August 2020
CHAS eNews
Disaster Preparedness and Social Justice in a Public Health Emergency
"Catastrophes provide a basic test of political and economic institutions to protect every member of our society." Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration and CHAS Committee member Harold Pollack has provided a thoughtful analysis on disaster preparedness shortcomings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses the accompanying implications for social justice. Dr. Pollack affirms that social justice in catastrophe requires strong social insurance structures and legal protections for the most vulnerable people, who would otherwise lack economic resources and political influence to protect their essential interests. Per his policy analysis, he advocates emergency public health response also requires a national and global public health enterprise, one that is funded and operated on a level commensurate with the financing and operation of personal health services. the most important failures of the COVID-19 pandemic have been structural and institutional, not specific mistakes made in the moment by key decision-makers. Please find the article link below to read the full PDF policy review.
Black Cisgender Women's PrEP Knowledge, Attitudes, Preferences, and Experience in Chicago
Despite ground-breaking work to increase pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) awareness and uptake in Chicago, success in improving PrEP uptake among black cisgender women remains extremely low. Research into interventions to increase PrEP uptake and adherence in other disproportionately impacted groups, such as men of color who have sex with men and transgender women, is ongoing in many high burden areas in the United States. A Chicagoland research team, including CHAS Fellow and SSA Associate Professor Alida Bouris, designed a mixed-methods study examining PrEP knowledge, attitudes, preferences, and experiences among PrEP-naive and PrEP-initiated cisgender women to identify preferred intervention and implementation strategies that can increase PrEP uptake. This study found significant inequity in PrEP use among women compared with their need. Please refer to the article link below to read the study's methods and findings.

Matthew C. Aalsma, PhD, HSPP
Indiana University
10/6/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Christina Andrews, PhD, MSW
University of South Carolina
10/13/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Susan Stone, PhD
UC Berkeley
10/20/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Prachi Sanghavi, PhD, MA
The University of Chicago
10/27/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

11/3/2020: No lecture.

Jonathan Ozik, PhD
Argonne National Laboratory
11/10/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Robert Kaestner, PhD, MA
The University of Chicago
11/17/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT
Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System
Dr. Tina Sacks, AM ’98, PhD ’13 Assistant Professor
School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley
Surgeon General of California; Author of The Deepest Well; CEO/Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness
The Importance of Community Asset Mapping, Medical Integration with Social Sciences, and Youth Involvement
Dr. Stacy Lindau, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine, UChicago Medicine and CIO/Founder of NowPow