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SUHI Staff

The SUHI team is made up of a group of dynamic, passionate, and motivated individuals. We are Community Health Workers, Research Assistants, Epidemiologists, and SUHI Support Staff. Below you can find links to staff Bios for all current SUHI staff. If you have any questions, please email us at



Helen Margellos-Anast leads Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI), a dynamic, passionate, and motivated team of Community Health Workers (CHW), Research Specialists, Epidemiologists, Evaluators, and support staff. SUHI conducts health disparities research, develops innovative community health interventions, delivers CHW training and consultation, and provides a broad scope of evaluation services. Currently funded initiatives focus on asthma, breast health, diabetes, healthy homes, prevention of lead exposure in children, oral health, social determinants of health, and violence, among others. In partnership with community organizations, public health agencies and academic partners, SUHI develops community-engaged solutions to urban health challenges and delivers services that improve health in some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in the city. 

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Senior CHW Consultant and Trainer


Kim Jay is the Senior CHW Consultant and Trainer.  She started with SUHI in 2012 and currently works as a CHW leader on SUHI's Community Health Innovations strategy; a key member of SUHI's CROWD (Center for CHW Research, Outcomes, and Workforce Development) team; a CHW leader within Sinai Health System (SHS); and, an advocate for the CHW role throughout Chicago, Illinois, and the Nation. As The Senior CHW Consultant and Trainer, she assists with the implementation of CROWD's training contracts including content development, logistics, facilitation, communication with clients, and quality assurance. Kim supports and works collaboratively with the training development team and other staff to deliver high quality training that is effective, engaging, and participatory within the scope of assignment. The Senior CHW Consultant and Trainer provides CHW expertise and guidance to CROWD's consulting clients, and works in collaboration with the CROWD team to secure contracts.

In 2014, Kim was the recipient of the Real Award, which is a national award given through the Save the Children foundation that honors outstanding work in the medical field. Kim was one of few community health workers to receive this honor in Washington DC.



Director, Grants & Strategy

Claude is a broadly experienced leader, manager, and planner of cutting-edge programs in healthcare and public health systems. As the Sinai Health System’s Director, Grants and Strategy, he has developed or collaborated in over 180 awarded service, educational and research grants and five national demonstration projects worth over $150 million. Demonstration projects have ranged from cultural and linguistic competency, cardiac care excellence, to Medicaid enrollment. His 2020 portfolio included over 40 grants worth over $9 million. He currently serves as Chair of the Mount Sinai Hospital Institutional Review Board. He also provides consulting assistance to universities and other organizations on federal funding.

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Community Health Supervisor

Jeanette started her SUHI journey in 2006 working in various community health interventions asthma management programs in home settings and The Chicago Plan in ED settings, HIV, Diabetes and most recently breast health navigation. As Community Health Supervisor Jeanette provides leadership to Community Health Worker (CHW) activities for the breast health navigation program Helping Her Live. Jeanette monitors CHW case load & maintains her own caseload of program participants to ensure navigation efficacy.

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Community Health Worker III

Melinda Banks became a Community Health Educator with the SUHI family in April 2015, equipped with a passion for helping the diabetic community in North and South Lawndale.  Ms. Banks grew up and currently resides in the Austin community, west of North Lawndale. Melinda has extensive experience - more than 10 years - working as an administrative support professional.  Prior to joining SUHI, Melinda was a Bilingual Call Center Representative and provided quality customer service to individuals requiring door-to-door transportation.

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Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Benjamins' research interests pertain to health disparities and the influence of social factors on these disparities.  She has led several initiatives to study disparities nationally and in Chicago, including the Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0, of which she was the co-Principal Investigator.  She also recently led a randomized control trial testing two diabetes management programs to lower blood glucose levels in a sample of minority patients.  Other interests of Dr. Benjamins include expanding medical education to include a focus on social determinants of health and health disparities.  

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Community Health Worker II

Jatavius joined SUHI in February 2018 as a Community Health Worker II. Prior to joining SUHI, Jatavius worked for University Health Care System where he gained experience in geriatric and community health.  Through his work, personal, and volunteer experience he’s learned that to help individuals overcome barriers you must first truly understand what those barriers are.

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Director of Grants and Operations

Mrs. Campbell has served as Director of Grants and Operations since August 2017, overseeing daily operation of SUHI, including grants and contracts, research compliance, finances, and supporting human resource management.

Jamie joined SUHI in 2010, working as a researcher on SUHI’s award-winning asthma program, Community Health Worker research and policy initiatives, Sinai Community Health Survey, and hospital and community-based needs assessments.

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 Program Manager

Myles joined the SUHI team in September 2017. He began his work supporting research on non-fatal firearm injuries at Mount Sinai Hospital. He also took part in helping develop the Zip Code Health Rankings, which focused on specific determinants of health throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.  In addition, he is assisting in the dissemination of the Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0.

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 Research Specialist

Jesus Joined SUHI in January of 2020 as a Research Specialist for the Evaluation Technical Assistance Strategy. Currently, Jesus is working on several evaluation initiatives in content areas of domestic violence, memory disorders, nutrition, and behavioral health.

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Supervisor of Program Initiatives

Yesenia Galvan joined SUHI in September 2018 as a Supervisor of Program Initiatives. She is working with SUHI’s Center for CHW Research, Outcomes, and Workforce Development (CROWD) developing and facilitating trainings and supporting contracted clients. In addition to CROWD, she is also overseeing community health worker interventions. A Chicago native, Yesenia was raised in the Little Village community, and moved to New York City in 2016 to attend graduate school. Having recently moved back to Chicago from NYC, she is incredibly excited to join the team.

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Community Health Educator I

Maria Guadalupe “Lupe” joined SUHI in April of 2019 as a Bilingual Community Health Educator for Helping Her Live Program. In providing beast health awareness, she will navigate women on the west and southwest sides of Chicago through the mammogram process.

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Community Health Worker III

Adlaide Holloway joined SUHI on December 21, 2015 as a Community Health Educator for both Asthma CarePartners and Helping Chicago’s Westside Adults Breathe and Thrive. She will conduct home visits and provide participants with education on proper asthma management and how to have an “asthma friendly” home.

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Assistant Manager of Business Operations

Joining SUHI in June 2019, LaKesha House serves as Assistant Manager of Business Operations. Ms. House brings a myriad of transferable skills, serving previously at Chicago Public School (CPS) as Office Manager of an elementary school and Business Operations Coordinator of CPS’ corporate office. LaKesha improved office functionality by assisting with management of daily operations and CPS’ multi-million dollar budget.

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Epidemiologist III; Director of Sinai Infectious Disease Center (SIDC)

Bijou Hunt serves as the Director of the Sinai Infectious Disease Center (SIDC) under the leadership of SIDC's Medical Director, Dr. Nancy Glick, and is responsible for research and evaluation of SIDC's programming, as well as day-to-day oversight of this grant-funded entity.

Bijou joined SUHI in the fall of 2008 and currently oversees SUHI's work with vital records data, which includes analyzing both birth and death files for Chicago, the US, and other large cities across the nation.

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Director of Community Health Innovations


Stacy Ignoffo is Director of Community Health Innovations, leading and providing direction to SUHI’s community health worker interventions and the Center for CHW Research, Outcomes and Workforce Development (SUHI’s CHW training and consultation center).

Stacy has nearly 20 years of experience developing and implementing programs designed to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities. These include community-based public health initiatives, community-engaged research projects, and initiatives that address policy and systems changes.

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Director of Evaluation

Jackie Jacobs joined SUHI in October 2017 and currently serves as the Director of Evaluation. Jackie has worked on the dissemination of the Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0 and was the Project Director of the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative during CY2018. Jackie oversees the SUHI evaluation portfolio which currently includes a variety of evaluation initiatives in content areas of rehabilitation medicine, domestic violence, health equity, diabetes prevention, behavioral health, and violence prevention.

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Community Health Worker II

Stephanie joined SUHI in May 2016 as a Community Health Educator I for the Helping Her Live Program. In providing breast health awareness, she will navigate women on the west and southwest sides of Chicago through the mammogram process.

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Program Manager

Julie joined SUHI in August 2011 as a Supervisor of Program Initiatives for the Asthma CarePartners program, a collaboration with Family Health Network, a Medicaid funded managed care organization.  The program’s goal is to improve the health of selected children and adults with asthma, utilizing Community Health Workers to educate patients about the disease, triggers and management, in their home and/or over the phone. 

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Community Health Worker III

Rhonda is currently employed as a Community Health Educator for SUHI & Sinai Children’s Hospital. Prior to coming to Sinai, Rhonda worked as an asthma educator teaching adults who were newly diagnosed with COPD or any other related respiratory diseases and on oxygen therapy.Rhonda is a registered respiratory care practitioner who has experience in routine oxygen therapy, acute and chronic respiratory care and asthma care, in addition to special training in neonatal, BPD.

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Epidemiologist II


Paula joined SUHI in January 2019 to work with SUHI’s Health Equity and Assessment Research strategy, focusing on Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0 dissemination activities, planning SUHI’s youth research activism training initiatives, and supporting SUHI’s ongoing internship program with the Chicago Medical School

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Program Manager

Banita joined SUHI in the summer of 2019 as a Program Manager for the Evaluation Technical Assistance Strategy. Banita contributes on a portfolio of evaluation initiatives centered on health disparities and innovative community health interventions. Current content areas include a diabetes prevention initiative and capacity building.

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Community Health Educator III

Aidyn Ocon joined the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) in June 2017 as a Bilingual Community Health Educator ll. Prior to coming to SUHI, Aidyn worked at the Department of Preventive Medicine at RUSH as a Community Health Educator for a diabetes research study. Although employed by Rush, she was based in West town’s Erie Family Health Center for the study. Aidyn has over 3 years of experience in the community health field.

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Training & Intervention Manager

Fatima joined the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) in January of 2015. She has spent nearly a decade working as a CHW, supervising CHWs, and developing and facilitating CHW trainings. Fatima has been instrumental in establishing CROWD – the Center for CHW Research, Outcomes, and Workforce Development. In her current role, Fatima leads CROWD’s training center by overseeing CROWD’s training contracts and leading the CROWD training team to deliver high quality training.

Fatima Padron graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010.

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Epidemiologist II

Charlotte joined SUHI in March 2017 as an Epidemiologist. In her new role she will work on Sinai’s breast health programs, including Helping Her Live. She will be evaluating program performance and updating data collection methods and software in addition to managing data from Sinai’s Clinical Navigation program. 

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Epidemiologist III; Director of Health Equity and Assessment Research

Pam joined SUHI in March 2017 to assist with the dissemination of findings from the Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0. In addition, she helps manage SUHI’s relationship with Chicago Medical School, directing SUHI’s summer and year-long internship programs for CMS students. Pam is also helping support the NIH-funded Improving Sickle Cell Care in Adolescents and Adults in Chicago (ISAAC) project, which aims to address the unique health needs of individuals living with sickle cell disease in the city.

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Epidemiologist II

Nazia joined the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) in November 2015 to provide evaluation technical assistance to local community-based organizations implementing obesity prevention programs. She is now an epidemiologist for the Sinai Asthma Program, which provides home-based interventions to children and adults with poorly-controlled asthma living in the city of Chicago. 

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Supervisor of Asthma Education

Gloria has been with Sinai Children’s Hospital and SUHI in various positions since November 2000. Currently Ms. Seals serves as the Supervisor of Asthma Education for the Asthma CarePartners (ACP) program, providing oversight, training and support to Community Health Educators (CHEs) working in the program. Ms. Seals has worked in the health care field for the past 25 years. She is a respected and known member of the greater Chicago asthma and health communities, having served as an advisor to several programs. 

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Community Health Worker III

Madeline joined SUHI in March 2014 as a Community Health Educator for SUHI’s HUD-funded Adult Asthma Program, entitled Helping Chicago's Westside Adults Breathe and Thrive (HCWABT). She has over 30 years of experience working in child care, customer service and construction inspection. Madeline was born in Moorehead, MS, and as a young child her family moved to Chicago North Lawndale area, where she currently resides. She attended elementary and high school in North Lawndale, and Kenney King College for Early Childhood Development.

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Program Evaluation Manager

Cindy San Miguel joined SUHI Evaluation Team in May 2020. Cindy’s interests are at the intersection of maternal and child health and health equity. Previously, Cindy was the assistant director of the UIC Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. Her past work experience also includes providing lung health education through the Respiratory Health Association at various ambulatory clinics of Cook County Health. She also previously worked as a community-based doula for young mothers in the South-Side of Chicago and was a home visitor for Healthy Start and Family Case management, serving pregnant women and children on Medicaid throughout the Chicagoland area. Cindy has an MPH from the UIC School of Public Health in community health sciences and maternal and child health.  


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Community Health Worker II


Advocating for people is a passion for Alyce Roberson. Prior to joining Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) in March of 2020, Alyce worked as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) where she assisted patient’s disabilities, medications and trained other employees. In addition to a DSP she served as a pharmacy technician for a year. Working In the pharmacy allowed Alyce to be a resource for helping customers feel better. She learned to be have patience and mindful of people who might be experiencing discomfort or pain while waiting for their medications. 

Both roles provided her an opportunity to understand the needs of others and to enhance her empathy and compassion when working with people from a variety of different backgrounds. They also helped her develop a passion to be an advocate and resource for those facing adversity. 


Alyce is grateful for her role as a CHW will give her an opportunity to continue her mission to help people. Her goal is to give back to communities such as West Garfield where she grew up, a goal that’s close to her heart because living there has made her who she is today. 



Associate Director of Health Equity and Assessment

Asma M. Ali Ph.D. is a program evaluation, outcomes, and applied social science researcher who brings over 15 years of experience to her work in healthcare, education, and community development. Ali's work focuses on the intersection of design, research, evaluation, and strategic planning. Specializing in the engagement of non-technical audiences in the research process, she uses design principles to engage healthcare, education, nonprofit, and community development professionals in the evaluation and research process.

She is a popular speaker at regional and national association meetings for non-technical audiences and has blogged for the American Evaluation Association on design, survey development, and assessment topics.  Her PhD in Urban Planning and Policy is from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology is from Loyola University Chicago



Associate Director of Community Health Innovations



Kelly McCabe is the Associate Director of Community Health Innovations, providing leadership and direction for the Community Health Innovations strategy group priorities, development/design/implementation of intervention research, and most recently SUHI’s COVID-19 response and role in the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Contact Tracing Corps.   


Kelly has over fifteen years of experience in health equity workpublic health grant management, and community-based research.  Her experience includes designing, implementing, and evaluating research programs aimed at addressing health disparities in underserved communities.  She brings considerable epidemiological skills to her work in analyzing health data to develop impactful and practical strategies.  Most notably, Kelly’s service in the Peace Corps Paraguay established her commitment to a career rooted in community health. 


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Founder, Former Director

Dr. Whitman was hired to create SUHI in March 2000. He led all evaluations of health interventions and ongoing programs as well as community-based epidemiology. The SUHI staff has grown to 34 employees and work has extended to include a major first-of-its-kind health survey of the City of Chicago and evaluations of the following Sinai health interventions: HIV counseling and testing; pediatric asthma intervention; quality improvement for mammography services; obesity prevention; and diabetes prevention. In the 15 years since SUHI was initiated, Dr. Whitman and his staff have brought in over $32 million in grant funding. He has authored over 100 publications and made over 400 presentations on public health related topics.


Former President

Dr. Sharon Homan, President of the Sinai Urban Health Institute, is a biostatistician and maternal child mental health epidemiologist. Previously, Sharon 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 Forth Worth, Texas.

Her prior experience includes public health leadership and faculty positions with Rockhurst University (Academic Vice President), the Kansas Health Institute (Vice President for Public Health) and Saint Louis University (Professor of Biostatistics).

Sharon 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. Sharon enjoys community volunteering, outdoor life, photography, gardening, biking, and tennis, is married to Ken Homan, PhD, and has four adult children.

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