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Title: Southeast Chicago Development Commission
Investigator: Rosemary J. George
Funding Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Description: The Midwest Latino Research Center will assist the sponsor in developing, implementing, and evaluating community-level interventions to address disparities in diabetes, including prevention and self-management strategies, among Hispanics in Southeast Chicago. The project will (1) provide education, training and technical assistance to a variety of constituencies to promote diabetes awareness, culturally sensitive practices, awareness of community resources, and leadership development; (2) increase the number of individuals and organizations engaged in policy change for health disparity reduction; and (3) support a healthy eating initiative that encourages increased consumption and availability of low fat foods and fruits and vegetables.
Title: Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Disparities
Investigator: Sheila Castillo
Funding Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Description: The goals of this project are to contribute to the elimination of health disparities in diabetes and cardiovascular (CVD) priority among Hispanics/Latinos and African-Americans in five Chicago neighborhoods through community and system change aimed at: (1) reducing the percentage of persons who are overweight and obese through a higher consumption of fruits and vegetables and increased physical activity; and (2) reducing linguistic, cultural and institutional barriers to access and utilization of health services through changes in health system policies and the implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate education, prevention and control strategies. The proposed project will focus on community and system level interventions to impact individual choices that promote health through the use of community participatory and empowerment strategies.
Title: Great Lakes ATTC-General, ATR, SBIRT
Investigator: Larry Bennett
Funding Sources: Illinois Department of Human Services
Description : Great Lakes ATTC provides technology transfer activities (technical assistance and trainings) for various programs for the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) funded providers and constituents on topics of relevance and priority for the Illinois Addiction Treatment and Recovery System. Current and past projects include: SBIRT (Screening and Brief Interventions Referral to Treatment); ATR (Access to Recovery); ICOCE (Illinois Co-occurring Center of Excellence) and a General Training and TA project.
Title : Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC)
Investigator: Larry Bennett
Funding Sources: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration & Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Description: Serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio the Great Lakes ATTC is one of 14 Regional Centers and a National Office which serve the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Islands of Guam, American Samoa, Palau, the Marshal Islands, Micronesia, and the Mariana Islands. The Network is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, with special funding from the NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse.With a 35-member Regional Advisory Board and a Center on Criminal Justice at TASC Great Lakes ATTC's mission-building bridges that foster the advancement of treatment and recovery-guides its primary objectives to collaborate with the ATTC Network and regional and national partners to: 1) ensure the adoption of evidence-based practices through innovative systems-change initiatives; and 2) move the workforce, our substance use and mental health disorders systems, and the field as a whole toward a highly collaborative, highly accountable, culturally proficient, recovery-oriented system of care, supported by the science and inspired by the knowledge that effective treatment works and recovery is a reality. What we do: Help to Raise awareness of evidence-based and promising treatment and recovery practices, Build skills to prepare the workforce to deliver state-of-the-art addictions treatment and recovery services, and Change practice by incorporating these new skills into everyday use for the purpose of improving addictions treatment and recovery outcomes. Key focus areas for Great Lakes ATTC include:
  • Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
  • Peer-based Recovery Support
  • Criminal Justice Issues
  • Stigma Reduction
  • Motivational Incentives/Contingency Management
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Strength-Based Approaches
  • Returning Veterans
Title: A Life Course Perspective Model of HIV Risk and Substance Use Patterns Among Men Who Have Sex With Men
Investigator: James Swartz
Funding Sources: The National Institute of Health
Description: This study will test and extend the findings from a cross-sectional study that found men who have sex with men (MSM) can be reliably classified into four groups based on their pattern of substance use and that the patterns of substance use were associated with both HIV status and with the level of behavioral risk for HIV infection.
Title: Improving the Health and Safety of Minority Workers
Investigator: MIDLAHR
Description: This is Phase III of a three-phase project. This Phase builds on previous focus group work and the development of a qualitative survey, which will be conducted with 160 minority workers in face-to-face interviews. The survey will assess the relationship between traditional and race-related psychosocial risk factors in the workplace and occupational safety and health outcomes. It is designed to advance knowledge of the workplace psychosocial risk factors impacting the health and safety of racial/ethnic minorities, consequently allowing researchers to develop and disseminate information and other resources to workplaces and community-based organizations to build these systems' capacities to respond effectively to diverse occupational safety and health needs (OSH), and to evaluate the effectiveness of these products.
Title: Health Promoters and Pharmacists in Diabetes Team Management
Investigator: Amparo Castillo
Funding Sources: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Description: In collaboration with the College of Medicine, this is a randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost of providing a health promoter and pharmacist team, as compared to a pharmacist team only, for African-Americans and Latinos with uncontrolled diabetes relative to changes in their diabetes behaviors and outcomes.