The South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS) are a component of the University of Chicago Medical Center's Urban Health Initiative (UHI). It is a family of research studies that involve a large group of health researchers from the University in partnership with community members, who are working to generate knowledge about health and the impact of interventions to create and maintain good health on the South Side of Chicago.

Knowledge gained from the Studies will inform Urban Health Initiative planning and programming and its Center for Community Health and Vitality (CCHV), a UHI initiative that supports the efforts of the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Chicago and complements the medical services provided to local residents in the Medical Center hospitals and clinics.

SSHVS brings together faculty, staff, doctors and nurses from the University of Chicago who are committed to working with and learning from members of our surrounding communities. Through this collaboration, the Studies seek to design and conduct studies that result in benefits that are meaningful to researchers and the community.

SSHVS aims to gather information that contributes to a deep and holistic understanding of the factors that influence the health and wellness of residents on Chicago's South Side. University faculty and staff with community residents have already started working together on several of the initial SSHVS studies (such as the Asset Census Project). SSHVS researchers seek to both strengthen our existing relationships and foster new relationships.

SSHVS researchers are also committed to making research findings accessible to community residents and organizations. The CCHV will help make this possible by linking community residents and organizations to the information gathered by the Studies. Furthermore, by working with our communities, SSHVS and CCHV will learn innovative ways to make the research meaningful and useful to our local residents and organizations. For example, CCHV personnel will be available to assist those interested in using the study results to prepare grant proposals or in developing future studies.