February 13, 2017
Dr. Melissa Simon, the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been appointed to a national task force that makes recommendations on clinical preventive services, including screenings, counseling, and preventive medications on topics such as cancer and diabetes. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an independent, volunteer panel of 16 national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine whose members come from many fields of preventive medicine and primary care, including internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, behavioral health and nursing. The appointment is “an amazing, pie-in-the sky career goal,” said Simon, who also is the vice chair for clinical research in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and a professor in the departments of preventive medicine and medical social sciences at Feinberg. She began her four-year term with two other new members on Jan. 1. Read the full story here.
December 8, 2016
Dr. Simon in an op-ed published in STAT, shares her perspective as a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist who provides healthcare to patients insured under the Affordable Care Act. In the op-ed, Dr. Simon writes, "health care providers have an opportunity to teach, to lead by example, and to move forward by being the best listeners, acting as thoughtful critics, and sharing our own and our patients’ stories of just how important is the support provided by having health care coverage under the ACA and what would happen if it is drastically modified or repealed." Read the op-ed here.
October 31, 2016
Want to learn more about health equities in Chicago? Check out Skinny Trees, a podcast born out of the Simon Lab and ChicagoCHEC that aims to continue the conversation about health equities in and around Chicago. Skinny Trees: An Exploration of Health Inequities In & Around Chicago is the first Chicago-born podcast to bring varied content to listeners in an effort to tell the stories of health inequities in and around Chicago. We will view these issues through the lens of community members and organizations, students and academia. We believe that everyone has a different story and perspective and each deserves to be told. We will spotlight history, varying perspectives and stories of health equity success! To learn more, check out www.skinnytreespodcast.com. Episode 1 features Dr. Melissa Simon discussing how to decipher the nuances of health equity language.
September 29, 2016
The Simon Lab and the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) hosted their first annual cancer research symposium and community report. The event addressed cancer inequities in low-income, minority Chicago neighborhoods. Former chief medical officer of the Cook County Health and Hospital System Dr. Linda Rae Murray, breast cancer survivor Roz Varon of ABC 7 news and Cook County Commissioner, 7th District, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, delivered keynote addresses at the Sept. 29, 2016 event held at Malcolm X College on Chicago's West Side.
June 20, 2016
The Simon Lab with University of Illinois at Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University partners, launched the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative's inaugural ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows Program. The program is focused on the development of academic, technical and professional skills in preparation for careers in social, behavioral and biomedical research and in health care. Through immersion experiences, group projects, journal clubs and mentoring, ChicagoCHEC research fellows will gain important knowledge, skills and networks for their journey to become researchers and health care professionals who can bring diverse perspectives and experiences to advance the nation’s work toward cancer health equity. Read more here.
April 4, 2016
Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare has relaunched this Spring on Coursera! We have redesigned the course with a more accessible, self-paced, "on-demand" format. This FREE course is open to everyone - enroll today!
December 18, 2015
Health and aging expert XinQi Dong, MD from Rush University Medical Center and Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine conducted a comprehensive study which investigated the cultural practices of caregiving in Chinese-Americans in Chicago. Results of the study were publically released in a report on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Chinese American Service League. Called the FILIAL PIETY Report, this report chronicles the practices of caregiving for older adults, including caregivers’ psychological distress, caregiving burden and intergenerational conflict among Chinese-American families in the Chicago area. Learn more.
October 23, 2015
Melissa A. Simon, in partnership with researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Northeastern Illinois University, received a $17.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to support the creation of the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC). The mission of ChicagoCHEC is to advance cancer health equity through meaningful scientific discovery, education, training, and community engagement. A joint community kick-off event was held at the Arturo Velasquez Institute in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood to launch this landmark initiative that aims to reduce the burden of cancer in low-income and racial and ethnic minority communities. Learn more by visiting chicagochec.org.
October 9, 2015
The Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities will hold a one-day workshop in Chicago, Illinois, entitled The Private Sector as a Catalyst for Health Equity and a Vibrant Economy. Hosted by Dr. Melissa Simon, the workshop will focus on the economic case for promoting health equity. Thriving businesses benefit from health equity values and goals. Additionally, the larger society benefits due to improved community health and the improved health of the local economy. The workshop include several panels of speakers that will explore ways to enable a “first of its kind” dialogue that showcases the shared values and visions of health equity-promoting strategies of researchers, health equity experts, and business sectors. Showcasing the impact of health equity-promoting initiatives will help to build bridges across sectors in order to foster additional large scale collaborative health equity efforts. Free, and open to the public, please RSVP here.
September 21, 2015
Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare has relaunched this fall on Coursera! The Simon Lab had the wonderful opportunity to work closely with Dr. Regine Rucker of Chicago Public Schools to build a new section of the course specifically for CPS Continuing and Technical Education Health Sciences Cluster students (and their teachers) to supplement their career exploration and career portfolio curriculum. This FREE course is open to everyone - enroll today!
August 14, 2015
Congratulations to our Northwestern University Posner Fellow, Kasey Brown, and our Cancer Health Disparities Research Program (CHDRP) summer interns Daniel Corredor, Chanelle Hutchinson, Magdelane Sandoval and Ana Santoyo from Northeastern Illinois University! Kasey, Daniel, Chanelle, Magdelane, and Ana's summer internship with the Simon Lab centered on evaluating and developing new ideas for the Career 911 MOOC.
May 13, 2015
Dr. Melissa Simon's Suicide Prevention in Chinese Older Adults SEED Study was featured in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2015 Health Equity Research Snapshots. These snapshots spotlights new federally funded research projects underway at AAMC-member institutions and show how all types of science can contribute solutions to mental health and health care disparities.
April 18, 2015
Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH, was selected as the Institute of Medicine of Chicago 100th Anniversary Centennial Scholar from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The award recognizes her significant contributions to, and a positive impact on, the health and delivery of healthcare services in Chicago.
April 13, 2015
On April 13th, the Simon Lab launched Career 911: Your Future Career in Medicine and Healthcare, a free massive online open course that will introduce individuals to health careers and help them build skills for their career journey, including: articulating a personal story, resume and cover letter writing, job search, interviewing, professional networking, and professional communications. The course features more than 50 different professors and guests who represent a wide range of health professions and who share their personal stories and career journeys. The course is also a resource through which educators and parents can support students' career readiness. Learn more
February 25, 2015
A study led by Dr. Melissa A. Simon, published Feb. 25 in the American Journal of Public Health, demonstrates that guidance from trained navigators can help patients overcome healthcare inequities. Community navigators worked with uninsured Spanish-speaking women in DuPage County to obtain timely follow-up care after an abnormal breast or cervical cancer screening result. Ninety-seven percent of the Spanish-speaking patients in the study were recent immigrants and two-thirds did not finish high school. They had significantly lower income, lower health literacy, less confidence self-managing health and more distrust of the healthcare system than English-speaking patients in DuPage. Though these barriers put Spanish-speaking women at a higher risk for stalled follow-up care, patients in the navigation study did not have longer follow-up times than their English-speaking counterparts. Read more about the study here and here.
January 1, 2015
The Simon Lab's "Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare" Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is now open for enrollment on Coursera! There are lots of amazing job opportunities in medicine. Join us, as we share the strategies and secrets for getting those jobs. You will learn about a range of health care careers and build essential skills such as resume writing, networking, and effective communication styles to get you where you want to be. In this course, you will hear the personal stories, experiences, and journeys of dozens of people who work in health related careers. You will also have the opportunity to connect with a supportive community of students, mentors, and health care professionals to explore your interests, find resources, and discover exciting new opportunities. Learn more
On December 17, Melissa Andrea Simon, MD, MPH, was formally invested as the George H. Gardner, MD, Professor of Clinical Gynecology. “Since I met her in 2006, Melissa has blossomed quickly, becoming a superstar in a very short period of time,” said Serdar E. Bulun, MD, the John J. Sciarra, MD, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Read more