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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.

Boards & Committees

About 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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Esther Sciammarella Executive Director of CHHC

Our Programs

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. 

Childhood Obesity Prevention

The Coalition considers child-hood obesity an epidemic in our country and we do our best to support and promote causes to help fight and prevent it. We invite to visit the following resources from our partners for the latest news, info, and resources about this cause.


!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!

June 28th has been proclaimed ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! Day by Mayor Rahm Emanul. Please click here to see the official proclamation

Buena Salud Club

The Path to a Healthier Life

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Our weekly newsletter is sent to over 1000 subscribers and is mostly comprised of user submitted events. We feature events and news about health and the community. We promote your events free of charge as long as it relates to our mission. To submit please use the contact form and include your flier or email us at

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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


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