Urban Health: Combating Disparities with Local Data

Hardcover | October 30, 2010

bySteven Whitman, Ami Shah, Maureen Benjamins

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The 1980s opened a discussion of the varying nature of health in different segments of the United States. Falling under the rubric of "health disparities," a great deal of research has been published demonstrating the substantial differences in health status within a population. The causes ofhealth disparities are varied and not always clear but most researchers agree that disparities are a reflection of social and economic inequities and political injustice. One of the obstacles to addressing disparities is the lack of meaningful health data especially for vulnerable populations, whichis often nonexistent despite being a critical factor for informing health programs and policies at the local level. This book provides a model for combating health disparities by describing how the authors gathered local health information, engaged the community at every step of the process, andcreated movement toward evidence-based sustainable change. This book describes how a landmark health survey in Chicago generated dramatic data that are allowing investigators throughout the city to move from data to action and from observation to intervention. In providing a detailed description of how the community-focused collection and analysis of healthdata can serve as an impetus for improved well-being, Urban Health is an invaluable resource for researchers, community groups, students and professionals.

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The 1980s opened a discussion of the varying nature of health in different segments of the United States. Falling under the rubric of "health disparities," a great deal of research has been published demonstrating the substantial differences in health status within a population. The causes ofhealth disparities are varied and not always...

Steven Whitman, PhD, is Director, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Chicago, IL. Ami M. Shah, MPH, is Senior Epidemiologist at Sinai Urban Health Institute, Chicago, IL. Maureen Benjamins, PhD, is Senior Epidemiologist at Sinai Urban Health Institute, Chicago, IL.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199731195

ISBN - 13:9780199731190

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Table of Contents

1. Steven Whitman, Ami M. Shah, and Maureen R. Benjamins: Introducing the Sinai Model for Reducing Health Disparities and Improving Health2. Jade L. Dell and Steven Whitman: A History of the Movement to Address Health DisparitiesSection 2Ami M. Shah, Steven Whitman, Maureen R. Benjamins: The Importance of Local Data: Introduction to Section 23. Ami M. Shah and Steven Whitman: Sinai's Improving Community Health Survey: Methodology and Key Findings4. Maureen R. Benjamins: The Jewish Community Health Survey of Chicago: Methodology and Key Findings5. Matthew J. McGee, Lucy Guo, Ami M. Shah and Hong Liu: The Chicago Asian Community Surveys: Methodology and Key Findings6. Ami M. Shah: Comparing the Health Status of Ten Chicago CommunitiesSection 3Steven Whitman, Ami M. Shah, and Maureen R. Benjamins: Translating Data into Action: Introduction to Section 37. Joseph F. West and Charlene J. Gamboa: Working Together to Live Tobacco Free: Community-Based Smoking Cessation in North Lawndale8. Adam B. Becker, Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, Miguel Morales, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Jose E. Lopez, Matt Longjohn: Combating Childhood Obesity through a Neighborhood Coalition: Community Organizing for Obesity Prevention in Humboldt Park9. Maureen R. Benjamins: Fighting Childhood Obesity in a Jewish Community10. Steven Whitman, Jose E. Lopez, Steven K. Rothschild, and Jaime Delgado: Disproportionate Impact of Diabetes in a Puerto Rican Community of Chicago11. Helen Margellos-Anast, Melissa A. Gutierrez: Pediatric Asthma in African American and Latino Chicago Communities - Local Level Data Drives Response12. Molly Martin and Juana Ballesteros: Humboldt Park: A Community United to Challenge AsthmaSection 4Implications13. Leah Ansell: Community-Based Health Interventions: Past, Present, and Future14. Steven Whitman, Ami M. Shah, and Maureen R. Benjamins: The Future Holds PromiseIndex