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2017 DOSAR keeps on giving

Day of Service and reflection volunteers

Rain did not dampen the spirits and high turnout of hundreds of volunteers committed to doing good work for 24 community organizations during the 15th annual Day of Service and Reflection (DOSAR) on May 20.

A total of 269 UChicago Medicine employees, their families and friends worked on projects ranging from paint jobs to gardening in eight communities surrounding the UChicago Medicine service area on the South Side. The commitment of the volunteers was reflected in the smiles and eagerness to connect with the community that the Medical Center serves.

» View the DOSAR video

UCM drew crowds at 23rd Annual Black Women's Expo

Black Women's Expo volunteers and attendees

Wellness was in the air for thousands of Black Women Expo attendees who stopped by the Urban Health Initiative's booth during the three-day event. UHI provided blood pressure and HIV screenings, stroke and health education sessions, a women's health seminar and a Zumba class. For the first time, the booth featured Comer Children's Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit, which conducted on-site screenings. Many attendees also signed up for medical appointments on the spot.

Community Advisory Council having its say

The University of Chicago Community Advisory Council met with UChicago Medicine leadership recently to begin laying the groundwork for the Medical Center's adult trauma services, which are scheduled to launch May 1, 2018. "The voice of the community is critical to the university's plan for trauma care," said Damon Arnold, MD, chairman of the Trauma Care and Violence Prevention work group and former director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Community Health Focus Hour 'hits' on UCM's sound cloud

Just in case listeners missed the live radio broadcast of Community Health Focus Hour, airing Saturdays from 1-2 p.m. on WVON (1690AM), they can visit UCM's sound cloud playlist to listen to previous shows anytime from a smartphone or computer.

» Listen to shows

SHARE Network hosts Community Grand Rounds

Shellie Williams, MD, and Monica Malec, MD, led presentations to older adults on sleep awareness and living with cancer during the Southside Health Aging Resource Experts hosting of Community Grand Rounds. SHARE is expanding its outreach to older adults to improve health on Chicago's South Side.

UHI and the Institute for Translational Medicine award grant to address adult breast and colorectal cancer

Sisters Working It Out (S.W.I.O.), a Chicago cancer awareness and health advocacy program, was recently awarded a grant by UHI and the Institute for Translational Medicine to improve the lives of women living in medically underserved communities. S.W.I.O. will provide breast health education at community events, and engage women in opportunities to use health services and resources.

Stephanie Cacioppo builds up community teaching neighborhood students about how the brain works

Stephanie Cacioppo, Ph.D, received the 2017 Donald G. York Faculty Engagement Award for her work with the University of Chicago's Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP). The award recognizes UChicago faculty members who lead initiatives that make an impact in the lives of young people and help build community through learning. Cacioppo, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Director of the High-Performance Electrical Neuroimaging (HPEN) Laboratory at the University of Chicago, has partnered with NSP for several years to help teach local youth how the brain works. She has developed programming and recruited fellow faculty members and other campus partners to participate in "Brain Awareness Day" activities in South Side schools, including Kenwood Academy and UChicago Charter-Woodlawn. Shaz Rasul, the University's director of community programs, bestowed the award on Cacioppo during a May 18th ceremony that also recognized the 40th anniversary of NSP, which is part of the university's Office of Civic Engagement.

Ci3 Aims to Reduce HIV Among black and Latino men

Ci3 (The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health) recently hosted its first community youth advisory board as part of its Work2Prevent project. The project is a new research study that aims to reduce HIV infection among black and Latino young men who have sex with men and young transgender women by targeting economic stability and increasing employment.

UChicago to expand diversity and local employment on construction projects

The University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medical Center are expanding their efforts to increase the participation of minorities, women and local residents in construction projects, creating more ambitious workforce diversity goals and developing a new mentor-protégé program.

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Honoring volunteer outreach

Community volunteer group
Creating stronger bonds between the medical center and community are volunteer ambassadors from left to right: Yolanda O'Neal, MPA, health educator, Southside Diabetes Project; Althera Steenes, project manager, community health leader, Power Up! Nutrition & Physical Activity Program; Lolita Smith, MSW, manager, patient advocate; Cedric McKoy, MSN, ACNP, intensive care & acute stroke, Department of Neurology; and Susan Peters, manager, Community Relations.

The University of Chicago Medicine recently recognized 22 of its Volunteer Ambassadors for their commitment to community outreach on behalf of the University of Chicago Medicine's Urban Health Initiative. Volunteer Ambassadors are UChicago Medicine employees who receive unique training and go beyond their normal duties to represent the institution in a community relations capacity at events or by using specific skills, such as asthma educator or diabetes educator. Through these actions, volunteers help create stronger bonds between UChicago Medicine and the community.

»Read more about volunteering with UChicago Medicine.

Monica Peek weighs in on nutrition on 'Chicago Tonight'

Monica Peek, MD, MPH Monica Peek, MD, MPH

Our very own Monica Peek, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translational Research, was a guest on the nightly public affairs television program, "Chicago Tonight" on WTTW. The episode covered two Chicago studies addressing the benefits of following a few basic nutrition principles that can keep the brain agile, heart strong and weight down.

» View the interview with Dr. Peek.

Canadian TV show highlights anti-violence work

Brad Stolbach, PhD Brad Stolbach, PhD

Brad Stolbach, PhD, clinical psychologist and associate professor of pediatrics, was highlighted in an episode of the Canadian Broadcast Corp.'s "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki." The episode, "PTSD: Beyond Trauma," explored post-traumatic stress disorder by following researchers and people living with PTSD. Stolbach was featured for his work with youth who've been affected by gun violence in Chicago.

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