From January 2002 through May 2004, a team of researchers led by Steven Whitman, PhD, of Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center of Chicago, conducted a health assessment survey in six communities of Chicago in order to establish an evidence base from which health improvement strategies can be developed and targeted most effectively.
Researchers interviewed a total of 1,699 adults, along with primary caretakers for 811 children. The interviews covered five major topics: health conditions, health behaviors and attitudes, health care access, quality of life and other social or environmental factors.
Among the key findings of the survey:
Since the close of the grant, the project team has been working with three task forces it established to find solutions to some of the health problems delineated in the survey.