Our Partners

Learn more about the partners that are working to make the COMPASS study a success.

Corey Brooks

Project Hood

Project HOOD is a 501 c (3) organization established in 2012. Our mission is to empower people with the guidance, information, and tools necessary to become peacemakers, problem solvers, leaders, and entrepreneurs in their communities.

After sleeping on the roof of an abandoned motel for 94 days to bring attention to gun violence on the south side of Chicago, the “Rooftop Pastor” Corey Brooks started Project H.O.O.D. with the vision of “ending violence and building communities, one neighborhood at a time. We are creating leaders, strengthening character, seeking to end violence and generational poverty in urban areas. Our goal is to nurture these human resources and provide them with positive and consistent adult interactions. We focus on individual health management, building self-esteem, equipping them with the skills necessary to make appropriate life choices and exposing them to new opportunities.

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K.L.E.O. Community Family Life Center is a non-profit organization and facility, founded and run by Torrey Barrett, dedicated to strengthening families and providing a safe haven, through education, training, support and fun for people of all ages in the Chicagoland community. Its goal is to create an enhanced ability to navigate the world by providing the necessary tools, skills and support needed for our community participants to become a productive part of society.

KLEO is committed to helping families live healthy, productive lives in safe, stable, self- sustaining urban communities. KLEO achieves their corporate objectives by working with residents, community leaders and groups to identify a consensus vision to implement a strategy for the vision to be manifested.

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Honorable Judge Brewer

Markham Civic Leaders

The IPPH appreciates the support of Markham Civic leaders, especially Honorable Judge Brewer, who has partnered with us on outreach and engagement efforts. The inclusion of persons previously underrepresented in biomedical research in all research initiatives is a key aim for the IPPH. The partnership with Markham has conferred important outreach and enrollment efforts and has enhanced the representation of minorities in studies such as the All of Us Research Program and COMPASS.

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Members of the 19th Ward

The 19th Ward

Alderman Matt O’Shea, State Senator Bill Cunningham, and Representative Fran Hurley are collaborating with the IPPH on health studies in the 19th Ward (Beverly, Mount Greenwood, and Morgan Park). They are working with the IPPH team to assess and evaluate the role of environmental exposures on the health of their constituents. Improved understanding of concerns about elevated cancer rates in the communities they serve is a priority area for these partner

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Leaders of Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith

A.C.T.S. of F.A.I.T.H. (Actions Connected to Spirituality: Forming Alliances in Transforming Health) is a non-profit organization and a collaboration of South Side Chicago churches who work at the intersection of health and faith among eighteen African American founding churches, board members, family and friends.

The program was spearheaded by Dawnavan Davis, PhD, in 2008 with support from the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative and the National Institute of Health. Dr. Davis worked diligently to build, and in some cases repair, relationships between The University of Chicago and the South Side faith community. She conducted a congregational survey to identify the top health concerns between a model of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) that could attack health concerns among communities of faith. Now, they collectively work with groups like the IPPH to address these concerns.

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The People for Community Recovery are longstanding IPPH collaborators. PCR and the IPPH have worked together on outreach, enrollment, and environmental exposure assessment efforts for national and local cohorts and the NIEHS CACHET P30 activities.

PCR is led by Cheryl Johnson, daughter of Hazel Johnson, commonly referred to as the mother of the environmental justice movement. PCR’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of residents living in communities affected by environmental pollution. PCR educates and advocates policy and programs in an effort to coordinate local residents on issues of the environment, health, housing, education, training, neighborhood safety and economic equity.

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