BAPA’s Community Health Summit 

NOW is always the perfect time to assess your health needs and plan for a healthier lifestyle. BAPA is making it easy to follow through on those tasks at the Community Health Summit at Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., Thurs., Feb. 23, tentatively scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m.  

BAPA is partnering with the University of Chicago the Institute for Population and Precision Health (IPPH) to offer opportunities to take part in health-related studies and ask questions on a variety of important health topics.  

Among the IPPH studies that will present information at the summit are:  

Chicago Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study (COMPASS), a long-term research project aimed at better understanding the connections between genetics, environment, health behaviors and chronic diseases, including cancers, in the Chicago area. Study site: 

All of Us Research Program, a research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the goal of advancing precision medicine – health care based on the unique health and environmental factors affecting patients as individuals. Study site 

Nutrition Precision Health, an NIH program developed to help individuals predict how food and dietary patterns affect health, and how nutrition can play a role in prevention and treatment of disease. Study site: 

Connect for Cancer Prevention, a research study from the National Cancer Institute to better understand the causes of cancer and how to prevent it. Study site:  

Health Summit visitors will be able to learn more about Healthy Chicago Equity Zones (HCEZ), part of Healthy Chicago 2025, the City of Chicago’s community health improvement plan to develop strategies to close the racial life expectancy gap. The HCEZ aims to promote local engagement, regional public health priority setting, and improved coordination between Cook County Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Chicago communities.  

All 77 Chicago communities are touched by this initiative and are divided into six regions: Far South, Near South, North/Central, Northwest, West and Southwest. The Far South region is made up of 13 communities which includes Beverly/Morgan Park Burnside, Calumet Heights, East Side, Hegewisch, Mount Greenwood. See article on page ___ for more information.  

Local businesses that provide health-oriented services will also be showcased at the summit. Reach out to Davia Douglas, BAPA Community Relations Director,, for information on business participation opportunities.  

“The Health Summit will be an opportunity for our neighbors to learn more about the health services that are offered by local businesses, and to engage with those businesses for a better understanding of how they can get started on having a healthier lifestyle,” said BAPA Executive Director Mary Jo Viero.   







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