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Jackie Jacobs, MPh

Sinai Urban Health Institute

Jackie Jacobs is the Director of Evaluation at the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI). SUHI is the research arm of Sinai Health System, Illinois’ largest private safety-net health care system, providing services to urban residents on the West and Southwest Sides of Chicago. Founded in 2000, SUHI seeks to achieve health equity among communities through excellence and innovation in data-driven research, interventions, evaluation, and community engagement.


Jackie oversees one of SUHI’s three strategic areas: the Evaluation and Technical Assistance (ETA) strategy. The ETA strategy implements best practices to assess the effectiveness of health programs and systems of care and empower community-based organizations through evaluation capacity-building and technical assistance. The team of evaluators and research specialists develop, implement, and provide ongoing support for rigorous qualitative and quantitative evaluations. The majority of these evaluations utilize a Culturally Responsive Evaluation framework in which the context and history of a community drive the development and implementation of the evaluation approach.


With over ten years of experience in program evaluation, Jackie has led individual and multisite evaluations on programs related to chronic disease, behavioral health, violence prevention, and collective impact. Jackie received her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Prior to working at SUHI, Jackie spent four years at the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion Administration as a Senior Epidemiologist/Evaluator. In this role, she oversaw the monitoring and evaluation of HIV Testing initiatives across the state.

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