March 19, 2021
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More than "Numbers on a Paper": the Critical role of community........ organizations during COVID 19.............................................................

Black residents comprise just 30 percent of Chicago’s population, yet they account for 60 percent of the city’s COVID-19 death toll, according to a report by the Chicago Urban League.

While the immediate challenges of COVID-19 continue, last month, three Chicagoland community leaders participated in a more strategic, frank conversation about immediate needs and longer-term goals that centered specifically on lifting up communities that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The panelists provided new ideas for how Northwestern University and other institutions can support underserved communities, and discussed why community engagement and leadership needs to be considered a vital component of the research process.

“A strong institution like Northwestern can invest in communities of color to build up infrastructure that can be life-saving,” says Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, founder and executive director of the Syrian Community Network (SCN).

The pronounced racial gaps in Covid-19 deaths in Chicago amplifies the call for community investment made by Sahloul, James Rudyk Jr., Executive Director of Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC), and Jessica Davenport-Williams, Co-Founder of Black Girls Break Bread (BGBB) during a panel discussion highlighting the critical role of community organizations during COVID-19.

The panelists were joined by Center for Community Health (CCH) Co-Director and event moderator Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH, during a recent Translational Applications in Public Health presentation. The lecture series is co-hosted by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and the Northwestern Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute.

Dr. Kandula urged the audience to, “re-imagine what deep, sustained community relationships could look like, and how can we use our tremendous influence to support, elevate, and grow community-driven change in Chicagoland. Health equity does not have to be pie in the sky; this conversation is a starting point for Northwestern faculty, students, and administration to be creative and commit to supporting on-the ground community efforts to shift the balance of power and health in our city and state. ”  

Click here to read the full article.
CCH Can Help

Pastors4PCOR (P4P): Engaging faith-based communities in health .....-Research ____ _ _.................................................... ......................... _

Dr. Rebecca Johnson recently co-authored the article, "Promoting Public Good and Wellness from the Perspectives of a Midwestern Regional Baptist Church Community-led Research Engagement Partnership" along with Dr. Diana Ingram, American College of Education, and Paris Davis (Pastors4PCOR) and Bishop Simon Gordon of Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church.
The paper details the evolution of a community-academic collaboration led by a Full Gospel Midwest Regional Baptist Church where the co-partners professed a commitment to advancing the public good through collaborative governance and shared goal setting in the delivery of an engagement training program.

Dr. Johnson and Pastors 4 PCOR are past ARCC Seed Grant recipients. Read the full paper here.
Stakeholder-Academic Resource Panels (ShARPs) Update ____... ...._..
One way that the Center for Community Health (CCH) is helping translate research findings into practice more quickly is through Stakeholder-Academic Resource Panels (ShARPs)

Upcoming Session Opportunity:
A team at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and Northwestern University hopes to gain insight on the Long-term effects of COVID-19 after hospitalization. This session will focus on long-term health issues people experience after discharge from the hospital, and barriers/facilitators to receiving further care.
We want to hear from:

Adults who were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last year, and as a result:
o  Were hospitalized
o  Have experienced health complications post COVID-19

Individuals working/interacting closely with people (described above) as:
o  Caregiver/family member
o  Patient Navigator/Community Health Worker 

Sessions will take place:
Tuesday April 6, 2021 (6-8pm)
For more Information on upcoming ShARPs
Contact Josefina Serrato:
To request a ShARP or learn more about other CCH consultation services,
Email click here or visit  here
NUCATS Highlights Candace Henley, ARCC Community Co-Chair .. _.__
Candace Henley, Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) Community Chair and founder of The Blue Hat Foundation, was recently highlighted in the NUCATS story "Henley Brings Heart, Blue Hat to Community and Research Advocacy".

In the story Henley discusses how her experience being diagnosed with and surviving colorectal cancer led to her founding The Blue Hat Foundation for Colorectal Cancer Awareness in 2010, an organization committed to supporting underserved community members who don’t have access to cancer prevention resources. 

Henley has brought her experience from running Blue Hat to the ARCC Steering Committee. Now that she’s spent a full year as the ARCC community chair, she’s had some time to reflect on the committee’s significance.

“To affect change, you have to be in the spaces and places for change to occur. You can’t just say you want to see change; you have to do the work.”

Read the full story here.
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