The Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) is a research- and intervention-driven organization whose work involves examining the impact of social issues such as poverty and racism on health. We strive to develop and implement effective approaches to improve the health of urban communities through data-driven research, evaluation, and community engagement. We use data to identify health issues affecting the communities SUHI serves, develop interventions to address these health issues, and meticulously evaluate our interventions to ensure effectiveness and sustainability. Community engagement, a top priority, is paramount to our success.
Below you can learn more about SUHI’s research, programs, and program evaluation listed by topic.
SUHI has been working to address the asthma burden in Chicago's west side communities since 2000.
Our approach to this work is described in a comprehensive report, found here. Our initial work specific to the pediatric population is summarized here.
Information on the Sinai Asthma Education Training Institute (SAETI) can be found here.
To learn more about our award-winning programs, follow the links below.
- Asthma CarePartners Program (2011-present)
- Helping Chicago’s Westside Adults Breathe and Thrive: A Healthy Homes Approach to Improving Respiratory Health (2013-present)
- The CHICAGO (Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes) Plan (2015-present)
- Helping Children Breathe and Thrive in Chicago's Public Housing (2010-2014)
- Healthy Home Healthy Child: The Westside Children’s Asthma Partnership (2008-2010)
- Controlling Pediatric Asthma through Collaboration and Education (2006-2008)
- Pediatric Asthma Inititiatives (PAI-1 and PAI-2) (2000-2004)
SUHI has been working to address the racial disparities in breast cancer mortality in Chicago since 2005 by implementing both In-hospital navigation
and community-based outreach and navigation programs.
Community Health Surveys
The Sinai Community Health Survey is the largest community-driven health survey ever to be conducted in Chicago. The purpose of the Sinai Survey is to:
- Document the health status of Chicago communities
- Use findings to develop public health interventions and policies to address health inequities
For additional information, visit www.sinaisurvey.org.
- Sinai Community Health Survey (2000-2008)
- Chinese Community Health Survey (2006)
- Jewish Community Health Survey (2003-2009)
Community Health Workers
Since 2002, Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been central to SUHI’s work towards eliminating health disparities in Chicago’s most vulnerable communities. In January 2014, SUHI released a report, CHW Best Practice Guidelines, which can be found here.
To learn more about SUHI’s CHW research and interventions, follow the link below.
- Community Health Workers in Chicago's Health Care Institutions: Research and Evaluation
- State-Level Workforce Recommendations Released for CHWs in Illinois
We are excited to announce that the Illinois CHW Advisory Board has released a recent report on standards and policies for CHWs in Illinois. The 15-member Board, along with a broad array of over 70 stakeholders, worked tirelessly over the course of a year to develop 25 recommendations organized under five major categories: (1) core competencies and roles; (2) training and certification; (3) financing and reimbursement; (4) workforce development; and (5) raising awareness.
SUHI has been working to address the burden of diabetes in Chicago's west side communities since 2006.
- Controlling Hyperglycemia Among Minority Populations (CHAMP Study) (2015- )
- Lawndale Diabetes Project: A Community-Based Collaboration between Mount Sinai Hospital and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (2011-2015)
- Block by Block North Lawndale Diabetes Community Action Program (2009-2011)
- Humboldt Park Diabetes Task Force (2006-present)
SUHI provides evaluation capacity building to community-based organizations funded by the Chicago Community Trust to implement obesity prevention programs. Capacity building activities include evaluation training sessions, survey development, and data management implementation.
- Evaluation Capacity Building (2010-present)
SUHI has been involved in research efforts to understand health disparities in Chicago and the US since 2000.
- Health Disparities Original Research (2000-present)
Health Needs Assessments
A health needs assessment is a systematic evaluation of the type, depth, and scope of health problems, community issues, and/or barriers to service or intervention implementation, effectiveness, and utilization. Health needs assessments use qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methodologies to understand population-level health status, needs, and assets. Assessment findings are used to inform the development and implementation of interventions to improve health and expand access to health resources. SUHI’s expertise in epidemiology and our history as a trusted community partner makes us a recognized leader in health assessment work.
SUHI currently has three health needs assessment projects as described below.
Chicago Medical School
SUHI is partnering with the Chicago Medical School (CMS), which is part of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, to increase opportunities in public health research for their students and staff. Now in Year 3, CMS students have the chance to work on research projects at SUHI during year-long internships or an intensive summer program. SUHI epidemiologists also provide consultation to CMS students and faculty, and assist with the Clinical Epidemiology course. Through this collaboration, we are able to pursue our mutual goals of improved community health and reduced health disparities.
SUHI has been active in many areas of research since its inception in 2000. Listed below are some of SUHI's past projects.
- Improving Access to Health and Mental Health for Chicago's Deaf Community (2002-2012)
- Breathing Freedom ~ "Working Together to Live Tobacco Free" (2006-2009)
- SUHI's HIV/STD Original Research (2003-2008)
- SUHI's HIV/STD Related Evaluations (2000-2012)
- Pediatric Community Reintegration Project (2000-2002)
- CO-OP Humboldt Park (Community Organization for Obesity Prevention in Humboldt Park) (2004-2006)
- Jewish Day School Wellness Initiative (2006-2011)