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CommunityRx: Connecting Health Care to Self-Care

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This lecture will describe the CommunityRx programme in the context of the U.S. Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Institute of Medicine model for an intersectoral health system. CommunityRx is a large-scale effort in Chicago to operationalise the connection between clinical medical care and the resources of the community that people use for wellness, independent living and disease management. It has grown from a collaboration between university researchers and community practitioners and leaders using an approach called Asset-Based Community Engaged Research. The public-facing component of the intervention can be viewed at This work is funded by a Health Care Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center.

About the Speaker: Dr Landau is the director of the South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS) based in Chicago at the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative. SSHVS works to create and spread knowledge that people and communities can use to sustain excellent health and vitality. The studies include MAPS Corps, the Comer Childrens Hospital Food Pantry and Food Security Project, the South Side Health and Technology Study, and CommunityRx. CommunityRx, supported by a 2012 Healthcare Innovation Award from the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid, leverages health information technologies to link people and places to improve individual health and grow community vitality.

Dr Landau is also Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Medicine-Geriatrics whose other area of interest/expertise is around management of sexual disorders in women with cancer. At the University of Chicago National Cancer Institute-funded Comprehensive Cancer Center, she directs a clinical and research program called the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine for Women with Cancer. She is also the founder and chair of the international Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer She would be very happy to meet with colleagues who have an interest in that research programme or in joining the international network.

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