- Describe a situation where you recognized an injustice. What did you do? What do you wish you had done?
- Activists around gun violence just staged a march blocking a major traffic street in your neighborhood and caused a traffic jam in which you are now stuck. How would you react? Why?
- Name one injustice in the world that you are passionate about. How would you approach finding a solution to the injustice? Why?
- McKnight observed: “The language of medicine is focused upon disease – yet the problems we identified have very little to do with disease. … hospitals were dealing with many problems which were not ‘diseases’. It was an important step in conscientization to recognize that modern medical systems are usually dealing with maladies – social problems – rather than disease. Maladies and social problems are the domains of citizens and their community organizations.” Does this observation resonate with how you see the health care system today?
- What are the key characteristics of the “violence interrupters” in the CeaseFire program?
- Ansell et al’s description of the community effort to reduce the black/white breast cancer mortality gap in Chicago features three very powerful images: a line graph, a bar chart, and a map. Consider how each of these images contributes to the article, and how they each tell a different part of the story of racism as a driver of health inequities.
- Bushey and Schorsch, in “The Rumble and the Reversal”, detail the fight for an adult trauma center at the University of Chicago. It is a fascinating and inspiring account which brings together the voices of community and researchers to achieve social change. As you consider the experiences detailed in the chapter, do you feel optimism that change can occur? Or pessimism – perhaps out of dismay that things haven’t changed enough?
- Healthy Chicago 2.0 set out an ambitious set of equity-focused targets. And it brought important issues into the fold, issues that traditionally have not been part of city public health department planning, such as “discrimination from criminal justice system”. Consider the targets and their associated metrics – as a whole, is this what the city should be aiming for? If we could achieve these targets, would Chicago be a better place?
- You are a community organizer concerned about a particular health inequity. What kind of data/research or narratives would you need to support your call for addressing the health inequity? Where would you get this evidence?
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Peek, M. E., et al. (2012). Early lessons from an initiative on Chicago’s South Side to reduce disparities in diabetes care and outcomes. Health Aff (Millwood), 31(1), 177-186.
TRAGIC BUT NOT RANDOM: USING NETWORK ANALYSIS TO UNDERSTAND GUN VIOLENCE.TRAGIC BUT NOT RANDOM: USING NETWORK ANALYSIS TO UNDERSTAND GUN VIOLENCE.
THE ILLINOIS ACADEMY OF CRIMINOLOGY PRESENTS
ANDREW PAPACHRISTOS, Ph.D.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, YALE UNIVERSITY
NETWORK ANALYSIS OF GUN VIOLENCE
Presented to the Illinois Academy of Criminology
Meeting at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
3/12/2014, Chicago, Illinois
Produced for the Illinois Academy of Criminology
By EDWARD MOGUL
© 2014 Illinois Academy
Gary Slutkin: Let's treat violence like a contagious diseasePhysician Gary Slutkin spent a decade fighting tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS epidemics in Africa. When he returned to the United States, he thought he'd escape brutal epidemic deaths. But then he began to look more carefully at gun violence, noting that its spread followed the patterns of infectious diseases. A mind-flipping look at a problem that too many communities have accepted as a given. We've reversed the impact of so many diseases, says Slutkin, and we can do the same with violence. (Filmed at TEDMED.)
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The Fight For Trauma Care on Chicago's South SideThere are currently four hospitals in Chicago that maintain level 1 adult trauma centers, where the critically injured, including victims of gun violence, must go for life-saving treatment. But not one of those hospitals is located on the city's often-violent South Side.
According to a 2013 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, victims shot more than 5 miles from a trauma center have a lower rate of survival. Adult trauma victims on the South Side face travel distances as great as 15 miles, prompting community protests and making families wonder whether loved ones could have been saved with more immediate care.
VICE News went to the South Side to see the consequences of the city's trauma-care desert, and to find out what's being done to change it.
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Community Activism and Health EquityClosing panel discussion at the 2016 Health Disparities and Social Justice Conference, featuring David Ansell, Alex Goldenberg, Fr. Jose Landaverde, and Rev. Walter "Slim" Coleman.