Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death among Asians, and Chicago’s Asian Health Coalition improving the health of those with the disease with the help of a recent grant. Photo by Ana Shulla-Mesi/UChicago ITM.
In 2014 the Urban Health Initiative (UHI) and the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) launched a joint initiative as part of the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) Community Benefit Grant Program to tackle adult diabetes and pediatric asthma and obesity in South Side residents – three prevalent conditions identified by a 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment.
In just over a year, this initiative has awarded more than $380,000 to nonprofit leaders and their UChicago research collaborators to propel their innovative work in those areas and evaluate its impact.
And it’s happening in communities where help is needed the most.
About 40 percent of local children ages five to 17 are overweight or obese, according to the assessment, and the rate of diabetes-related deaths is 1.5 times higher among non-Hispanic blacks in the South Side than in Cook County overall. Almost 20 percent of children in the area have asthma, and about six in every 10 of those children missed school and experienced an emergency or urgent care visit in 2011 because of their condition.
Applications must include both a community organization and a UChicago researcher. While funding cycles have closed for pediatric obesity and asthma, submissions to address adult diabetes will be accepted through March 30, 2016.
Need a connection to a potential collaborator? Contact Julian Solway, Co-Director of the ITM, at jsolwayi*medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.
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