Community-Engaged Research News

Monday, May 1, 2017

Understanding How Clinicians Monitor Blood Pressure in Children Born Prematurely

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends checking the blood pressure of children younger than three who were born prematurely. Yet, residents, attending pediatricians, and pediatric nephrologists at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago noticed that blood pressure screenings may not have not been happening as part of primary care routine.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Stories of Success in Community Engaged Research

On September 29, Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance and Kimberly Jackson, MS, founder of Health Impacts of Degraded Environments (HIDE) presented “Innovative Approaches to Engaging Community across the Translational Research Continuum.” During the talk, the speakers shared how they have effectively implemented community-engaged research.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Seed grants lay foundation for community- academic partnerships

From technology interventions for homeless youth, building partnerships with barbershops to addressing community-wide stressors, community-academic partnerships are helping to improve the health and well-being of the residents of Chicago and beyond. The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) Seed Grant Program in Northwestern’s Center for Community Health provides funding for collaborative research efforts between community stakeholders and Northwestern University investigators. The six seed grants were funded by NUCATS  and Northwestern’s Office for Research .

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Leading the way to a healthier Chicago

In Chicago, just 18 percent of high school students eat the recommended about of fruits and vegetables, gun related homicides within Chicago’s African American male population are 18 times the national average and 19 percent of all Chicago Public School students are obese. These are just a few of the findings identified in Healthy Chicago 2.0, the city’s new four-year plan to improve the health and wellbeing of Chicago’s neighborhoods and reduce health inequities across the city.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Meet Rena Yadlapti, MD, MSCI student

Rena Yadlapati, MD, is a student in NUCATS Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program and a third-year fellow in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Walter Payton College Prep students offer input on ShARP panel for teens

A few months ago the Center for Community Health (CCH) launched Stakeholder-Academic Resource Panels (ShARPs) where community stakeholders and academics offer insight on research design, conduct, or dissemination. Now as CCH gets ready to host a ShARP for the National Runaway Safeline on their teen runaway prevention intervention, they reached out to teens for input on how to successfully implement a “teen ShARP.”
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Friday, April 1, 2016

CCH helps Chicago Department of Public Health Launch Healthy Chicago 2.0

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and 130 other groups, including the Center for Community Health (CCH) launched Healthy Chicago 2.0, a new four-year plan to improve health and well-being throughout Chicago communities

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Thank You Departing ARCC Steering Committee Members and Welcome New!

NUCATS and the Center for Community Health (CCH) would like to acknowledge the contributions and hard work of the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) Steering Committee members who are departing the committee summer 2015. ARCC would not be where they are today without the input of these dedicated individuals.

NUCATS and CCH would also like to welcome new members of the committee. All of ARCC's work is guided by the committee and comprised of community- and faith-based organizations, public agencies, and Northwestern academic partners.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

CCH Consultations Contributed to Grant Awards Addressing Health Disparities

Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD (left) and Erica Marsh, MD (right)The Center for Community Health (CCH) is a resource for researchers who are preparing for a grant application that require or suggest patient, community, and stakeholder engagement. Services may include consultation on research/engagement design, proposal review, financial and contractual challenges, letter of support, and much more. Recently, CCH's Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) provided proposal consultation to the following two success stories:

  • Congratulations to Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, professor in Medicine-Rheumatology, and her partners for being awarded an Office of Minority Health grant that seeks to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in lupus in communities locally and nationally. Learn more
  • Congratulations to Erica Marsh, MD, assistant professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and her partners for being awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant that seeks to eradicate the significant health disparities in uterine fibroids amongst African American women and Latinas. Learn more
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ARCC Seed Grantee Co-Hosts Alzheimer's Play to Increase African American Awareness and Trials Participation

To help raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and the impact it has on the African American community, Northwestern University's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC), Rush University Medical Center's Alzheimer's Disease Center, and the African American Network Against Alzheimer's (AANAA) brought the award-winning play, Forget Me Not, to Chicago in July 2015 to sold out crowds at the DuSable Museum of African American History. An Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) seed grant helped this collaboration build significant relationships with the community.

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