Chicago community research map (CCRM): Using a visualization tool to advance health disparity research
Objective/Purpose: We sought to identify community-based research (CBR) already underway in Chicago communities, current university-community partnerships, and related opportunities to better meet key health priorities.
Methods: CBR projects at UIC, NW and UC were identified and validated. We constructed the CCRM, an information system that includes a relational database accessible via a dynamic web interface. The CCRM provides profiles of active research projects linked to a geographic map of the 77 Chicago community areas; a search tool and a showcase of projects by research topic. A version with select census data and density map highlighting CBR concentration across communities is under development.
Results: Preliminary analysis focuses on data from 2010-2012. A total of 175 CBR projects were identified. The reach of the three institutions overlapped in some areas: 44 communities have active CBR projects from at least two institutions. All community areas had at least one CBR project. Communities with seven or more active projects had a lower average income and a predominantly minority race/ethnicity composition when compared to communities with fewer active projects. HIV-related projects were most frequent (23%). The four areas with the most HIV projects comprised an average population of African American (85%), White (7%), Hispanic (4%) and Others (4%).
Discussion/Conclusion: The CCRM provides users with timely information about CBR underway in Chicago communities. It can be used to identify which health priorities and populations are targeted most frequently, as well as gaps and opportunities. The CCRM holds promise to enhance collaborative networks between academically-based CBR and community partners.
Learning Areas:Communication and informatics
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Describe the process for developing Chicago community research map. Identify trends in community based research in Chicago. Demonstrate how a visual tool can be used to identify gaps and opportunities in community based research. List lessons learned from development process.
Keyword(s): Community Research, Health Disparities
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the technical project director responsible for coordinating all the activities pertaining to the development of the Chicago Community Research Map and subsequent analysis of data collected.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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