Upcoming And Recent Events
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. URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a well-known leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs.
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. Known as a stiff competition, other finalists included Aetna, Kaiser Permanante Northern California and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. URAC looks for programs that fulfill their goals of consumer engagement and protection and strongly supports innovative programs that empower individuals to improve their health status. SUHI and FHN are thrilled to have won the Gold Award and to have been included among such a prestigious group of finalists.
Please click on URAC’s press release for additional information.
HHL Participates in McDonald’s First Annual Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk
On Saturday, August 17th, Oreletta Garmon and Dr. Chela Sproles of Helping Her Live participated in the First Annual Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk in Oak Brook, IL. There were over 600 people present. All of the proceeds were donated to three local breast cancer organizations in the Chicagoland area: The Cancer Coalition for Life, Mujeres Latinas En Acción and the Barbara Bates Foundation. The Barbara Bates Foundation donated $50,000 to Helping Her Live last year and continues to be committed to the mission of HHL.
SUHI Director Featured in High School Documentaries
In June, SUHI welcomed two extraordinary young women, Kenya McKinney and Dumanisha Ward, to our monthly all-staff meeting to showcase the work of their senior project, documentaries which feature commentary from SUHI’s Director, Steve Whitman. With the help of teachers and their mentors from Free Spirit Media, the North Lawndale College Prep students selected and secured interview subjects, scheduled interviews, directed filming, and subsequently edited footage for their documentaries, both of which are beautiful and well-designed.
Click here to view Ms. Ward’s documentary, Obesity: Are You a Product of Your Environment?.
Ms. Mc McKinney’s documentary, Extended Life: A Study of Breast Cancer Disparities, can be found here.
SUHI and Friends Gather and Cheer for 2013 Avon Breast Cancer Walkers
The 11th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was held over the weekend of June 1-2, 2013. The walk raised more than $5.2 million this year to advance access to care and to fund breast cancer prevention and treatment research.
On Sunday, June 2nd, over 50 SHS staff members along with friends and family gathered at Buckingham Fountain for what is undeniably the best cheering station of the entire walk route! The Cheering Team then headed over to Avon’s moving Closing Ceremony at Soldier Field, which celebrated the accomplishments of the Chicago Avon Walkers, honored survivors, and announced the awards given to various organizations around the city, including SUHI’s Helping Her Live program! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make this another outstanding event.
“Kids’ Spring into Fitness” Wellness and Recruitment Event
On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Sinai Children’s Hospital Pediatric Weight Management Program, in collaboration with SUHI’s Lawndale Diabetes Project, sponsored “Kids’ Spring into Fitness”. This wellness and recruitment event, held from 2-4pm in the Glasser Auditorium, focused on physical activity, healthy eating and encouraged parents to have their children evaluated for eligibility to enroll in Sinai’s Pediatric Weight Management Program. Funding for “Kids’ Spring into Fitness” and SUHI’s Lawndale Diabetes Project was provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
The event featured face painting, games, and physical activities, including the popular dance fitness workout Zumba. There was a Healthy Food Demonstration by Sinai’s Chef Bob who cooked veggie quesadillas with squash, zucchini, and low-fat cheese on a wheat tortilla accompanied with guacamole made with boiled asparagus, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lemon. At the close of the event, four bikes with associated safety gear were raffled, 2 for girls and 2 for boys, along with other items. Every child left with a prize, which they were thankful for. Thanks to everyone to made this event possible and to Blue Cross Blue Shield for donating the bikes raffled.
Recent Reports & Publications
- West, Joseph F. Public Health Program Planning Logic Model for Community Engaged Type 2 Diabetes Management and Prevention. Evaluation and Program Planning (2013).
- Hunt B, Allgood K, Sproles C, Whitman S. Metrics for the Systematic Evaluation of Community-Based Outreach Journal of Cancer Education. 2013 28(4): 633-638. DOI 1007/s13187-013-0519-4
- West, J. To Fight Bad Suga', Or Diabetes, My Neighborhood Needs More Health Educators. Health Affairs, 32, no.1 (2013):184-187.
- Gutierrez Kapheim, M. and Campbell, J. Community Health Worker Programs in Chicago’s Health Care Institutions: Research and Evaluation. Annual Progress Report. June 2012.
- Whitman S, Orsi J, Hurlbert M. The racial disparity in breast cancer mortality in the 25 largest cities in the United States Cancer Epidemiology 36 (2012) e147–e151.
SUHI In The News
SUHI Hosts Workshop for Team from Baltimore, Maryland
Once again, colleagues from across the country have travelled to Mount Sinai to meet with SUHI to learn more about how we are pursuing population health with the use of our Community Health Worker model. Five persons from the Baltimore area traveled to Chicago July 9-10, 2013 to meet with SUHI staff and to learn about SUHI's Lawndale Diabetes Project, funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. These workshops, of which we have done several, are a new venture for SUHI as we energetically share the idea of pre-primary care as the centerpiece of the “Sinai Model to Eliminate Health Disparities” developed in partnership with the Sinai Health System.
Sinai Asthma Education Training Institute trains CHWs from Detroit
During the week of June 24 – June 28, 2013, a group of five asthma CHWs from Detroit’s Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program (WCHAP) came to SUHI to be trained in asthma management and CHW skills.
The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation has awarded Helping Her Live and Dr. Melissa Simon, a renowned Northwestern physician, a 3-year $300,000 grant to expand the work of the HHL program into Chicago Lawn.
In August 2013, HUD awarded SUHI a grant for $749,931 to translate SUHI's successful pediatric asthma CHW healthy homes model to adults with asthma living on Chicago’s Westside.
SUHI was awarded a grant from the Portes Foundation to partner with the Institute of Medicine of Chicago to conduct an inter-professional conference highlighting best practices of the CHW model in health care settings.
Helping Children Breathe and Thrive featured in The Nation’s Health
SUHI’s HUD-funded Helping Children Breathe and Thrive asthma program appeared in the August edition of The Nation’s Health (the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association). Click here to read.