To better understand differences in health resources and issues among communities on Chicago's South Side, we must draw upon the strengths and diversity of these communities. The Center for Community Health and Vitality (CCHV) and South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS) aim to do this by partnering with communities through elected leaders, community-based organizations (including religious, economic development, and non-profit service and civic organizations), civic organizations, and individual community residents. Through these relationships, we will identify ways to collect information that tells us more about the many factors that affect health and well-being in our communities.

The CCHV and SSHVS will need many types of information – such as data about education, lifestyle, jobs, technology, biology, and families – to achieve the goal of enhancing health and well-being on the South Side of Chicago. The SSHVS will work with our communities to gather these data from many sources, including local organizations, residents, and businesses. All of this information will enable the CCHV, SSHVS and community leaders to develop programs, services, and policies in ways that uniquely address each community's issues, and to determine whether our investments have a positive impact on individual and community health.