Upcoming And Recent Events
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.
The Dragon Lady Lounge Show: A Helping Her Live (HHL) Fundraiser
In October 2013, SUHI’s HHL program partnered with Robert Castillo of the Dragon Lady Lounge to host a cocktail party and drag show to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer disparities in the city. The fundraising event featured performances by over 10 drag entertainers, specialty cocktails, cupcakes by Sandy Cakes, and Mexican “paletas” from Arco Iris, and raffle prizes worth over $300. Proceeds from cocktails and all tips made by the drag performers were graciously donated to the HHL program, totaling $800 for HHL’s mission to combat breast health disparities in Chicago
Recent Reports & Publications
- 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.
- Hunt BR, Whitman S, Hurlbert M. Increasing Black:White disparities in breast cancer mortality in the 50 largest cities in the United States. Cancer Epidemiology (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2013.09.009.
SUHI In The News
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.
SUHI and Sinai Emergency Department Participating in Collaborative Trial to Improve Health Outcomes in Kids with Asthma
SUHI/Sinai is part of a multi-site asthma collaborative that was recently awarded a $4 million, three-year contract by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcome Trial, or CHICAGO Trial, is designed to investigate how health outcomes for Black and Latino children with uncontrolled asthma might best be optimized. The focus is on filling gaps concerning how to best implement asthma guidelines in the emergency department.
SUHI’s Kim Artis, Community Health Worker, Selected as the Winner of the International REAL Award
Kim Artis, Community Health Worker (CHW) for SUHI’s HUD-funded asthma program, was selected out of several nominees worldwide for the REAL Award in the CHW Category. The REAL Award, sponsored by the Save the Children Foundation, “…was created to celebrate the work of a truly deserving group of people; healthcare workers who are saving lives every day around the world.” Click here for more information about the award and to see Kim’s honoree profile: http://therealawards.com/nominees/814.