A community-powered, asset-based approach to intersect oral urban health system planning in Chicago

Stacy Tessler Lindau*, Katherine Diaz Vickery, Hwajung Choi, Jennifer Makelarski, Amber Matthews, Matthew Davis

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Objectives. To describe, and provide a nomenclature and taxonomy for classifying, the economic sectors and functional assets that could be mobilized as partners in an intersect oral health system. Methods. MAPS Corps (Meaningful, Active, Productive Science in Service to Community) employed local youths to conduct a census of all operating assets (businesses and organizations) on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, in 2012. We classified assets by primary function into sectors and described asset and sector distribution and density per 100 000 population. We compared empirical findings with the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) conceptual representation and description of intersect oral health system partners. Results. Fifty-four youths mapped a 62-square-mile region over 6 weeks; we classified 8376 assets into 23 sectors. Sectors with the most assets were food (n = 1214; 230/100 000 population), trade services (n = 1113; 211/100 000), and religious worship (n = 974;185/100 000). Several large, health-relevant sectors (2499 assets) were identified in the region but not specified in the IOM's representation. Governmental public health, central to the IOM concept, had no physical presence in the region. Conclusions. Local youths identified several thousand assets across a broad diversity of sectors that could partner in an intersect oral health system. Empirically informed iteration of the IOM concept will facilitate local translation and propagation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1872-1878
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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