April 1, 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

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Dear valued Center for Community Health partners and colleagues,
 
The Center for Community Health (CCH) Racial Equity Work Group is proud to share this update about the intention and work done thus far towards building a more equitable and anti-racist Center. Our overall goal is to model anti-racism through concrete actions, leverage our power and position as an academic research entity within Northwestern University, and advocate for institutional and systemic change to dismantle structural racism. 
 
We believe this work must first start with internal evaluation, individual and institutional level self-evaluation, and level-setting. Recently, the work group applied for and the Center was selected for a six-session Equity Series for CCH faculty and staff (via Northwestern University Office of Equity). This training provides a space for CCH team members to discuss equity and racism and the barriers that prevent future actionable change. To date, we have completed three of six training sessions and are scheduled to complete the series in June 2021. 
 
Our goals for this Equity Series:
1)   Develop a clear understanding of key concepts and a common vocabulary so people in the Center can begin to use a “racial equity lens” as they analyze institutional racism.  
2)   Learn to talk about race constructively within research teams and at the institutional level 
3)   Gain skills to address racism at personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels and apply this in daily work.
4)   Use the Equity Series as a springboard to identify opportunities and actions for applying concepts and strategies to advance equity and justice at the Center, institutional, and community levels. 
 
About this work group:
This work group is committed to including community representation and a community co-leadership model to ensure accountability to the communities that we serve. We are currently in the initial stages of this process and seek to build a structure of accountability and community governance before any concrete decisions about the direction of this work are made. Community partners, if you are interested in partnering with CCH on this transformational work, please contact us at CCH@northwestern.edu to learn more. We welcome your questions and look forward to hearing and learning from you!
 
This work group’s commitment:
  • Regular communication on progress of CCH racial equity work within and beyond CCH
  • Dedication to community leadership and decision-making power to ensure accountability to CCH community partners and the community at-large
  • Intentionality in modeling the change we want to see within the Center, Northwestern, and the community at large through setting specific, actionable, and measurable goals 
 
Again, if you are interested in learning more about how to contribute your thoughts, suggestions, time or talents as an equal partner in this solution-building process, please contact us at CCH@northwestern.edu
 
We look forward to building a racial equity framework with actionable steps to change the status quo and create intentional practices. This is a journey and we are committed to taking the time and advocating for the resources necessary to ensure meaningful changes to your Center for Community Health.
 
Sincerely,
 
The CCH Racial Equity Workgroup
The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) announces the recipients of the 1st cycle of 2021 Partnership Development Seed Grants that support the development of partnerships that engage Chicagoland communities and stakeholders most impacted by health inequities in research collaboration with Northwestern research teams. Each $5000 award. supports a partnership that includes a community lead from a local community organization and an academic lead from Northwestern University. These awards are funded by Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH).

• It’s a Family Affair: Establishing a Community-Based Research Partnership to Develop a Culturally Tailored, Family-Centered Dementia Caregiving Program. Tonya Roberson, Helping Communities Help Themselves, and Rachel O'Conor, General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine

• Exploring possibilities of nature as medicine in Humboldt Park to develop a sustainable patient-centered outcomes research program. Lucy Gomez-Feliciano, Chicago Park District, and Gloria Redondo, Family & Community Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

• Bolstering a Latinx Community Research Partnership to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. Luis Roman, Association Of Latina/o/x Motivating Action, and Gregory Phillips II, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine

• Building a multisector coalition to explore research opportunities that address food insecurity and health disparities in South Asian communities. Margaret Clauson, Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69, and Namratha Kandula, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

• Building a Chicago-area Research Partnership to Improve Family Supports for Parents with Different Abilities (POC-focus) - From Lived Experience Research to Practice. Kimberly Svevo-Cianci, Changing Children's Worlds Foundation, and Heather Risser, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine

Summaries for each funded partnership are available here.

Applications are being accepted for ARCC 2021 Research Pilot (due April 29) and second cycle of Partnership Development Seed Grants (due May 27).
CCH Can Help

Date and Time: Thursday, April 8th from 1pm-2pm CST
Location: Via Zoom - registration required 

In keeping with best practices in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) at Northwestern University, continues to hold our ARCC Community Office Hours virtually.
 
These Community Office Hours will also include an Info Session on ARCC 2021 Community-Engaged Research Seed Grants. This is a great opportunity to ask ARCC staff any questions you may have about this funding opportunity.
 
ARCC holds Community Office Hours to:
♦ meet and greet new & current partners (community, faith-based and patient advocacy organizations, and public agencies),
♦ share ARCC resources/services for engaged community-academic research partnerships,
♦ answer questions about research, health equity, ARCC, and
♦ hear community requests/concerns
 
Register to join us on April 8th HERE.
The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) hosted a "Meet & Greet" discussion last week with new community co-director Shehara Waas.

Watch the presentation recording or view the slides to learn more about Shehara's focus on equity, values-based research, community accountability, & her goals & aspirations for ARCC.

To learn more about Shehara and her background, read the recent profile from from the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATShere.
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
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