Smart Health Centers

Smart Health Center LogoThe Smart Health Centers project places trained health information specialists in clinics to assist patients in connecting to their own medical records and find reliable information about their own conditions.

This initiative was originally funded through the BTOP PCC project for computers & equipment along with a grant from the Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute for training and patient engagement around technology. The Sprague Institute has continued funding of the program and their Executive Director, Jim Alexander, has been the key conceptual leader in the growth of the program.

The project has led to the creation of dozens of new community technology centers across the city. 

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Recent News

Leslie Durr Joins Smart Chicago as Project Coordinator

Leslie Durr  joins the Smart Chicago Collaborative as a Project Coordinator.She will serve as the point person for projects including ...

Smart Health Center Navigators Assisting in Nutrition and Weight Loss Programming at Fantus Clinic

Here's an update on our work at Cook County Health System General Medicine Center at Fantus Clinic over the last ...
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Listen In: Podcast Debut of “Dirty Little Secrets (Episode 2)- Birth Control and Bladder Control”

Smart Health Navigator, Michelle Vu, has released the second episode of her podcast, Dirty Little Secrets (Episode 2) - Birth ...

Listen In: The First Episode of Smart Health Center Podcast, “Chicago Food Justice” Is Live!

Smart Health Navigator and Chicago Health Corps member, Anne Lin, debuted the first episode of her podcast "Chicago Food Justice" ...
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News From Our Smart Health Centers Project

A pillar of our Health work is our long-standing and successful Smart Health Centers project. Here's a current look at what we're ...

Listen In: Podcast Debut of “Dirty Little Secrets (Episode 1) – The Three S’s: Size, Shape, and Smell”

Smart Health Navigator, Michelle Vu, has released the debut episode of her new podcast, Dirty Little Secrets! Dirty Little Secrets is a ...

City of Chicago Tech Plan Update

At Techweek, City of Chicago Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman announced an 18-month update to Chicago's Tech Plan. Chicago's first Tech ...

The value of small wins in building the civic innovation community

One of the most common pieces of advice I give to civic innovation communities that are just starting up is ...
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Illinois Public Health Datapalooza and a $10k Challenge

For the second day of the "Making Public Health Data Work in Illinois" event, Smart Chicago helped to MC a ...

Smart Chicago Collaborative and the City’s Technology Plan

Earlier this month, Chicago Chief Technology Officer John Tolva unveiled the city's very first technology plan. The plan was a ...
Smart Health Center Day with Chicago Health Corps at the Chicago Community Trust

Update on Our Smart Health Centers Project

The Smart Health Center project places trained health information specialists in low-income clinics to assist patients in connecting to their own ...
Sandhya Devaraj is an Americorps member who has been working with Smart Chicago and Family Focus

Bringing health data information to neighborhoods

Sandhya Devaraj is an Americorps member who has been working with Smart Chicago and Family Focus to help with our ...


Smart Chicago Director of Operations Kyla Williams directly manages this and all of the products in our Health program. She manages a wide-ranging team of consultants and navigators who work with and for our partner agencies.

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Kyla Williams, Interim Executive Director

Williams is the Interim Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative as of May 2016. She is responsible for all finances, ...
Smart Chicago Consultant Patrice Coleman

Patrice Coleman

Patrice Coleman works as a manager in our Smart Health Centers project and previously served as a manager for Chicago Health Atlas ...
Diana Beasley

Diana Beasly

Diana Beasley of Management Synergistics helps manage our Smart Health Centers project ...

Chicago Health Corps Members

Anne Linn

Anne Lin

Lin is currently serving as a Chicago Health Corps Member-Health Navigator with Smart Chicago at the Cook County Health and Hospitals ...
katie reed

Katie Reed

Reed is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She studied Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology with a concentration in ...
Michelle Vu

Michelle Vu

Vu is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. As an aspiring ...

Smart Health Navigators

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Bendarius King

King served as the lead instructor for the Youth-LedTech | Summer 2015 program at North Lawndale Site. Ben is a product ...
daniel broome

Daniel Broome

Broome started with the Smart Chicago Collaborative's Smart Health Centers project in April 2015. Having worked with non-profits in the Cook ...

Farhad Ghamsari

Farhad first joined Smart Chicago as an AmeriCorps volunteer. His passion for health and technology convinced us he should stay aboard ...

Kymon Odukoya

Kymon Odukoya has worked in the greater Chicago community for over 15 years. He has held various positions of civic ...


Direct project inquiries, including data partnerships, to Kyla Williams, Here's the program logo for download.

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