In October of 2010 the Center for Community Health & Vitality (CCHV) launched its Community Grand Rounds series, with the support of the University of Chicago’s Institute for Translational Medicine and the Urban Health Initiative. The Community Grand Rounds aim to share the knowledge and research of the University with the community as a way to improve health on the South Side. Each Grand Rounds event is hosted in a community setting, outside of the university walls. Topics are chosen by a well-rounded group of community members in partnership with university faculty. Current partners for Community Grand Rounds include: Teamwork Englewood, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation, Network of Woodlawn, Claretian Associates, Quad Communities Development Corporation, Northwestern University’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Near North Health Service Corporation and the Washington Park Consortium.

Each Community Grand Rounds event includes networking opportunities, formal presentations and audience question and answer sessions. This proven format allows university investigators to talk with community members about existing research projects that can improve health and wellness. Past topics have included adolescent mental health, senior sexual health, gun violence, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and teen pregnancy, domestic violence, obesity, diabetes and asthma.

The 2011 series launched in November with the reprisal of the Grand Rounds’ first ever event, a play called It Shoudda Been Me at the eta Creative Arts Foundation as part of their Theater’s Showfolk Cultural Enrichment Series for Youth. The play, written by Dr. Doriane Miller, MD, Director of the CCHV, focuses on teen depression as a result of violence by telling the story of 15-year-old DeShawn who goes from making exceptional grades to poor grades in a matter of months after his best friend is killed in a drive-by shooting.

It Shoudda Been Me will run through June 15, 2012. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Community Grand Rounds hosted by CCHV are free. Upcoming dates for Community Grand Rounds and information on how to register can be found on the UHI calendar.