Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Community Health

Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award

The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC), a program of the IPHAM Center for Community Health and NUCATS, established this Award to recognize to recognize exemplary partnerships that use a community-engaged research approach to impacting the health of their community.


2019 Award Winner: BE-LUNG’ INITIATIVE: Building Capacity for a Community Based Research Partnership to Optimize Physical Activity in Lung Cancer Survivors

This award acknowledges the efforts of The ‘BE-LUNG’ INITIATIVE: Building Capacity for a Community Based Research Partnership to Optimize Physical Activity in Lung Cancer Survivors, an intervention to increase physical activity among lung cancer survivors in Chicago. This exemplary partnership between Gilda's Club Chicago, (led by Kathleen Boss, director of Special Initiatives) a community organization that supports individuals and their families and friends whose lives have been impacted by cancer, and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (led by Northwestern’s Prakash S Jayabalan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). The partnership also included Northwestern’s Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (led by Victoria Villaflor, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine- Hematology & Oncology). To learn more, click here.

2018 Award Winner: Cooking Up Health: Docs & Kids in the Kitchen

This award acknowledges Cooking Up Health: Docs & Kids in the Kitchen, a partnership between Common Threads, a community organization fighting childhood obesity, and Northwestern’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. This exemplary partnership teaches Northwestern medical students about nutrition through the lens of culinary medicine, community health, and hands-on cooking. The medical students then deliver the healthy habit messages to Chicago Public Schools elementary school children in underserved communities. To learn more, click here.

2017 Award Winner: Pastors4PCOR (P4P): Engaging faith-based communities in health research

This award acknowledges the efforts of the Pastors4PCOR (Patient Centered Outcomes Research) (P4P): Engaging faith-based communities in health research, a collaborative partnership of 12 churches serving underrepresented populations in Chicago and South Suburban areas and their congregants, community health advocates, health system providers, and academic health researchers. To learn more click here.

2016 Award Winner: Reducing Cancer Health Disparities Among Chicago-area Latinos/as

This exemplary partnership between ALAS-WINGS and Dr. David Victorson and his team in Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine collaborates on research projects aimed at improving the health of and resources for Latino/a cancer survivors. This collaboration includes multiple projects on mobile health, one-to-one peer support, and yoga therapy. To learn more, click here.

2015 Award Winner: Partnership to Advance LGBT Health and Wellness

This long-standing exemplary partnership between the Center on Halsted and the IMPACT LGBT Health & Development Program at Northwestern University collaborates on research projects aimed at improving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health. The collaboration has resulted in interventions proven to reduce HIV risk behaviors, as well as new initiatives in the building out of co-branded research space at the Center, a groundbreaking LGBT psychology training program, and an annual LGBT research conference. To learn more, click here.

2014 Award Winner: Collaboration to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes for Chicago Public School Students

This long-standing exemplary partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Student Health and Wellness and Dr. Ruchi Gupta's team at Northwestern University has generated many successful projects and is leading to improved chronic disease reporting and verification for CPS students on asthma, food allergy, and other health issues. CPS and Northwestern University are working together to accomplish mutually beneficial goals for their respective communities and the Chicagoland community at large. To learn more, click here.

2013 Award Winner

The Second Annual Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award Award acknowledged the efforts of South Asian Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (SAHELI), which focused on engaging South Asian (SA) immigrants in research to understand multiple determinants of health through use of custom lifestyle interventions. This project is led by Santosh Kumar and Promila Mehta, Metropolitan ASian Family Services (MAFS), and Namratha Kandula and Swapna Dave, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine.

Find out more about the program via the links below.

2012 Award Winner

The inaugural Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award was presented to Kara Murphy, executive director of Access DuPage. Access DuPage, a collaborative effort established in 2001, is a model of  strong community collaboration with thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations in DuPage County, including hospitals, physicians, local government, human services agencies, and community groups, providing access to medical services to the county's low-income, medically uninsured residents.

The award specifically acknowledged the efforts of the DuPage Patient Navigation Collaborative (DPNC). The collaborative, spearheaded by Murphy and Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the departments of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine, and Medical Social Sciences, with contributions by many other partners in DuPage and at Northwestern, formed a partnership in 2006 around a national National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study of patient navigators for low income women with abnormal breast or cervical cancer screening tests. This partnership led to a $2.4 million NIH funded five-year CBPR implementation study in 2008. The team, consisting of six bilingual, religiously and ethnically diverse navigators, has guided more than 450 uninsured women to follow-up abnormal cancer screens with less than five percent loss to follow-up. The DuPage partnership has extensive community input, including a 15-member community advisory board of committed social workers, health care providers and health centers, representatives from the Health Department, the American Cancer Society, and several well-known and trusted health activists from the DuPage community. The partnership has garnered two $100,000 NIH small research grants. And finally, the DuPage Collaborative is funded for a five-year NIH National Cancer Institute research grant disseminating and implementing a CBPR patient navigator intervention in Chicago’s Chinatown Community.

2019: BE-LUNG Initiative


2018: Cooking Up Health: Docs & Kids in the Kitchen

Cooking Up Health

2017: Pastors4PCOR

2016: ALAS-WINGS & Dr. David Victorson


2015: Center on Halsted & IMPACT


2014: CPS


2013: SAHELI


2012: Access Dupage

Access Dupage 1

Patient Navigators get the word out about cervical and breast cancer.

Access Dupage 2

Patient Navigators