Upcoming And Recent Events
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.
Free Workshops on CHW Program Design and Evaluation
SUHI will be conducting free, on-site workshops to provide consultation and technical assistance to select Chicago health care agencies interested in uptake of the CHW model or in revising their current CHW programs. These workshops will be hands-on in nature, assisting agencies to look at their current systems and conceptualize how best to incorporate the CHW model. The second half of the workshop focuses on how to evaluate the value-added of CHW programs on the health care system and patient outcomes. If your agency is interested in such training, please contact Jamie Campbell at 773-257-5977. Workshops can be scheduled from March through May 2014. Click here for more information.
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
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.
Recent Reports & Publications
- 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 (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2013.09.009.
- Hunt B, Whitman S, Henry C. Age-Adjusted Diabetes Mortality Rates Vary in Local Communities in a Metropolitan Area: Racial and Spatial Disparities and Correlates. Diabetes Care. Feb 26, 2014. doi: 10.2337/dc13-0988.
- Sproles, C, Kanoon, J. Helping Her Live 2013 Avon Community Navigation Progress Report Chicago, IL: Sinai Urban Health Institute, January 2014
- Gutierrez Kapheim M and Campbell J. Best Practice Guidelines for Implementing and Evaluating Community Health Worker Programs in Health Care Settings. Chicago, IL: Sinai Urban Health Institute, January 2014.
- West, Joseph F. Public Health Program Planning Logic Model for Community Engaged Type 2 Diabetes Management and Prevention. Evaluation and Program Planning (2013).
SUHI In The News
SUHI and the AVON Foundation for Women Publish New Findings in Cancer Epidemiology
SUHI, in partnership with the AVON Foundation for Women, published a paper this week in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, which explores the racial disparity in breast cancer mortality for the 50 biggest US cities over the period 1990-2009. The paper is featured prominently in the Tuesday, March 4th edition of the New York Times. Click here to see an interactive map with graphs for each of the cities examined in the study. read more
SUHI Repeats Landmark Community Health Survey
SUHI is extremely excited to announce that, with support from The Chicago Community Trust (CCT), we are launching the second Sinai Community Health Survey, which will provide robust data about the health of local individuals and communities, and the survey results may direct changes in health programs, efforts, and resources. To read the press release, click here.
Asthma Program Featured in the American Hospital Association's Community Connections
SUHI's Asthma CarePartners program is a featured case study in American Hospital Association’s Community Connections series, an initiative highlighting hospital community outreach programs. Click this link to read the article. read more
Recently Awarded Grants
BCBS of Illinois awarded $575,000 to the Lawndale Diabetes Project for 2014
SUHI received a $150,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust in support of an evaluation capacity buiding initiative.
In December, SUHI received renewed funding from the Michael Reese Health Trust, Roe Health Policy Fund in the amount of $326,000 (over two years) in support of the institute’s efforts to address health disparities and improve monitoring and evaluation of Sinai Community Institute's social services programs.