June 25, 2021
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and Northwestern Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program (NP3) 
Current resources and services focus primarily on research:

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Funding opportunities

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The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released The State of Health for Blacks in Chicago, a first of its kind data brief describing the health status of Chicago’s Black population and the root cause inequities disproportionately affecting the lives of Black Chicagoans. The brief provides an in-depth look at the top drivers of the life expectancy gap between Black Chicagoans and non-Black Chicagoans, which is 9.2 years and rising. That gap widens even further when comparing specific neighborhoods – for example, it jumps to 14.6 years between predominately white Edison Park (83.1 years) and majority Black West Garfield Park (68.5 years).

The brief is the result of the work of a group of five Black women from CDPH who formed the Health Equity Index Committee (HEIC). The working group applied their diverse skills and expertise—including data analysis, community engagement, and research—to present a unique perspective on how to define, measure, analyze and discuss health and health equity for Black Chicagoans.

The CDPH Health Equity Index Committee (HEIC) is Blair Aikens, Dana Harper, Rachelle Paul-Brutus, Donna Scrutchins and Yaa Simpson. Rachelle and CDPH are both members of the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) Steering Committee.

HEIC members write in the brief that it is designed to “address the historical and present forms of racism, systematic exclusion, and sources of toxic stress that prevent Black Chicagoans from achieving health equity.”
Health care providers and institutions have a long journey ahead to regain trust within the communities that they serve, but together they can achieve health equity. The Center for Health Justice of the American Association of Medical Colleges worked with a variety of community partners and stakeholders to develop approaches and best practices that can help break down these barriers and cultivate trust. These 10 Principles of Trustworthiness serve as a practical foundation for health care, public health, and other organizations working to build trust within their communities and advance health equity. Accompanying resources include a community video, discussion guide, and community engagement reflection guide. The AAMC will host free workshops on June 30 & July 20 to explore the principles. Recordings will be available to all registered participants. Register
The Behavioral Medicine group at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine excels in research and implementation that translates evidence-based behavioral preventive care into clinical practice and community services. Faculty members study major behavioral risk factors for chronic disease (obesity, physical inactivity, smoking). They conduct highly interdisciplinary research that integrates mobile technologies into sociotechnical systems to deliver behavioral interventions that are optimized for scalability using novel MOST methods.

The successful applicant for this position will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and implementation partners (e.g., Northwestern researchers, Community-based organizations including Federally Qualified Health Centers, and oncology and primary care clinics throughout a 9-Hospital Northwestern Memorial Hospital Consortium) to facilitate implementation and continual evaluation of behavioral preventive care. The ideal candidate will have training in community-based participatory research and implementation science as well as experience with interdisciplinary research teams. The candidate will manage a portfolio of funded projects, with the option to grow their own work and co-develop projects.  

Click here to view the full position description and application instructions.
May 26, 2021: Family experience for Spanish-speaking families on surgery day at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Academic Team: Jennifer Lavin, Allison Robles, Elisa Gordon, Lorena Kuffunger

Department: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Session Facilitators: Josefina Serrato, Center for Community Health (CCH), Tatiana Bustos, Michigan State University

Background: As part of quality improvement efforts, this team previously received feedback that Spanish-speaking families are less satisfied with their care on day of surgery compared to English- speaking families.

ShARP Focus: To better understand Spanish speaking family experiences within the surgery process, and discuss ways to improve the care so that families feel respected and satisfied. This session was conducted entirely in Spanish.

Zoom Panel Participants: 
  • Parents of children who underwent surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital in the past 6 month

Panelist recommendations summary:
  • Interpretations services are useful and very much needed at a larger scale
  • Specifically, parents shared than in-person or video interpreter is much more effective than over the phone
  • When interpreters are not available, parents indicated that infographics with Spanish written explanations would be helpful
  • More educational materials in Spanish specific to type of surgery and detailed post-surgery care 
  • Parents shared experiences when communication and instructions were unclear/confusing [emphasis on post-surgery instructions/care]
  • Desire for bedside manner and patience from providers toward families with diverse backgrounds or unique needs 

For more information check out the links below…

Click here to request a ShARP .............................................................
Click here to participate on a ShARP ...................................................
Click here if you are interested in co-facilitating a ShARP ....................
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