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The Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition was established in June 1991 as a multi- disciplinary membership organization to address the need for health promotion and disease prevention among Chicago’s Hispanic community. It was established as a pilot demonstration project with funding from the U.S. Department on Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. For the past 20 years, CHHC has been affiliated with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.


The Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition’s mission is to promote healthy behavior and prevent chronic disease and health disparities in the Hispanic communities of metropolitan Chicago. CHHC improves health in Hispanic communities by sponsoring culturally appropriate, evidence-based health education classes, and by providing a forum for policy development.


Coalition members are drawn from local health and social service agencies, community based organizations, universities, churches, and regional offices of national health organizations. There are currently more than 600 participating organizations. Active members gather do design and execute policy initiatives.


Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition’s history, dating from 1991, has given it the expertise, networking ability with CHHC’s 600 members who represent providers, and resources to continue this track record on policy issues of providing prevention-oriented education by training health promoters on heart disease and stroke to educate Spanish-speakers. Formats include multi-session classes, one-time educational events, forums and workshops for health care providers and social service providers, media campaigns, and expert consultation.

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Meet Our Team

The Director

Esther Sciammarella has a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and has been involved in clinical therapy, mental health service delivery, and community support and residential services for refugees and mentally ill clients. She is also a fellow graduate of Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Hispanic Health Leadership Fellowship Program, where she received extensive training for senior executives in state & local government with The National Alliance for Hispanic Health ( formerly known as the National Coalition of Hispanic Health & Humans Services Organizations ). In her ongoing partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, she collaborated on the book “Salud!” A Latina’s Guide to Total Health-Body, Mind, and Spirit, by Jane Delgado, PhD – President and CEO of the Alliance.

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Our Staff

Suzette Gonzalez

Program Coordinator

Beatriz Arguezo-Gonzalez

CHW Coordinator & Mentor

Emily Muñoz

Program Coordinator

Sofia Suarez

Research Coordinator


Our Collaborations

The Coalition is collaborating with the following organizations to help achieve our mission to promote healthy behavior and prevent chronic disease and health disparities in the Hispanic communities of metropolitan Chicago. 

Illinois Tobacco Quitline

"The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a FREE resource for tobacco users who want to quit for good. Our registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and certified tobacco-treatment counselors are on call 7 days a week, 7AM-11PM to answer all your tobacco-related questions and provide the support you need to break the habit. Habla español? We serve a diverse client base, with Spanish-speaking counselors and live translation services for more than 200 languages."



!Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!

¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! is the nation’s premier annual Hispanic family physical activity and healthy lifestyle event. ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is for people of all ages and all sizes.

These FREE events feature fun and excitement for the whole family, free health screenings, healthy snacks, and prize drawings. ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® has activity stations for soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, dance, aerobics, yoga and much more!

Event Details

10AM to 2PM


UIC Outdoor Field Complex

900 W 14th Pl, Chicago, IL 60608

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Institute for Minority Health Research
( MC 764 )
University of Illinois at Chicago
1819 West Polk Street, Suite 246
Chicago IL 60612