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Jessica E. Ramsay joined SUHI in May 2011. Since then, she has worked as the program coordinator and intervention director on two consecutive asthma and healthy homes interventions funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, aimed at improving asthma management and overall quality of life for both children and adults living on Chicago¹s underserved Westside. Jessica also facilitates SUHI’s asthma and core skills training for CHWs at SUHI and outside organizations through the Sinai Asthma Education and Training Institute (SAETI).
Currently, she is the CHW trainer/intervention director for the CHICAGO (Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Gaps in Outcomes) Trial, a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The CHICAGO Trial is a collaboration between six different emergency departments in the city of Chicago and is a three-arm pragmatic trial to evaluate interventions to improve pediatric asthma management in inner city Chicago children. One of the arms is the CHW home-visit model in which SUHI is an expert. Prior to her joining SUHI, Jessica worked as a bilingual lung health educator on the Healthy Lungs Initiative through the Respiratory Health Association (RHA), providing both one-on-one and group asthma education and smoking cessation counseling to patients in the Cook County inpatient and outpatient clinics. She has done a significant amount of work in Chicago’s underserved communities, including research and program planning as a part of her Master¹s Degree in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her experiences have greatly contributed to her strong passion for social justice and belief that educating and empowering communities is the key to improving health and the general well-being of the public.
M.P.H., Community Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
B.A., Psychology & Spanish, Ohio University, 2005