The University of Chicago Medical Center's Urban Health Initiative (UHI) and the Center for Community Health and Vitality (CCHV), the primary research arm of the UHI, are forging relationships with community leaders and members to improve health and well-being on Chicago's South Side by better understanding the overall state of health and well-being in the surrounding neighborhood.

Our efforts to improve health through research involve a variety of approaches, both medical and social in nature. The South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS) involve a large group of health researchers from the University in partnership with community members who are working to understand and maintain good health on the South Side of Chicago. Through this collaboration, the Studies seek to design and conduct studies that result in benefits that are meaningful to both communities and researchers.