The Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine in collaboration with the Midwest
Latino Health Research Training & Policy Center at the University of Illinois
at Chicago (UIC
) established The Chicago Hispanic Community Health Study
Field Center (CFC). The CFC utilizes collaborative resources of
Hispanic/Latino and other investigators at Northwestern University,
University of Illinois at Chicago, Roosevelt University,
Kennedy King College, and participating community based organizations/media
to identify, recruit, and screen possible participants and to retain
participants for annual follow-up studies.
The clinical examinations for the HCHS/SOL are performed at two locations.
The primary site is a community clinic known locally as the Community Health
Clinic or simply, CommunityHealth
, which is a volunteer-based organization
dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of the underserved Chicago
community by providing free services to uninsured individuals
(approximately 65% of Hispanic/Latino origin) without sufficient financial means.
The clinic is affiliated with both NU and UIC through the medical training
program. It serves the metropolitan Chicago area and beyond, with the
majority of patients coming from Humboldt Park, West Town, Logan Square,
and the Near North Side.
The clinic offers 15 examining rooms, a laboratory, three bathrooms, a kitchen,
a large conference room, and reception area with children's play area.
Usually the clinic opens for patient services later in the day and closes
between 9 and 10pm. In order for staff to collect the baseline examination,
the clinic hours start early in the morning and continue into early afternoon.
The clinic is located on a business street in a primarily residential area on
the near-northwest side; street parking is readily available and the clinic
is directly accessible via public transportation.
The secondary site is the Department of Preventive Medicine's Research
The DPMRC is located in rented space on the 8th floor of
the building which houses the department offices adjacent to Northwestern's
downtown campus. The DPMRC is utilized by several ongoing studies including
CARDIA, MESA, the Chicago Healthy Aging Study, and WHI. The clinic offers 5
examining rooms, a laboratory, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a conference room,
and a reception area.