142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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What it was like as a community member to review 700+ questions in preparation for an urban community health survey: A community member's perspective on the review process as a member of the Community Advisory Council

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jana Stringfellow, BS , Sinai Urban Health Institute, Sinai Health System, Chicago, IL

In response to growing health inequalities, Sinai Health System (SHS) conducted a survey that has altered the way public health data are used in Chicago.   In 2002 and 2003, the SHS research arm, Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI), collaborated with several community organizations, residents and local leaders to complete one the largest door-to-door health surveys in Chicago, titled Sinai’s Improving Community Health Survey.  In 2014, SUHI was granted $1.4 million by the Chicago Community Trust to complete an even larger community health survey in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Chicago. 


For the 2014 survey, SUHI’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was comprised of a group of individuals who live and/or worked in the ten Chicago communities that will be surveyed.  From October 2013 through November 2013, the CAC met six times for two hours each session.  The committee members reviewed consent forms and approximately 700 proposed questions.   Suggestions were made as to which questions to add, keep, discard or adapt to the cultural needs of each community. 


As a community member representing Chicago Lawn, one of the 10 surveyed areas, my most significant contribution was making sure that my community’s voice was heard in the formulation of the survey.  Community members’ suggestions made the survey more relevant and the survey results will assist in the creation of effective interventions that will ultimately, improve the health and well-being of numerous communities.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the value or need of community input before starting a community health survey. Discuss how having community members input addresses cultural competency concerns by including representatives from diverse communities.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Community Health Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a community member that served on a Community Advisory Council for a community health survey. Prior to serving on the Council, I was a community organizer.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.