The University of Chicago Medical Center's Urban Health Initiative
(UHI) and the Center for Community Health and Vitality (CCHV) are forging relationships with community leaders and members to improve health and well-being on Chicago's South Side. The efforts involve a variety of approaches, both medical and social in nature. The South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS) involve a large group of health researchers from the university in partnership with community members who are working to generate knowledge about health and the impact of interventions to create and maintain good health on the South Side of Chicago. Through this collaboration, the Studies seek to design and conduct studies that result in benefits that are meaningful to researchers and communities.
A flagship project of the South Side Health and Vitality Studies is the South Side Health Resource Mapping system
. This system currently includes all non-residential establishments in six neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago (Hyde Park, Washington Park, North Kenwood, Grand Boulevard, Woodlawn and East Side). This effort involves partners from cross-disciplinary teams at the University of Chicago, South Side-based community organizations and community members. The first wave of data collection was completed at the end of August 2009 and the information is already being put to work. Community organizations, students, and urban planners are using the Resources database as a tool for planning programs and identifying assets and needs in these six communities. Using this website, you can create maps from the data to see where all the resources are in these communities. This project has been carried out to advance knowledge about communities on the South Side of Chicago. We expect this information will be useful to many, for example: individuals looking for services, researchers studying how community resources relate to health and vitality of communities, and community-based organizations seeking to identify areas of need.
We welcome you to our website, created to inform our community and research partners about the Studies' progress and early successes. We encourage you to explore the site to learn more about us, and to join our mailing list
so we can keep you updated.
Eric Whitaker, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President, Strategic Affiliations
Associate Dean, Community-Based Research
Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP
Associate Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Medicine-Geriatrics
SSHVS Principal Investigator
Doriane Miller, MD
Director, Center for Community Health and Vitality
General Internal Medicine