Chicago Community, Media & Research Partnership

What is the Chicago Community, Media & Research Partnership?

This two-year project seeks to cultivate deeper engagement on health research within under-resourced communities, by building crucial relationships between three groups: community stakeholders; community and ethnic media; and health researchers. The project is co-led and collaboratively designed by Public Narrative and the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) at Northwestern University. The partnership is directed by a nine-member Task Force comprised of community service providers, patients, and caregivers; community and ethnic media journalists; and health researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

What is the funding source for the project?

The project is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a federal institute dedicated to connecting communities with evidence-based health research to support their health decision-making. Click here to learn more about the PCORI Engagement Award that supports this partnership.

What is the overall goal of the project?

Over two years, the project will build the capacity of a broad group of stakeholders, journalists, and researchers to meaningfully connect and understand each other’s perspectives, assets, and needs. This will inform the development of a framework showing how health research findings can best reach and serve under-served populations in Chicago, via community and ethnic media. This project harnesses the powerful opportunity of more directly engaging diverse communities through media they trust and use.

Who leads the project?

The project leaders are Rebecca Johnson, PhD, Faculty-Community Research Liaison at ARCC; Jen Brown, MPH, Director and Co-Founder of ARCC; Jhmira Alexander, President of Public Narrative; and Mareva Lindo, Project Manager at Public Narrative.

Who is on the project Task Force?

To get involved or receive updates about this project, contact

Partnership Updates

Partnership in the news

Task Force meeting in February From top left: Project partners Jhmira Alexander, Young Woon Han, Jesús del Toro, Maudlyne Ihejirika, Jackie Serrato, Taneka Jennings, Rebecca Johnson, Jen Brown, Mareva Lindo, and Darius Tandon, 02/13/20