Release Date: 5/14/2014
Healthy Chicago is an ambitious public health agenda launched in 2011 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) designed to make Chicago the healthiest city in the nation.
Abt SRBI, working with CDPH, is conducting a citywide survey to collect the most current data on the health and well-being of Chicago residents. This information will allow CDPH and its partners to evaluate and improve policy, systems and environmental changes as well as monitor Healthy Chicago public awareness and progress.
Healthy Chicago focuses on 12 key priorities: tobacco use, obesity prevention, HIV prevention, adolescent health, cancer disparities, heart disease and stroke, access to care, healthy mothers and babies, communicable disease control and prevention, healthy homes, violence prevention and public health infrastructure. Since Healthy Chicago’s release, CDPH and their partners have deployed over 200 strategies.
Planning for Healthy Chicago 2.0 will begin this year. Data from the Abt SRBI survey will also serve as the foundation of the planning process for CDPH and its partners to further advance public health priorities, with a focus on health equity.
“In order to make progress, we first have to know where we are,” says CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. “This survey will give us real-time information that we can then use to improve the health and well-being of every resident in Chicago.”
The survey launched in spring of 2014 and will run through the summer. Abt SRBI is calling both landline and cell phone telephone numbers. The goal is to complete interviews with a representative sample of 2,500 adult Chicago residents. The questionnaire, approximately 25 minutes in length, will be administered in both English and Spanish.
More information about the Healthy Chicago initiative can be found on the City of Chicago’s website at: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/healthychicago.html. This site provides full information on the Healthy Chicago initiative and downloads of the Healthy Chicago agenda and newsletters.