Twenty-two million Americans have not been screened for colorectal cancer (CRC). Residents in the State of Illinois are no exception. Illinois continues to fall behind CRC screening rates and remains in the lowest quartile for screening across the nation. Our cancer screening and prevention research projects are designed to increase CRC screening rates among a defined target population of person 50-75 years of age within partner health systems and disparate populations.
Although more than 1 out of 7 Asian Americans reported having a diagnosable mental health disorder, they are less likely than other ethnic minority groups to seek professional mental health services. Our behavioral health research project works with Asian community-based organizations in Chicagoland to reduce mental health stigma, increase mental health literacy, improve linkage to professional mental health services, and enhance mental health provider’s cultural competency in providing care to people of Asian descent.
Asian Americans are disproportionately affected by some of the chronic and infectious diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Hepatitis B. Our Center informs and educates communities how to prevent these diseases. We also conduct the Chicago Asian Health Survey to identify and address health inequities among Asian populations in Chicagoland.