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Chicago Department of Public Health
333 S. State Street, Room 200
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 747-9430
Fax: (312) 747-9663
Title: Improving Health through Cultural Competence in Chicago
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Erica Salem
Target Population: Hispanic/Latino Adults, Elderly
Health Issues: Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke, Obesity and Overweight


The Improving Health through Cultural Competence in Chicago project seeks to increase cultural and linguistic competency at health clinics in Chicago. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) partners with two community-based minority-serving organizations, Health South Chicago and Healthy Hermosa, in an effort to improve the heath status of South Chicago and Hermosa community residents. Two health clinics, PrimeCare and Family Health Care are used to conduct cultural competency and interpreter training for all clinic staff. Staff attend interpreter trainings for health processionals and Chicago-State University-taught "Spanish for the health provider" classes. Community residents serve as health promoters, disseminating information about services available at the clinics. These lay health promoters, working with the coalition coordinators to identify potential clients, recruit clients through community meetings, resource/health fairs, and outreach to block clubs. The health promoters conduct health education classes with program participants about ways to manage diabetes, and decrease risk for heart disease and overweight and obesity, by adopting healthy behaviors. Guest speakers cover such topics as how to shop and cook healthier, ways to exercise at home, and how to garden. Each program participant receives a pedometer, water bottles, gardening supplies, and exercise equipment. Health promoters monitor client's behaviors through monthly meetings/contacts.



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