its growth. Click here to sign up for e-mail updates on CROWD.

 
SUHI awarded grant to create tool to facilitate cost-of-care conversations in an OB/GYN clinic on the Southside of Chicago

January 31, 2017

Led by Dr. Veronica Fitzpatrick, SUHI received $250,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in December for a new study, “Integrating a User-Centered Tool to Facilitate Cost-of-Care Conversations in an OB/GYN Clinic on the Southside of Chicago.” This study seeks to develop a tool to facilitate cost-of-care understanding for both the clinician and patient in an underinsured, high risk OB/GYN clinic population on the Southside of Chicago. SUHI is partnering with Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago.

 
Sharon Homan named President of Sinai Urban Health Institute

July 30, 2016

We are excited to introduce Sharon Homan, PhD, the new President of Sinai Urban Health Institute. Previously, Dr. Homan served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Research at the University of North Texas School of Public Health in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Homan’s prior experience also includes public health leadership and faculty positions with Saint Louis University (Professor of Biostatistics), Rockhurst University (Academic Vice President), and the Kansas Health Institute (Vice President for Public Health). Dr. Homan received her doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa, studying biostatistics, preventive medicine, and environmental health. She completed additional studies in psychiatric epidemiology, theology, and social ethics.

Dr. Homan brings a wealth of experience and publications in public health research and evaluation, with particular dedication to maternal and child health, violence prevention, and community health improvement initiatives. Her research has been funded by NIH, HRSA, CDC, DOJ, state contracts, and foundations. Dr. Homan is both honored and thrilled to join the SUHI team. She looks forward to building on our successes, and growing our research partnerships and collaborations to improve lives and reduce health disparities.

 

SUHI-Chicago Medical School Summer Internship Program

July 30, 2016

SUHI is hosting a summer internship program for students from the Chicago Medical School. Now in its fourth year, nine medical students will spend the summer at SUHI learning about public health, epidemiology, and research. The program includes a wide variety of workshops, lectures, and field trips to broaden the students’ exposure to diverse health issues and to improve their research skills. The students will be participating in classes on mortality, the role of community health workers, social determinants of health, and reading medical literature. The students will also take field trips to the Lawndale Christian Health Center and Humboldt Park, as well as go on bus tours of North and South Lawndale. In addition to these activities, each intern has an individual mentor and is working on a research project to support the Sinai Survey data dissemination.

This partnership has resulted in many publications in prestigious journals over the past few years. Articles co-authored by CMS student interns have been published in Stroke, Diabetes Care, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and the Journal of Urban Health. Samuel Choi, a 2015 SUHI intern mentored by Bijou Hunt, won second place at the 2015 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Summer Research Poster Session. Previous summer interns’ work is prominently highlighted on page 15 of the Spring 2016 Chicago Medical School newsletter, which can be found here.

The 2016 summer interns pictured left to right: (back row) Ashima Sarup, Donna Tsai, Alison Wiles, Jon Casas, Brian White, Nik Raju (front row) Rachel Bruckman Hosford, Laura Jansen, Nadia Hallaj. The SUHI mentors are Maureen Benjamins, Veronica Fitzpatrick, Jana Hirschtick, Sharon Homan, Michelle Hughes, Bijou Hunt, and Helen Margellos-Anast. The program is directed by Michelle Hughes and Maureen Benjamins.

 

SUHI Researcher Inducted into Delta Omega

July 30, 2016

Congratulations to Veronica Fitzpatrick, DrPH, who was inducted into the prestigious Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. Founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University when the profession of public health was in its infancy, Delta Omega has 84 chapters throughout the world. Delta Omega members are selected from top echelons of graduate schools and programs of public health, as well as the public health community. 

 

HUD Panel on Healthy Home Interventions

July 30, 2016

On April 4, 2016, Helen Margellos-Anast, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist and Director of SUHI’s Asthma Initiatives, was a featured panelist on a nationally broadcasted webcast hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The theme of the webcast was “Helping Residents Breathe Easier by Addressing Asthma Triggers in Housing.” Other panelists included Dr. Elizabeth Matsui, Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, at John Hopkins University, and Dr. Megan Sandel, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health. Over 700 tuned into the live webcast. The webcast has also been archived here.

 

SUHI Hosts two On The Table Events

July 30, 2016

The SUHI community health worker (CHW) team hosted two Chicago Community Trust On the Table events on May 10, 2016. On the Table asks neighbors from across the area to gather for meal-time conversations. This year’s theme was uniting colleagues, friends, and neighbors to lead change across Chicagoland and create a more unified region.

The first On the Table discussion was held at Wishbone restaurant and focused on leveraging strengths and resources within the CHW field, under the leadership of the Chicago CHW Local Network. Stakeholders deliberated on how to continue to foster future opportunities for collaboration, overcome any such barriers, build awareness and support for CHW work, and inspire more people to be involved with the Chicago CHW Local Network. Stakeholders had strong interest in capacity-building, including the creation of a strong communications plan and aggressively pursuing additional funding.

The second On the Table breakfast was held at Los Candiles restaurant in South Lawndale. Community health workers (CHWs) from South and North Lawndale participated in the lively discussion focusing on increasing collaboration between the two neighboring yet distinct communities. Given the unique role that CHWs play in their respective communities, the group decided an excellent way to start was to hold additional gatherings of CHWs. A CHW from each community volunteered to spearhead a get together of CHWs in August.