July 15, 2021
Home to the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC)
and Northwestern Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program (NP3) 
Current resources and services focus primarily on research:

Partnership brokering & development

Workshops, seminars & team training
Funding opportunities

Consultations, proposal review & support

 Patient, Clinician & Stakeholder Engagement

To learn more, please visit our website
The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) and Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NHM) fund seed grants that support the development of partnerships and projects that engage communities and stakeholders most impacted by health inequities in research collaboration with Northwestern research teams. Honoring and centering the expertise and lived experience of communities increases the trustworthiness, relevance, quality, and impact of health research. The Seed Grant program has been revised to have a stronger focus on racial equity and addressing root causes of inequities.

In Round 14, ARCC awarded $170,000 in seed grants to support the development and growth of 14 community-engaged research partnerships to improve health equity. Each award supports a partnership that includes a community lead from a local community organization and an academic lead from Northwestern University.

Research Pilot Grants: Abstracts for each funded partnership are available here.

Partnership Development Grants:
Summaries for Cycle 1 funded partnerships are available here.
Summaries for Cycle 2 funded partnerships are available here.
Congratulations to CCH faculty member Marquita Lewis-Thames, Phd, MPH, MS who was selected as a 2021 Northwestern Peppers Scholar! She will be developing a telehealth tool to enhance cancer care for rural older adult survivors with cancer-related distress.

The Pepper Scholars Program is designed to train future leaders in geriatrics. Over three years, five Pepper Scholars are selected per year from a pool of competitive junior faculty applicants. Read more about Dr. Lewis-Thames and this year's scholars here.
The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) relies on the strength and vision of our talented steering committee to guide our work. We want to express our gratitude to two members who are completing their terms.
Thank you to the Ecker Center for Behavioral Health for being an outstanding community steering committee member organization for years! Carlos Chavez, Prevention Specialist has been their engaged and thoughtful member representative! Please visit their website to support the work of Ecker Center here.
Thank you to Lisa Kuhns, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital for her service as an academic member. We appreciated her intentional reflection, mentorship of other engaged researchers, and innovative ARCC seed grant work with the Brothers Health Collective.
In addition, ARCC’s Community and Academic Steering Committee Co-Chairs provide leadership to ensure forward momentum towards action and community impact. We are deeply appreciative of the time and dedication required to lead in this role, especially during challenging times like today. ARCC extends our sincerest appreciation to our phenomenally talented outgoing Co-Chairs: 2019-2021 Community Co-Chair, Candace Henley, Chief Surviving Officer and Founder of The Blue Hat Foundation, and 2019 -2021 Academic Co-Chair, Tara Gill, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital . Tara completed her term in December and Candace will complete her term in August. Both are continuing as members.

ARCC will share information about incoming new Steering Committee members and Co-Chairs in a future newsletter.
One way that the Center for Community Health (CCH) is helping translate research findings into practice more quickly is through Stakeholder-Academic Resource Panels (ShARPs)
Upcoming Session Opportunity:
A team from Northwestern University and Alliance Chicago are working to explore COVID-19 vaccination patient education strategy for Black and Latino adults living in South Chicago neighborhoods

We are inviting stakeholders with a range of expertise to join this discussion:
·        Latino adults living in Harvey, Dolton, or Lynwood
·        Black adults living in Harvey, Dolton, or Lynwood
·        Individuals working closely with south Chicago residents as:
o  Community Based Organization representatives
o  Social workers
o  Case managers

Sessions will take place:
August 2021
For more Information on upcoming ShARPs:
Contact Josefina Serrato, josefina.serrato@northwestern.edu
To request a ShARP or learn more about other CCH consultation services,
Email click here or visit  here
Chicago Departmentt of Public Health Healthy Chicago Seed Grants 2021: $20,000 for community organizations for internal capacity building strategies and to cover cost of 2 staff members/volunteers participate in learning cohort. Goal is to improve public health of the city by addressing racism as a root cause of underlying health conditions. Deadline: July 16.
Chicagoland Vaccine Partnership Grant: $1 million to support ongoing community mobilization efforts around COVID-19 vaccine. Accepting proposals from organizations that demonstrate deep community relationships in geographic areas most impacted by COVID-19. These vaccine outreach grants are flexible so they can support whatever activities you believe will be most effective in reaching communities you serve. Individual orgs can apply for up to $25K; multiple collaborating orgs can apply for up to $75K. Deadline: July 26.
The Center for Community Health is supported, in part, by the
Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Grant Number UL1TR001422 from the National Center for
Advancing Translational Sciences, Clinical and Translational Sciences Award
and the
Institute of Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM).
Center for Community Health