January 2022
CHAS eNews
Policy Brief
Violence Here and Violence There: How Compound Violence Drives Undocumented Mexicans’ Migration to and Settlement in the United States
In this paper, Angela García (CHAS Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice) and a team of researchers from the University of Chicago highlight how contemporary Mexican migration to the United States is conventionally interpreted as voluntary economic migration, obscuring violence as a driver of migration and settlement. In this study, researchers focus on violence as a driver of migration and interview undocumented Mexican adults in the United States to examine the experiences of violence across communities of origin, transit, and destination. The researchers also develop a theoretical framework of compound violence to conceptualize that an arc of physical, legal, and anticipatory violence contributes to migration decisions and permanent settlement. This study provides a more holistic view of the US-Mexico migration flow and complicates the voluntary-forced migration binary. Read the complete paper below.
Service Innovation
Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services in Midwestern Community Health Centers: A Mixed Methods Study
In this new publication, a team of researchers including Neda Laiteerapong (CHAS Fellow and UChicago Associate Professor of Medicine) propose that integrating primary care and behavioral care within community health centers (CHC) is an important strategy to improving health behaviors, mental health, and substance misuse. In this study, the researchers used responses from surveys that were sent to 128 CHCs across the Midwest in 2016. The survey received a 60% response rate and most CHCs indicated that they had integrated behavioral health and primary care services through warm hand-offs, shared scheduling and electronic health record systems, and depression and substance use disorder screening. 32 of the CHCs indicated that they had completed integration and were focused on quality improvement and maintenance, which was associated with having a psychologist on staff, a system for tracking referrals, a registry, patient-centered medical home designation, and having a lower proportion of Black/African American patients. The study also revealed that the most common barriers to integration were difficulty recruiting and retaining behavioral health clinicians and inadequate reimbursement. The study shows that CHCs have implemented many foundational components of integrated behavioral health and that future work should address barriers to integration and racial disparities in access to integrated services. Read the complete paper below.
Upcoming Lectures
Save the dates for Spring Michael M. Davis Lectures! Register now and stay tuned for lecture details.

4/05/2022 @ 1pm CDT
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4/12/2022 @ 1pm CDT
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4/19/2022 @ 1pm CDT
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4/26/2022 @ 1pm CDT
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5/03/2022 @ 1pm CDT
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5/10/2022 @ 1pm CDT
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5/17/2022 @ 1pm CDT
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CHAS Podcasts
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
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
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Listen to "Using a Social Work Approach in Community Policing"
Listen to the second episode in the new UChicago Crown Family School Podcast, which features a conversation with Harold Pollack, our Co-Director and Crown Family School Professor, and Thomas J. Dart, Cook County, IL Sheriff, about policing and mental and behavioral health.
Watch Davis eLectures Online
Our Autumn 2021 Davis eLecture Series is over, but you can watch lectures from this past quarter on our YouTube channel. We'll be back in Spring 2022!
Reminder: Booster Requirement
As announced on Monday, December 20, the University will require students and employees to receive a COVID-19 booster shot once they are eligible as part of the COVID-19 precautions. Employees will need to submit proof of receiving a booster shot or apply for an approved exemption by January 31, 2022. Students will need to submit proof of receiving a booster shot or apply for an approved exemption by January 24, 2022. As a reminder, October 15 was the deadline for all employees to take one of the required steps to comply with the University’s employee vaccination requirement.