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Join us for Schweitzer Info Sessions on January 7 and 8

Dec 09, 2014

The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program supports graduate students committed to becoming "leaders in service" – individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved populations, and whose example influences and inspires others. Each year, the Fellowship selects up to 30 graduate students from health and public service related fields, each of whom designs and implements their own 200-hour community service project that will help underserved Chicago communities improve their health and well-being. In addition to their community projects, Fellows also work together to plan symposia and service days, and meet regularly to network, share ideas, and learn from guest speakers. Fellows receive a $2,500 annual stipend for their participation, and must be enrolled in a graduate program through at least fall 2015 to be eligible.

Two upcoming informational sessions will be hosted that are open to any interested students. One will be held via webinar on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 5:30 – 6:30pm, and one session will be held in-person on Thursday, January 8 from 6:00 – 7:00pm, in downtown Chicago at 29 East Madison Street, Suite 602, Chicago, IL 60602. For more details and to RSVP, please email

Applications are due February 1, 2015. To learn more about the Fellowship and for application details, click here. Please contact Ray Wang, Program Director, with any questions.

It's Giving Tuesday: Donate to Health & Medicine Today!

Dec 02, 2014

Today is Giving Tuesday - a global day to give back this holiday season by supporting your favorite charities. As a non-profit organization, the generous support of our community of donors makes our work possible and helps further our mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care. This year we have:

• Crafted legislation recognizing the vital role Community Health Workers play in our healthcare workforce
• Convened hundreds of stakeholders at forums promoting discussion on a range of health reform issues
• Expanded birth options for women in Illinois with the opening of the state’s first free-standing birth center—the result of over 25 years of advocacy by Health & Medicine
• And much more!

We thank you for your support, and invite you to take a moment to make a gift so that we can continue to make health justice a priority in Illinois. Click here to make a donation.

Margie Schaps to Speak at Northwestern University on the Role of Research in Policy Development

Nov 05, 2014

On Thursday, November 6th, Health & Medicine’s Executive Director Margie Schaps will speak on the “Role of Researchers in the Policy Development Process” at an event hosted by the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC).

The workshop event will be led by Kendall Stagg, Chief of Policy and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Ms. Stagg will share concrete examples of how academic partners assisted with policy research, development, and evaluation related to the City of Chicago’s recent portfolio of groundbreaking tobacco control initiatives. Participants will be invited to discuss how strong academic partnerships and recent lessons learned in tobacco control policy efforts can be applied to other Healthy Chicago priorities such as obesity prevention, cancer disparities, etc.

Ms. Schaps, along with Karen Reitan, Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, will speak about their organizations and how they collaborate with researchers on policy development.

ARCC is a program of Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine's Center for Community Health. The session is open to all academic and community partners from across Chicagoland. More information is available here.

First Free Standing Birth Center Opens In Illinois

Oct 27, 2014

After more than 25 years of advocacy led by Health & Medicine’s Birth Center Task Force, we are pleased to share that the first free standing birth center (FSBC) in Illinois has opened at PCC Community Wellness. In the center’s first week of operation, two healthy babies have been born and we look forward to many more in the years to come.

Health & Medicine has long championed the potential of FSBC to provide cost-effective, high-quality prenatal and obstetrical services, providing women an additional option when choosing where to give birth. Our policy expertise and leadership has guided every step of the process to open the first center, helping to draft and pass FSBC legislation, serving as a liaison to the Illinois Department of Public Health on this initiative, and providing advice and guidance to groups working to open centers. We are thrilled that this new birthing option is finally available to women in Illinois.

Read more about the first center here on PCC's website.