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Welcome to the blog for Health & Medicine. Founded in 1981, we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as an independent, freestanding center driven by a singular mission: formulating health policy, advocacy and health systems to enhance the health of the public.


Health & Medicine Testimony: To Advance Health Equity, We Need Accountability for Racism in Policing and Gang Databases

May 16, 2019

On Tuesday, May 14, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Director of Health Equity, Wesley Epplin, testified before the Cook County Board of Commissioners’ Criminal Justice Committee. In addition to testifying on behalf of Health & Medicine, he testified on behalf of the Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County (CHE Cook County), for which he […]

What Chicago Needs for Health Equity: Imagining an Equity Agenda

March 27, 2019

Health equity is a process of assurance of the conditions for optimal health for all people. It requires at least three things: 1) valuing all individuals and populations equally; 2) recognizing and rectifying historical injustices; and 3) providing resources according to need. Health inequities will be eliminated when health equity is achieved. — Dr. Camara […]

Meet our Staff: Veronica Alexander

February 28, 2019 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

This January, Health & Medicine welcomed Veronica Alexander to our staff as a Policy Analyst for Health Equity and Health Reform. Veronica has worked in various realms of healthcare administration including work in developmental pediatrics and Early Intervention at Rush University Medical Center. A native Chicagoan from the Englewood area, Veronica believes she not only has a personal but professional responsibility to work on behalf of marginalized and underserved communities. She holds a master of social work degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in psychology from Northern Illinois University.

Fellow for Life Webinar: Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Institution

February 1, 2019 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

On January, 24, 2019 Schweitzer Schweitzer Fellows and Fellows for Life from ten chapters around the country hosted their first nation-wide webinar. Chicago Fellow for Life Padraic Stanley discussed policies and changes in practice that healthcare institutions can implement to become more immigrant-welcoming. We're pleased to share the webinar recording here as well as a Welcoming Provider Checklist developed by 2018-19 Chicago Fellows Nhu Do, Dipika Gaur, Lincoln Hill, V Lozano, Maria Isabel Montoya, Molly Narrod.

Meet our Staff: Melissa Martin

January 29, 2019 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

Melissa Martin, MPH joined Health and Medicine this month as the Director of Chicago AHEC. Melissa has several years of experience working in public health workforce development.