About the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative:
In the Summer of 2016, both Sinai Health System and America’s Urban Campus (AUC) began exploring deeper collaborative work on gun violence research in Chicago. Karen Teitelbaum, CEO of Sinai Health System, published an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago Business in July 2016 making the case for researchers at institutions across Chicago to come together around gun violence research, and Executive Committee members for America’s Urban Campus (AUC) were simultaneously exploring ways to foster collaborations for gun violence research. AUC member institutions and Sinai Health System held an initial meeting in the summer of 2016, and Sinai Urban Health Institute and researchers from several institutions of higher education launched the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative (CGVRC).
During the first year, we built an organizational structure consisting of a leadership team, Research Workgroup, Community Engagement Workgroup, Philanthropy and Media Workgroup. We created a core faculty group to govern and activate the work of the CGVRC. DePaul, UIC, Loyola, Rush and Adler universities made the commitment to serving as the research backbone. Dr. Sharon Homan (Sinai Urban Health Institute, SUHI) chaired the CGVRC from inception, with Sinai Health System and Illinois Public Health Institute serving as lead organizations (Spring 2016) through Spring 2018. We have now adopted a 2-year rotation of the lead CGVRC organization.
Beginning June 1, 2018, the DePaul University assumed leadership, with Noam Ostrander, PhD, MPH, LCSW, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, serving as the Chair (Director) of the CGVRC.