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CHAS eNews: October 2016
South Side Collaborative Offers Patients Prescriptions for Food
By collaborating with local farmer’s markets, Walgreens, various health centers and a university research team on the South Side of Chicago, CHAS Fellow Marshall Chin and colleagues believe they may have developed an effective model for integrating community and healthcare resources so as to provide better care for patients. During the study, a “prescription” for healthy food served as a platform for community-linked diabetes intervention in underserved areas of Chicago. Published materials for the program include a prescription pad sample highlighting nutritional areas of importance, as well as coupons from participating retailers, and informational handouts for patients. 
For more, please see: Goddu, A. P., Roberson, T. S., Raffel, K. E., Chin, M. H., & Peek, M. E. (2015). Food Rx: A Community-University Partnership to Prescribe Healthy Eating on the South Side of Chicago. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 43(2), 148-162.
Novel Analysis From New Sleep Study
Wave 2 of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project analyzed actigraphic results as recorded by actiwatches worn by participants over a 72-hour period. Each watch, equipped with an internal accelerometer, measured levels of motion during both sleep and wake periods so as to reveal various sleep characteristics in older adults. Data was successfully collected from 780 individuals allowing CHAS Fellow Diane Lauderdale and her collaborative partners to provide “novel analyses of the associations of sleep parameters with social and health date.”

For more, please see: Lauderdale, D. S., Schumm, L. P., Kurina, L. M., McClintock, M., Thisted, R. A., Chen, J. H., & Waite, L. (2014). Assessment of sleep in the national social life, health, and aging project. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69(Suppl 2), S125-S133.
Reviewing the Efficacy of Decision Aids
The use of decision aids (DAs) for supporting shared decision making in healthcare settings is common. Nevertheless, research on how these DAs interact with and succeed in reducing health disparities among minority population is scarce. In this study, Elbert S. Huang (CHAS fellow) and colleagues reviewed previous randomly controlled trials from 2004 to 2013 where minority patients made up more than 50% of the total sample. Their results confirmed the efficacy of DAs in improving patient-doctor communication as well as decision quality outcomes for minority populations in general, but it also highlighted a significant lack of data regarding DA interaction with sexual and gender minority groups. 

For more, please see: Nathan, A. G., Marshall, I. M., Cooper, J. M., & Huang, E. S. (2016). Use of decision aids with minority patients: a systematic review. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 1-14.
New Pre-Doctoral Award Recipient
Congratulations to Mary Bunn, mental health technical advisor at Heartland Alliance and adjunct faculty at the School of Social Service Administration, for receiving the CHAS Pre-Doctoral Award for the 2016-2017 academic year. Bunn will be researching the role of client-provider relationship in social work practice as she works on her Ph.D.

For more information on CHAS funding opportunities, please visit our 
Seed Grant Applications Accepted Through October 31st
New proposals for CHAS seed grants being accepted through October 31, 2016.  New awards will be funded for a performance cycle of two years (January 2017-December 2018). To submit a proposal, please proceed to the CHAS grants portal at:

To learn more about the CHAS seed grant program, please see:


Michael Davis
Lecture Series:

October 18, 2016: Genevieve Kenney, The Urban Institute

October 25, 2016:
Tami Mark, Truven Health Analytics

November 1, 2016: Doriane Miller, Dept. of Medicine, UChicago

November 8, 2016: Daniel Adelman, Booth School of Business

November 15, 2016: Tamara Konetzka, Dept. of Public Health Sciences


Convening 2017:  State of Our Knowledge and Training 
Gleacher Center
Chicago, IL
January 9, 2017

CHAS Seed Grant applications:
Accepted through 10/31/2016 for funding to start 01/01/17. Questions? Email:

CHAS statistical support funding for members:
Please email before November 30, 2016.

American Public Health Association
Denver, CO
Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 4-8, 2017

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Washington, DC
Nov. 17-19, 2016

Society for Social Work and Research
Washington, DC
Jan. 13-17, 2016 
New Orleans, LA
Jan. 11-15, 2017

Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
New Orleans, LA
June 25-27, 2017
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