Voices of Child Health in Chicago is a program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital that focuses on surveying Chicagoans to better understand the issues that impact child health in our city.
By asking Chicagoans directly about child health, we gain important perspectives and insights that sometimes can be overlooked in health research and policies. We are committed to bringing our research findings to the public to help foster an open dialogue about child health. By polling the public for its perspectives, we make sure that community views are part of our city’s conversation about child health. Rather than taking a position on issues, our position is that the public should be heard.
The Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy (SCHROA) Center addresses important clinical and public health problems of children through state-of-the-art interdisciplinary methods and collaborations.
Faculty and research staff in the SCHROA Center engage in extramurally and philanthropically supported research to advance knowledge about the natural history, biological, psychological, social and environmental causes of common and prominent child health problems. The program also partners with many community-based organizations and engages with policymakers to translate evidence into effective clinical and public health interventions and policy. In addition, in partnership with the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s Hospital, the SCHROA Center trains the next generation of child health professionals and researchers with its interdisciplinary, collaborative public health-aware approach to investigation in a fellowship program that sponsors its trainees to acquire master’s-level training in research.
Senior Vice President and Chief of Community Health Transformation, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; Division Head, Academic General Pediatrics; Director, Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy Center; Associate Chief Research Officer for Health Services and Policy Research, Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute; A Todd Davis, MD, Professor in General Academic Pediatrics; Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Medical Social Sciences, and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP, created the Voices of Child Health in Chicago as a way to bring the voices of Chicagoans to the forefront of child health research in the city. Dr. Davis oversees development and implementation of survey research focused on better understanding the issues that impact child health in Chicago.
Dr. Davis is a primary care pediatrician and internist with a special interest in providing care for children with special health care needs and supporting adolescents and young adults as they transition into self-care in their life course. His academic focus is on community-centered, population health-focused research across the life course, with particular emphasis on the family context and impact of local, state and federal policies on child and family health.
Please visit his Lurie Children's faculty page.
Associate Director, Surveys of Child Health in Chicago, Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy Center, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Marie E. Heffernan, PhD, serves as the Associate Director for Voices of Child Health in Chicago. She is responsible for overseeing survey research and dissemination of research findings. She previously worked in research administration at Northwestern University and on an interdisciplinary social sciences research initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also serves on the Metrics Working Group for West Side United, a collaboration among healthcare, non-profit, and government partners to address health inequity on Chicago’s West Side. Marie received her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on survey methods, human development, and relationship science.
Project Manager, Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy Center, Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Punreet K. Bhatti, MD, serves as a Project Manager in Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy Center (SCHROA) as well as in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics & Primary Care (AGP). Punreet collaborates on a variety of research projects within SCHROA and AGP and closely works within the Injury Prevention & Research Center (IPRC). In her role with Voices of Child Health in Chicago she uses the data findings to tell a story in each report with the most effective graphs and charts for all audience types. Punreet also serves as the Project Manager for Pediatric Research Now (PRN), a program that disseminates new research findings to pediatric clinicians.
Before her role as Project Manager, Punreet helped lead a multidisciplinary team of pediatricians with their work on childhood resilience. Previous to this role, Punreet started at Lurie Children’s as a Data Abstractor for the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IVDRS). During this time, she also served as the lead research assistant for a couple of pilot studies within the Pediatric Practice Research Group & Center on Obesity Management and Prevention.
Systems Reporting Specialist, Data Analytics and Reporting, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Anne Bendelow, MPH, serves as a Systems Reporting Specialist in the department of Data Analytics and Reporting. Anne collaborates on a variety of research projects by supporting investigators’ data extraction and analysis needs. Before coming to Lurie Children’s two years ago, she worked with the Illinois Department of Public Health as an epidemiologist for the Refugee Health Program and the Center for Minority Health Services, and as a research assistant for the Chicago Epicenter at Cook County Health and Hospitals System. She received her undergraduate degree in Public Health from Tulane University and her Masters in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois Chicago.
Director, Population Health Analytics, Data Analytics and Reporting, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Tracie Smith, MPH, is the Director of Population Health Analytics in the department of Data Analytics and Reporting. Tracie has been with Lurie Children’s Hospital (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) for twelve years. She started her career at Lurie working as an epidemiologist with the Child Health Data Lab, where she worked on injury prevention research. Over the years she has worked on various injury prevention research projects, including serving as the project coordinator for the Illinois Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. Before coming to Lurie, Tracie worked as the data manager for the Diabetes Registry at the University of Chicago.