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Health Information Hub at the Chicago Public Library

The project proposed is a health information hub inside a regional Chicago Public Library currently undergoing extensive renovations in a disadvantaged community that suffers from a spate of health conditions. The library, one of only two regional libraries in the city is frequented by 25,000 patrons each month and the goal is to improve both community awareness and health literacy by making information more accessible and culturally relevant to a predominantly African-American community. The Endeleo Institute is the community development arm of Trinity United Church of Christ, the venerable faith-based institution that for more than five decades has been a pillar for socieconomic justice in the Washington Heights community. In 2014, Endeleo spearheaded a community-led effort to restore the nearby library that for decades, had fallen into significant disrepair. Beyond the physical improvement, the restored public facility (scheduled to reopen in September 2018) will serve as a model platform for a user-friendly data project designed to renew social capital in a neighborhood where the social determinants of health (e.g. high unemployment, violence, substandard housing, blight and disinvestment, poor education, lack of safety, social relationships) contribute to poor health outcomes. Collaboratively, we intend to build a culture of health.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
African Americans or Black
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Educator, K-12
General public
Health care provider
Library or information professional
Public health professional
Student, college & post-grad
Student, K-12
Project Lead:
Melvin Thompson
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Funding Period:
May 1, 2018 to Apr 30, 2019
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