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SUHI Staff: Jeanette Avila

JEANETTE AVILA, BA

Community Health Specialist

Professional Summary
Jeanette Avila joined SUHI as a research assistant for asthma projects in 2006. Since then she has worked on four consecutive pediatric and adult asthma programs.  Jeanette currently serves as ED Coordinator for the Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Gaps in Outcomes Trial or CHICAGO Trial, a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The CHICAGO Trial is a collaboration between six different emergency departments in the city of Chicago and is a three-arm pragmatic trial to evaluate interventions to improve pediatric asthma management in inner city Chicago children.  One of the arms is the Community Health Worker (CHW) home-visit model in which SUHI is an expert.  She is responsible for all aspects of working with children and their families after they visit Sinai’s ED, including randomizing them into one of the three study groups, collecting and entering data and providing follow-up care coordination after discharged from the ED. Her research and advocacy interests center on urban environments, their effect on Hispanic and African-American communities and health outcomes for children and families.

Prior to coming to SUHI, Jeanette worked for the Illinois Action for Children Public Policy & Advocacy Program as an organizing associate where she organized child care providers around early learning issues in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Education
B.A., Public Policy, DePaul University, 2003 
40 hr. Medical Interpretation Certificate (English & Spanish), 2007