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Sinai Health System and DePaul University come together to address health inequities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 31, 2020
CHICAGO — Sinai Health System and DePaul University announce today they will join forces to address critical health inequities in Chicago through the creation of a community-driven, applied research institute. Sinai Health System’s research arm, Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI), and DePaul will collaborate on education, research projects, and development and implementation of clinical and community programs aimed at addressing social and health equity challenges.
“Sinai and DePaul both share more than a century of commitment to serving Chicago,” said Karen Teitelbaum, President and CEO of Sinai Health System. “We have already been working together with DePaul to train the next generation of health providers. This collaboration is an extension of our shared mission to understand the needs of our communities and develop people and programs that will offer real solutions to address inequity and move the needle for social justice.”
A memorandum of understanding signed by Sinai and DePaul is intended to foster more opportunities for the institutions to work together. The agreement includes providing shared education programs for students and researchers, jointly pursuing research and grant opportunities, sharing expertise and data, and promoting sustainable community-academic partnerships aimed at addressing health inequities.
DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., said, “There is a true intersection of mission and service for DePaul to work hand-in-hand with a safety net health system like Sinai. This new endeavor is closely tied to our roots, in particular to the charitable service by St. Louise de Marillac working with St. Vincent de Paul in caring for the sick and poor in 17th century France. This collaboration will enable DePaul to expand our health sciences portfolio and provide students and faculty with unmatched opportunities for practical, hands-on work that puts them in a position to identify and propose solutions to health inequities in Chicago and beyond.”
SUHI and DePaul will co-create a community-driven research institute to conduct solutions-focused research. The institute will engage with community members, leaders and organizations in research and action to assess and address health and social inequities. Part of the institute’s joint mission will be to develop and apply cutting-edge collective impact evaluation tools and practices to determine the most effective solutions.
The work will bring together expertise from across SUHI researchers and DePaul faculty, and provide opportunities for students to take research and data off the shelf and put it to work in the community.
“DePaul faculty and students will have the chance to participate in research and job-shadowing clinical internships and other programs that will provide practical experiences with public health research and service,” said Salma Ghanem, DePaul’s Interim Provost. “This latest collaboration with SUHI will build on the work being done in a fellowship program established earlier this year in which four DePaul faculty members began new studies in the Unequal Cities project on racial inequities in mortality in our country’s largest cities.”
DePaul also will bring faculty expertise and new research opportunities to SUHI, and each institution will share applicable public health data and online resources, technical expertise and participate in joint research and grant applications.
“We’re excited to expand our educational and research capacities, better leverage grant opportunities and also provide front-line clinical experiences for students. Working together, we can really bring research to life and use data to develop solutions that will truly impact people’s health and lives,” said Helen Margellos-Anast, President of Sinai Urban Health Institute.
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, 654 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits and eight physician residency training programs. For more information, visit www.sinai.org.
About DePaul University
DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the U.S. with more than 22,000 students and 300+ academic and professional programs. Established in Chicago in 1898, DePaul continues to strengthen what makes it unique: respected academics, real-world knowledge, and a commitment to social responsibility, all informed by the place it calls home — the multicultural city of Chicago. The university’s distinctive mission establishes a strong foundation of inclusive liberal-arts education, religious pluralism, and social justice — responsibilities that endure in the life of the university today. More at www.depaul.edu.
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