Urban Community Health Lab


urban community health lab

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sally Schwer Canning

Aim: To foster the health and flourishing of children, adults, and families living in poor, urban communities as well as the professionals and volunteers who serve there.


  • To respond to the heart of God for those who are poor;
  • To respond to our own poverty and need to be in just community across difference;
  • To witness to truth & beauty, make culture (A. Crouch) & join in God’s renewal of His beloved creation.


  • Collaboration
  • Continuity
  • Competence
  • Humility
  • Hospitality

Currently, there are two active streams of research, affectionately known as:  Sisters’ Keepers & Going the Distance. The first seeks to understand & support the health of patients at the Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago. Current projects target depression & domestic violence in women & low birth-weight in their babies. Another examines language & perceptions of Spanish-speaking on-line discussion group participants describing pregnancy & postpartum and mood experiences. Future projects could involve other patient groups & concerns within behavioral health.

The second line of research is aimed at understanding & encouraging healthy practices, wellbeing & faithfulness in individuals & faith-based community organizations serving in high-stress, poor contexts.

Anticipated Activities

  • CAPS Conference presentations
  • CFHA Conference poster
  • LCHC Data collection & analysis
  • CCDA Data collection & analysis
  • Collaborative dissertation research from project planning to completion
  • Laughter. Celebration. Some groaning & a few tears

Recent scholarly contributions of urban community health research lab.

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