Cancer, violence among top health concerns for Chicago's South Siders

June 22, 2016

Residents on the South Side say cancer, violence prevention and sexually transmitted infections are among their top health concerns, according to the latest comprehensive assessment conducted by the University of Chicago Medicine.

The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), published online in mid-June, also identifies diabetes among adults, pediatric asthma and pediatric obesity as other critical health issues faced by South Siders. In addition to uncovering the community's health needs, the report also includes a plan to advance outreach, prevention and education in those six health areas.

"This assessment is our strategic compass that guides us to support programs and initiatives that will better meet the community's health needs," said Brenda Battle, vice president of care delivery innovation and chief diversity and inclusion officer. "Fortunately, much of the work under way points us in the right direction, but we have more work to do."

UChicago Medicine plans to address the six health concerns in the following ways: The assessment and an action plan that addresses the health concerns are requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The report, conducted every three years in partnership with other organizations, examined health status, barriers to care, demographics and socioeconomic factors that affect children and adults living in 12 ZIP codes from 35th Street to 199th Street and east of Western Avenue. This area spans 31 locally defined communities and has a population of about 640,000 people.

2013 CHNA Report and Action Plan

The 2016 CHNA builds on the findings from the 2013 report, which identified access to care, cancer, diabetes, and pediatric asthma and obesity as the community's primary health concerns. UChicago Medicine tackled those health needs by: RESULTS FROM THE 2013-2016 CYCLE
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To read the latest Community Health Needs Assessment and for more information about how UChicago Medicine provides services and other benefits to the community, visit uchospitals.edu/community.

University of Chicago Medical Center

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