Upcoming And Recent Events
SUHI Presentations at the American Public Health Association 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Several members of SUHI will be in attendance and presenting at the APHA 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans on November 15-19, 2014. The SUHI presentations will cover a range of issues, including numerous topics within asthma, HIV screening and linkage to care, CHE/CHW models, and serving on the Community Advisory Council. Presentation formats include posters, oral presentations, roundtable discussions, and panels. Click here for more detailed information on the upcoming SUHI presentations.
9th Annual Avon Walk
On June 1, 2014 SUHI hosted its 9th Avon Walk Chicago Cheering Station to support and thank the Avon Walkers for all of the training, walking, and fundraising they completed for the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade. Every walker raised at least $1800 and walked up to 39.3 miles over a two-day period. Sinai and SUHI came out in force with about 80 Sinai Caregivers along with their friends and family attending our Cheering Station at Buckingham Fountain. With about 2 miles left to go for the Walk, the weary and sometimes limping Avon walkers seemed excited when they were greeted with loud cheers, fun music, dancing children, and Sinai’s overwhelming appreciation for their commitment to ending disparities in breast cancer.
Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Forum
The Avon Foundation for Women sponsored a national breast cancer forum entitled “Ensuring Health Equity and Advancing Breast Health Care” in Washington, DC from March 15-18, 2014. Dr. Steve Whitman, Bijou Hunt, and members of the Helping Her Live team (Dr. Chela Sproles, Oreletta Garmon, Maria Trujillo, and Jana Stringfellow-Estell) were invited to attend. Dr. Whitman spoke about his newly published article “Increasing Black:White disparities in breast cancer mortality in the 50 largest cities in the United States” and Bijou Hunt presented "Metrics for the Systematic Evaluation of Community-Based Outreach."
Conference on CHW Programs in Health Care
On January 24th, SUHI in partnership with IOMC hosted a conference to inform health care professionals of the benefits and best practices of employing CHWs in health care. Approximately 150 people attended. During the event, SUHI unveiled its evidence-based Best Practice Guidelines for Implementing and Evaluating Community Health Worker Programs in Health Care Settings, the result of a two-year project generously funded by the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. The guidelines provide options in decision-making and solutions to common challenges faced by programs. It is our intention that this work will lead to increased uptake of the CHW model, positive improvements to current programs, and ultimately improved health and quality of life for vulnerable communities. Following the conference, there will be follow-up workshops as described below.
SUHI Asthma Team Wins Prestigious Best Practices Award
Together with Family Health Network (FHN), SUHI’s Asthma CarePartners program (ACP) won the Gold Award in the Health Plan category at the URAC 2013 Awards for Best Practices. The awards were presented during a black-tie awards dinner gala held in conjunction with URAC’s 2013 Quality Summit, September 30 – October 2, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.
Please click on URAC’s press release for additional information.
Recent Reports & Publications
- Whitman S, Shah A, Benjamins M, West J. Using Survey Data to Improve Health: Community Outreach and Collaboration. In Johnson TP (ed). Handbook of Health Survey Methods (Chapter 13). Wiley, 2014.
- Hunt, BR. Whitman, S. Black:White Health Disparities in the United States and Chicago: 1990–2010. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (2014), doi: 10.1007/s40615-014-0052-0.
- Benjamins MR and Whitman S. Relationships Between Discrimination in Health Care and Health Care Outcomes among Four Race/Ethnic Groups. (2014). Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37 (3): 402-413.
- Hunt BR, Deot D, Whitman S. Stroke Mortality Rates Vary in Local Communities in a Metropolitan Area: Racial and Spatial Disparities and Correlates. Stroke. May 30, 2014. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.005431
- Allgood KL, Rauscher GH, Whitman S, Vasquez-Jones G, Shah AM. Validating self-reported mammography use in vulnerable communities: findings and recommendations. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention. 2014. 23(8); 1649-1658.
SUHI In The News
Position Announcement: Sinai Urban Health Institute President
The Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) seeks a passionate, highly accomplished President to lead its nationally recognized, unique research institute in Chicago, Illinois.
To learn more about this position, click here.
Advocate Physician Partners and the Sinai Urban Health Institute Collaboration to Integrate Community Health Workers into Advocate Health System
The Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) is excited to embark on a year-long project with Advocate Physician Partners. Starting in September 2014, SUHI will guide and train Advocate in all aspects of the Community Health Worker (CHW) model, assisting with the incorporation of CHWs into Advocate’s health care system.
Health & Medicine Honors helping her Live for work combating health disparities in underserved communities
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group has announced the recipients of the 2014 HMPRG Awards representing leaders in the fields of medicine, policy, public health, and advocacy. Sinai Urban Health Institute Program Helping Her Liveis among the nine 2014 winners and received the Group Award recognizing the organization’s work reducing health disparities and improving care for women affected by breast cancer in Chicago’s North Lawndale and Humboldt Park communities.
Governor Pat Quinn signs House Bill 5412 at Sinai Community Institute, formally recognizing CHWs
On July 31, 2014, the Sinai Community Institute was selected as the host location for the signing of House Bill 5412, by Governor Pat Quinn, sponsored by State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and State Senator David Koehler (D-Peoria). The bill formally recognizes “community health worker” (CHW) as a profession, and creates the Illinois CHW Advisory Board to recommend certification requirements for these healthcare professionals to ensure quality care for Illinois residents.
SUHI Founder and Director, Steve Whitman, Passes Away
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Steve Whitman, PhD, the founder and long-time director of the Sinai Urban Health Institute. Dr. Whitman was a humanitarian, social justice advocate, and a giant in the fields of urban epidemiology and translational research.