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Welcome to the Sinai Urban Health Institute

Upcoming And Recent Events

  • 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.

  • 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

Recent Reports & Publications

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SUHI In The News


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.

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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.

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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:

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SUHI epidemiologists featured in Science Careers article

Science Careers published an article featuring the work of two SUHI epidemiologists, Kristi Allgood and Bijou Hunt, as well as the work being done through the Avon-funded breast health projects at SUHI.  The article provides a brief history of SUHI's work in the field of breast cancer and also highlights the importance of both hospital- and community-based navigation in addressing racial disparities in breast cancer mortality.  Click here to read the full article.

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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.

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