Upcoming And Recent Events
Forum Updates Progress of CHW Profession in Illiniois
SUHI co-sponsored the 2013 Community Health Worker (CHW) Forum in partnership with the CHW Local Network and other Chicago-area partners. One hundred sixty-three CHWs, researchers, funders, and health professionals attended the conference held at the UIC Student Center East on Friday, January 25th. The Forum was an invigorating day of discussion and feedback regarding efforts to further the CHW profession in Illinois. SUHI staff Jamie Campbell presented on the emerging role of CHWs in health care settings and Rhonda Lay facilitated small group discussion on policy issues surrounding CHW training and certification.
Diabetes Program December 2012 Toy-Give Away
On December 24, 2012, the Lawndale Diabetes Team hosted a toy give-away to benefit the children of North and South Lawndale clients. The morning of the event, families arrived at the Glasser Auditorium of Mount Sinai Hospital; their children were excited and expectant. A light snack was served while waiting for guests to arrive. In addition to the toy give-away, two bicycles were raffled that day; one for a boy and one for a girl. Throughout the room there was happiness and laughter as children played together. The Lawndale Diabetes Program appreciates all staff that helped out and made this day possible and offers a special thanks to Tondalaya Shepard-Turner, Director of Volunteer Services, for organizing the Sinai Toy Drive and blessing so many families.
In December 2012, the Lawndale Diabetes Project hosted a community Diabetes Awareness and Cooking Demonstration at Leamington Foods, a valued partner in supporting diabetes awareness since the project's inception in 2009. Diabetes educators gathered at Leamington to conduct a diabetes awareness survey, as well as a diabetes assessment which would tell individuals if they were at risk for the disease. Community members received diabetes education, nutritional tips, and assistance in connecting with a physician, as needed.
The highlight of the event was Chef David Blackmon, of the Chicago Public Schools, who took center stage cooking a Holiday Diabetes-Friendly Meal. On the menu: Sautéed Collard Greens with Cannellini Beans and Lemon Zest, Orzo Pasta, Harvest Grain Salad, and Stuffed Chicken Breast with a Jerked Pineapple Salsa. Samples of the dishes and recipes were available to anyone who attended the demonstration.
“Knocking Out Breast Cancer” Fundraiser and Fashion Show
On October 28th 2012, the Barbara Bates Foundation joined forces with the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation to fight breast cancer with fashion. Fifty beautiful breast cancer survivors modeled the latest looks of fashion designer and fellow breast cancer survivor, Barbara Bates. The fashion show featured local news personalities, among them Fox News Anchor Robin Robinson as Emcee and ABC News Reporter Roz Varon as a model and fellow breast cancer survivor.
As a North Lawndale resident, Ms. Bates wanted to give back to her community and to those who helped her triumph over breast cancer. Proceeds from the event, totaling $50,000, will benefit the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sinai Health System and SUHI’s Helping Her Live: Gaining Control of Breast Cancer Program.
SUHI's Presence is Strong at APHA!
The 140thAmerican Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting will be held in San Francisco, CA October 27, 2012 – October 31, 2012. Several SUHI staff will present at the conference. Click here for the schedule of SUHI’s 13 presentations at APHA.
Recent Reports & Publications
- 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.
- Allgood K, Rauscher G, Whitman S. Screening Mammography Need, Utilization and Capacity in Chicago: Can We Fulfill Our Mission and Our Promises? In N. Uchiyama & M. Zanchetta do Nascimento (Eds.), Mammography - Recent Advances. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech.
- Benjamins MR, Hirschman J, Hirschtick J, and Whitman S. Exploring Differences in Self-Rated Health among Blacks, Whites, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans. Ethnicity and Health, 2012. DOI 10.1080/13557858.2012.654769.
SUHI In The News
Discrimination in Health Care
SUHI Researchers Maureen Benjamins and Steve Whitman have just published a new article on discrimination in health care. This article, Relationships between Discrimination in Health Care and Health Care Outcomes among Four Race/Ethnic groups, was published online in March in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine (DOI: 10.1007/s10865-013-9496-7).
Many studies have found that discrimination is detrimental to health, but less is known about the influence of discrimination that takes place specifically in a health care setting. To address this, the current study compared levels of racial/ethnic discrimination in health care among four race/ethnic groups and looked at associations between this type of discrimination and health care outcomes.
Asthma Project Description Video
SUHI has partnered with Family Health Network, a Medicaid managed care plan, to provide a comprehensive asthma management education to patients whose asthma may not be well controlled. Click here to view a project description video featuring the testimony of a sixteen year-old girl and her mother, as they describe the improved quality of life they experienced due to the program and help of Community Health Educator, Ms. Pat Perkins.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Renews Partnership with Asthma Program
After a successful pilot year, the Asthma CarePartners (ACP) program, a collaborative partnership between SUHI and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), has been funded for another year. The ACP program utilizes Community Health Workers (CHWs) to deliver comprehensive asthma management education, including trigger reduction and hands-on demonstration of proper medical device technique to help adults and caregivers of children with asthma improve asthma control and lead more healthy and active lives.
HHL Receives Funding from Avon Foundation
SUHI's Helping Her Live (HHL) Project received renewed funding in the amount of $250,000 from the Avon Foundation to continue its efforts in addressing disparities in breast cancer mortality on the Westside of Chicago. Avon has supported this community navigation intervention since its inception in 2007. HHL staff employs a variety of community outreach methods to target women in North Lawndale and Humboldt Park and help them obtain routine mammogram screening and timely follow-up diagnostic and treatment services, as needed. Throughout the past year, HHL has helped an average of 45 or more women per month obtain such services and with this renewed funding we look forward to continuing to provide this needed assistance in these underserved communities.
SUHI and Sinai Community Institute (SCI) Host the Hamilton Health Sciences Team
On a sunny October day, SUHI and SCI welcomed 13 visitors from Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada to Chicago for a two day workshop. Eager to learn more about "The Sinai Model" and "Pre-Primary Care," the Canadian group had contacted SUHI after Ms. Teresa Smith, President of Hamilton Hospital, had read our book, Urban Health: Combating Disparities with Local Data.