News & Opportunities
Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Community Health.
- 09.30.2020Across the country, community-based organizations and public health agencies have been requesting training to implement Northwestern’s Mothers and Babies program, an evidence-based intervention that prevents postpartum depression and its long-term effects on both mother and child.
The Center for Community Health (CCH) and Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine awards additional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants to 4 more local organizations.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately harm marginalized communities, the goal of the Response and Recovery Fund is to provide financial support to community organizations at the center of the response. The 4 organizations include:
1) The Boulevard of Chicago will continue sheltering chronically homeless individuals over the age of 60 and helping them recover physically, mentally and emotionally.
2) La Casa Norte will provide a food pantry, community meals, emergency shelter, transitional supportive housing, permanent supportive housing, case management and supportive services for youth and families on the West and South sides of Chicago.
3) Chicago Torture Justice Center will address the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism through access to healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection.
4) Youth Guidance will provide emergency discretionary assistance to students and their families experiencing food, technology, and other basic non-food household goods insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To date, 28 organizations have been funded through the Response and Recovery Fund. CCH and NUCATS collaborated with the CFAAR (Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research), the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics (GIM), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) to support 28 grantees that are providing critical services in many low- and moderate-income areas of Chicagoland that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. CCH and CFAAR are a part of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and CFAAR is also a part of Lurie Children's Hospital.
Click here for a list of the 28 organizations and work supported by the CCH and CFARR Response and Recovery Fund. If you are interested in contributing support for future awardees of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants please consider making a donation to the IPHAM general fund. All contributions will support additional awards to community-based organizations.
- 09.03.2020The CCH is currently hiring a Consultation and Evaluation Program Administrator. This position is relationship oriented, and has a primary objective to develop, build, and support community and academic partners to conduct clinical and translational research. Along with NUCATS and CCH leadership, this position will supervise and provide individual and group consultation services to community and academic partners to increase community engagement in all aspects of research.To apply, please visit https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/ and search for job ID 39254 for full job description and to apply with cover letter and CV.
- 07.21.2020Emma Office, a rising second year medical student and co-leader of the student COVID-19 volunteer effort at Feinberg, helped organize a successful phone call outreach program for older adults at risk of experiencing social isolation during the pandemic.
- 06.03.2020A team of Feinberg medical students are holding online COVID-19 information sessions for community members and organizations across the Chicagoland area.
- ISGMH Awarded $13.7 Million to Study HIV, Relationships and Substance Use in Sexual and Gender Minorities05.20.2020Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing was recently awarded a $13.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to advance and expand its innovative RADAR research program on HIV, relationships, and substance use among young men who have sex with men, transgender women, and nonbinary individuals assigned male at birth in Chicago.
Community-based organizations are facing surging social, economic, and health needs during the coronavirus crisis. In order to support these organizations, the Center for Community Health (CCH) and Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR) rapidly deployed grants to 24 community-based organizations that are supporting people and communities most affected by the pandemic. These flexible grants will help community partners deliver social and behavioral services, and provide people with housing, food, and emergency assistance.
- 04.16.2020The Center for Community Health’s Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) hosted a virtual discussion for participants to share experiences, strategies and challenges about engaging and supporting community-engaged research partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 04.13.2020First-year medical student Tazim Merchant co-organized the “Students Supporting the Community During COVID-19” project, a volunteer effort among medical students and graduate students at Feinberg that support healthcare workers, older community members and working parents in Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 03.27.2020More than 110 faculty, staff, students, and trainees have come together to collaborate and work closely with Chicago hospitals and communities to forecast the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, predict the outcome of public health interventions and share resources for containing the disease.
- 03.02.2020Attendees recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study, the first longitudinal cohort study to investigate heart disease and diabetes risk factors that contribute to disparities in South Asian Americans.
- 02.11.2020Virginia Bishop, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Public Health Practice, was a respected colleague, educator and advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity in healthcare and medical education.
- 12.30.2019Northwestern’s Operation Warm Blanket program, run by Northwestern Medicine staff and Feinberg students , helps Chicago’s homeless get back on their feet through providing wrap-around services, supportive housing resources and medical care.
- 12.12.2019A unified vision for health equity in Chicago was the focus of the second IPHAM Population Health Forum, where scientists and community partners presented and discussed their work in a variety of areas.
- 12.10.2019Medical students performed a variety of comedy skits and musical numbers that parodied the medical school experience at the 41st annual performance of In Vivo, Feinberg’s sketch comedy and variety show.
- 12.05.2019Noor Hamideh, a second-year medical student, is president of the Muslim Student Association and is interested in pediatrics and health equity.
- 11.27.2019Students in Feinberg’s Education Centered Medical Home program — a four-year, team based clerkship in underserved settings — experienced superior primary care training, according to a recent study.