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Center for Community Health and Vitality

Speaker at UHI summit Adewale Troutman MD, MPH, CPH, professor and director of public health practice and leadership at the University of South Florida, Tampa, delivers an inspirational keynote at the 2014 Urban Health Initiative Summit held at Chicago State University.

The Center for Community Health and Vitality (CCHV) uses a systematic approach for addressing personal and community health within the neighborhood setting via three main program elements:

  • Academic partnerships
  • Community connections
  • Community grand rounds

The CCHV and its partners recognize that good health is not merely the absence of disease, it also fosters vitality -- the capacity to live and develop. The CCHV works individually and collectively with the community to develop programs and activities that address issues determined by the community as concerns. The center engages the community to provide a place where community residents and organizations, along with university physicians, professors and staff, can work together to determine ways to improve health and vitality within South Side communities. The CCHV puts this approach into practice via:

  • Educational innovation
  • Workforce development and career training
  • Violence prevention
  • Capacity building for community-based organizations
  • Wellness programs
  • Employment and economic development opportunities
Actors on stage in community play "It Shoudda Been Me""It Shoudda Been Me" is a community play that addresses violence and teen depression through drama. Written by Doriane Miller, MD, this play is also a tool for family support and therapeutic intervention. "It Shoudda Been Me" debuted as the first Community Grand Rounds event in October 2010.

CCHV was originally conceived by first lady Michelle Obama during her tenure as vice president of community affairs at the University of Chicago Medicine. The CCHV, along with the Urban Health Initiative, aims to promote positive relationships between the University of Chicago and South Side communities and improve health services and support to residents. The CCHV also provides a means by which the university and South Side communities can create sustaining collaborative relationships and partnerships that address both medical and social issues that threaten the health and vitality of community.

Through positive engagement with communities served by the medical center, these initiatives were developed to build positive relationships that will initiate a new spirit of collaboration and cooperation. CCHV and its partners seek to achieve this goal by finding new ways to understand more fully the perspectives of our communities’ members, organizations and institutions.

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