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Chicago Among Few U.S. Cities with Measurable Health Equity Goals

By Bruce Japsen

CHICAGO IS ONE of few U.S. cities to weave health equity into their entire health plan with population goals to focus on racial equity in “their city- wide metrics,” a new study indicates.

The Sinai Urban Health Institute, which is based on Chicago’s West Side, along with researchers from the American Medical Association and DePaul University investigated how local health departments across the country are working to achieve health equity.

The study, “Racial Health Equity Plans in the 30 Largest U.S. cities,” was published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in August and written by Maureen Benjamins, Senior Research Fellow at the Sinai Urban Health Institute, which has been examining urban health inequities for more than a decade. Other authors of the study are: Jennifer Poonsapaya at Sinai Urban Health Institute; and Fernando De Maio and Emily Laflamme, both with the American Medical Association.

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