CEAB Summer Updates
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Community Engagement Advisory Board (CEAB) Newsletter


Dear CEAB members,

The latest newsletter features CEAB member participation in events, some key news releases and some resources that might be of interest to you. We hope you are getting to enjoy some precious outdoor time as the city transitions into a reopening!


The CEC Team


CEAB Announcements


CEAB Members in the Spotlight 

Two of our CEAB members, Fatema Mirza and Paula Carcamo participated in a panel discussion where they provided valuable insights into forging and sustaining community- academic parterships. This panel discussion was part of a two- day interactive workshop titled "What's Community Got to do With It?".This workshop was designed to increase research coordinators’ knowledge and felt experience surrounding the complexities of community partnerships in academic research. Some of the topics of discussion during the workshop included: 

  • Basic concepts and principles in community engaged research
  • Establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with communities
  • Contextual considerations involved in community recruitment and data collection
  •  Panel discussion featuring community and academic perspectives

We sincerely thank them for sharing their perspectives and contributing to this event!

ACTION Study Newsletter

Earlier this year, a group of our CEAB members contributed to the feedback and development of Dr. Sharmilee Nyenhuis's newsletter that was created to disseminate the results of the ACTION study- a community based walking intervention program for African American women with asthama. 

View the newsletter here

Thank you Dr Nyenhuis and CEAB members!


Community Engagement Core (CEC) Updates and Announcements


Dr. Dana Rusch, CEC Consultant and Director of the Immigrant Family Mental Health Advocacy Program recently co-authored an Op-Ed titled "Vaccinate our Undocumented" advocating that as the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, it is essential that the most vulnerable have access -- regardless of immigration status. 

CLIC Discussion Forum

CEC members Marc Atkins and Dana Rusch helped launch a new CLIC Discussion Forum that aims to share and develop strategies for successful cross-sector collaboration between CTSA programs and local departments of health. The forum grew out of a collaboration among CTSAs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami as well as their partners from city, county and state health departments.


Upcoming Events


You are invited to attend an Orientation/Welcome Back Session for CEAB members for the new upcoming academic session 2021-2022. The a
genda for this session will be: 

  • Introduce New CEAB members
  • Summary of last year's work/events
  • Projects for the upcoming year

Please save the date for this session September 9th 2021 at 3.30pm. More details to come soon.

We look forward to seeing you!


In the News


Center for Disease Control (CDC) Director Declares Racism a Serious Public Health Threat.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky pointed to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, as seen in case numbers, deaths and social consequence.See news release here


Racism a Public Health Crisis in Chicago

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and other City and community leaders to declare that racism is a public health crisis in the City of Chicago.Read the news release here

"The State of Health for Blacks in Chicago" a new 2021 report released by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

This report was part of an effort to not only amplify black voices with CDPH but to define, measure, analyze and discuss health equity for Black Chicagoans. Read the report here




The New Normal 

The New Normal is a volunteer registry that connects research teams with potential study participants. Please visit the website to see what research studies are available or to sign up. The New Normal™ movement is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and made possible through the collaboration of nine top hospitals and universities. 




Chicago Health Atlas is now housed at UIC!

The Chicago Health Atlas — which is managed through a partnership between UIC’s School of Public Health, Metopio, and the Chicago Department of Public Health — is a free community health data resource that residents, community organizations and public health stakeholders can use to easily search, analyze and download neighborhood-level health data for Chicago’s 77 community areas.


UIC Partnerships for Anti-racist Campus Transformation (PACT)

Formed in the wake of the pandemic,(PACT), a campus network by UIC faculty, staff and students to combat systemic racism by transforming campus structures and norms to cultivate more just just and equitable community engaged scholarship and research. Learn more here

Transforming Community Conversations about COVID-19 to Action

The Health Equity & Ethics Series brings together community members and UIC experts from across professions to:

  • share stories of injustice and invisibility in healthcare,
  • seek to understand issues of health and wellness from many views, and
  • develop action-focused, real-life solutions that build on community strengths, are guided by ethical values, and are informed by our shared wisdom.

View recordings of the first four conversations here (scroll down).


Past Newsletters

Missed the previous CEAB newsletter? Visit our website to view an archive of past newsletters, here.