Chicago CHW / Promotor
Survey & Mapping Project
Community health workers and promotores de salud (CHWs) are vital links between communities and the health care system. Supporting CHWs and strengthening and expanding these programs will help improve community health. Several organizations are interested in growing the capacity of Chicago's CHW programs but need baseline information to focus these efforts.
The Chicago CHW/Promotor Survey and Mapping Project is a collaborative effort to collect information about Chicago's community health workers and promotores de salud.
The Project's goal is to identify and map current CHW and promotor de salud programs in Chicago, including:
- Where services are provided
- What topics are covered
- What type of services are being offered
CHWs, promotores and program supervisors will also be surveyed about program sustainability, including funding sources, available training, and what they need to reach their communities.
From this information, maps will be created to:
- Show areas in Chicago that may benefit from more CHW programs
- Analyze availability of CHW program compared to health status and social determinants of health (e.g., poverty, education, etc.)
Benefit to Communities
These data will be available to community organizations to:
- Support grant proposals to establish and/or expand CHW and promotor programs
- Create training opportunities
- Develop policy recommendations
With a more complete list of CHWs and promotores, agencies will be able to disseminate health information to community residents on topics such as emergency preparedness, communicable diseases (influenza, TB, etc.), immunizations, healthy behaviors, and available resources. Communities will also know that their concerns are being communicated back to agencies through the CHWs and promotores.
Pilot Community Area: Rogers Park
Rogers Park was selected as the pilot community area to test the CHW/Promotor Survey & Mapping Project's methodology to inventory CHW/Promotor resources. Local organizations, public officials, and communication outlets were invited to join this effort, and findings from the pilot were made available to local organizations to strengthen and promote current resources. These findings will also be used to assure effectiveness of the Project's methods when the CHW/Promotor Survey & Mapping Project is conducted citywide.
Please contact us for more information, or to become involved in efforts to expand the survey to other neighborhoods.
Support for a Community-Based Analysis of Rogers Park Pilot Data comes from the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC).
Access Community Health Network
Advocate Health Care's Congregational Health Partnerships
Alivio Medical Center
Chicago Community Health Workers/Promotores Network *
Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Chicago Department of Public Health *
Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Chicago Partnership for Public Health *
Chicago State University's Neighborhood Assistance Program
DePaul University's Steans Center for Community-Based Service
Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
HealthConnect One *
Healthy Albany Park Coalition
Healthy Chicago Lawn
Healthy Schools Campaign
Healthy South East Chicago
Heartland Alliance Refugee Health Programs
Howard Area Community Center
Northwestern University's Community-Engaged Resource Center
Office of Cook County Commissioner Suffredin
Rogers Park Community Council
Rush University Medical Center
Sinai Urban Health Institute's Breathing Freedom Project
The Urban Coaster
United Church of Rogers Park
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
- Midwest Latino Health, Research, Training and Policy Center
- Urban Data Visualization Lab
* Project Founders