Sinai Urban Health Institute Unveils New Findings from Largest Community-Driven Health Survey in Chicago

On Thursday, Sinai Urban Health Institute unveiled new findings from the largest community-driven, face-to-face health survey ever conducted in Chicago. The findings showed there continue to be significant, sometimes devastating disparities in the health and wellness of different racial and ethnic groups in Chicago, exacerbated in certain communities. Led by Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI), researchers surveyed more than 1,900 residents across nine neighborhoods. The survey findings illuminate serious disparities in the health and social wellbeing of residents, with eight neighborhoods lagging behind national benchmarks for a wide range of health problems and risk factors.

The announcement took place on Chicago’s West side at New Zion Church. Sharon Homan, president of Sinai Urban Health Institute, offered welcome remarks before Jana Hircshtick, senior epidemiologist at Sinai Urban Health Institute, delved into the results of the survey. Karen Teitelbaum, Sinai Health System President and CEO, moderated a panel discussion between Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, two lead researchers on the survey and two members of the community advisory committee.

JT worked alongside Sinai to secure media coverage around the survey results from WLS-TV, Chicago Sun-Times and U.S. News & World Report. JT also managed event logistics and stage management for the announcement, which included both pre- and day-of logistics.

Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0 provides a deep, comprehensive view of health and related social factors in nine diverse Chicago communities: Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, Norwood Park, South Lawndale, West Englewood and part of West Town. The survey included more than 500 questions related to behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment. For more information, you can view the full report here.