June 2021
CHAS eNews
Service Innovation
Community-clinic linkages for promoting HIV prevention: organizational networks for PrEP client referrals and collaborations
Findings from a new study co-authored by John Schneider (CHAS Fellow and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Chicago) indicate a potential to leverage collaborations into PrEP referral pathways, to enhance PrEP promotion efforts, and to identify opportunities to address racial disparities in PrEP uptake. In this study, researchers examine how community-clinic linkages may help communities increase PrEP uptake, noting that referrals from community-based organizations may be particularly important for linking Black men who have sex with men (MSM) to PrEP. The study describes PrEP referral and HIV/STI prevention networks among organizations that serve MSM in Chicago and Houston, and compares network positions of organizations based on the percentage of Black/African American clients served. Researchers found that most organizations conducted PrEP awareness/promotion activities, but fewer made PrEP referrals, with little overlap between the collaboration and referral networks. The study also showed that networks tended to have a densely connected core group of organizations and a peripheral group of organizations linking into the core with few ties among themselves. While this core/periphery structure is efficient, it is also vulnerable to disruptions. The authors note that the percentage of Black/African American clients the organizations served was not related to most measures of network centrality. However, in Houston’s collaboration network, higher Black-serving organizations tended not to hold as influential positions for controlling communications or flows of resources. Read the complete study below.
Development, implementation, and use of an “equity lens” integrated into an institutional quality scorecard
A team of researchers including Marshall Chin (CHAS Fellow and Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago) developed an "equity lens" to systematically track healthcare equity across healthcare provider organizations and to allow healthcare employees to directly interact with the data. From May to August 2019, they enhanced the data architecture and reporting functionality of their existing institutional quality scorecard to allow direct comparisons of quality measure performance by gender, age, race, ethnicity, language, zip code, and payor. Researchers made the Equity Lens available to more than 4000 staff in September 2019 for 82 institutional quality measures. Early use of the Equity Lens tool evaluated hypertension control and readmissions by race, identifying potential inequities. This is the first description of an interactive equity lens integrated into an institutional quality scorecard made available to healthcare system employees. Furthermore, early evidence suggests that the tool can be used to inform quality improvement initiatives. Read the complete paper below.
Upcoming Lectures
Michael M. Davis Lectures: 2021 Autumn Quarter to be announced soon. Save the dates below!

10/05/2021 @12:30 pm CDT

10/12/2021 @12:30 pm CDT

10/19/2021 @12:30 pm CDT

10/26/2021 - No lecture

11/02/2021 @12:30 pm CDT

11/09/2021 @12:30 pm CDT

11/16/2021 @12:30 pm CDT
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
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
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CHAS 2021 Seed Grant Awardees Announced
CHAS is pleased to announce the following UChicago faculty as recipients of 2021-2023 CHAS Seed Grants. Faculty projects will be added to the CHAS website soon.

Joshua D. Gottlieb, PhD
Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy
Deputy Director, Becker-Friedman Institute, Health Economics Initiative
Robert Kaestner, PhD
Research Professor, Harris School of Public Policy
Research Associate (Fellow), National Bureau of Economic Research
Anna Volerman Beaser, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of General Academic Pediatrics

Congratulations to the funded faculty researchers!
Watch Michael M. Davis eLectures on YouTube
Each academic quarter, the Center for Health Administration Studies sponsors the Michael M. Davis Lecture Series, which brings renowned policy experts, researchers, and commentators to the University to explore the intersection of health policy and the broad needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. If you missed a lecture, you can access the recording of any lecture on our YouTube channel and watch at your leisure!