This article recently appeared in the January 2, 2013 issue of the Chicago Tribune, and sheds important light on the work of the Center for Jewish Genetics, which has been supported over a number of years by the Health Trust.
By Karen Schwartz, Special to the Tribune
January 2, 2013
For Ellie and Jeremy Forman, getting married involved much more than walking down the aisle in fancy garb and saying their "I do's" in front of family and friends this past July.
A priority of Michael Reese Health Trust (MRHT) has been to recruit, effectively support and prepare more of Chicago’s young people, particularly low-income minorities, for Chicago’s Healthcare workforce. Given the need for health care workers and the projected range of health related jobs, MRHT has been partnering with several Chicago area institutions to address these needs, while seeking to better ensure economic security for participating youth.
Supported with a grant from the Michael Reese Health Trust, John Howard Association's Prison and Jail Monitoring Program conducts site visits to Illinois prisons to document health conditions and the availability of health and mental health services. In June 2011, the organization released a report their visit to Menard Correctional Center. http://www.thejha.org/menard
The report examines the impact of CeaseFire on shootings and killings. The first approach to this issue utilized statistical models to identify the effect of the introduction of the program on shootings and killings. These analyses employed 192-months (16 years) of data on selected sites and matched comparison areas to examine trends in violence.
An executive summary of the report, Building Evaluation Capacity of Violence Prevention Programs Across Illinois: A Quantitative and Qualitative Investigation
In 1999, the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention (ICVP) and the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA) collaborated with one another to establish the Evaluation Resource Institute (ERI). The purpose of the ERI is to provide the violence prevention community in Illinois with the education, tools, resources and expertise to design and implement effective program evaluations. To accomplish this, the ERI provides coaching, training and informational resources on program evaluation issues. Coaching is individualized technical assistance for organizations
Common problems found in the senior population such as reduced cognitive functioning, depression, medication errors, sleep abnormalities and falls have been shown to exacerbate chronic physical problems, increase health care utilization and cause premature entry into institutional settings. Responding to these issues, the Partners in Care (PIC) project sought to address problems of the elderly as they relate to the fragmentation between the medical and psychosocial health care delivery system. The Partners in Care intervention placed social workers into a variety of
The Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders was founded in 1999 with a grant from the Michael Reese Health Trust. Its focus is to provide the general public, health care professionals, rabbis, and policymakers with up-to-date information about genetic disorders that are more common among individuals of Jewish descent. In addition to community and professional education, the Center provides genetic screening and prevention programs, referral services, and advocacy.
The Health Trust commissioned Millennia Consulting to provide guidance to the Fund for Immigrants and Refugees on how to focus its grantmaking to meet health care needs. The report highlights priority health care issues, describes best practices in addressing these issues, and makes recommendations for funding strategies.
In 1997, the Open Society Institute’s Emma Lazarus Fund challenged other funders to respond to the disproportionate impact of new welfare legislation on immigrants and refugees. Twenty-seven Chicago-area funders took up the challenge, coming together as the Fund for Immigrants and Refugees. The Michael Reese Health Trust contributed to the Fund, and members of our staff served on its Steering Committee. The Health Trust was instrumental in ensuring that the health issues of immigrants and refugees remained a focus of the collaborative’s work.
The over twenty partners participating in the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership (CHHP) believe that moving homeless individuals with chronic illness off the streets and into an effective coordinated system of support is a vital step in stabilizing their health and in assisting them to become appropriately and permanently housed. The CHHP project was developed to operationalize this belief and to document and describe the successes and challenges of delivering the project’s interventions and achieving the project’s objectives.