On November 19th, Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) held a press conference to announce the launch of its Second Community Survey at the Greater Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center. The community survey is supported by a $1 million grant from the Chicago Community Trust. In attendance was Terry Mazany, president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, Alan Channing, president and CEO of Sinai Health System, and Steve Whitman, Director of SUHI.
The survey will provide robust data about the health of local individuals and communities, and the survey results may direct changes in health programs, efforts and resources. The current survey will include approximately 700 questions on adult and child health form 3,000 adults and 1,500 children. These questions were selected and approved by the Community Advisory Council (CAC) consisting 20 individuals from the 10 communities to be surveyed including Humboldt Park and West Town. Representing Humboldt Park and West Town at CAC was the Militza M. Pagán, Deputy Director the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and José Luis Rodríguez, Executive Director of the Humboldt Park Community of Wellness.
The results from SUHI’s inaugural 2002 survey led to the generation of 31 different health interventions and programs and approximately $17 million in funding. Part of the funding that came from the inaugural survey led to the creation of the Greater Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center.