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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.

The Latest Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Newsletter is Now Online

Sep 26, 2014

Our latest Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Newsletter  rounds up our recent Schweitzer activities including:

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s keynote address at the 2014 Schweitzer Celebration of Service

Our inaugural Schweitzer Leadership Awards which honored health justice attorney Emily Benfer

A recap of our 2014-15 Fellows’ Orientation Weekend of workshops, team bonding activities, small group discussions and opportunities for the new Fellows to get acquainted and to plan their service projects.

Updates and photos from Fellows’ service projects and much, much more

We invite you check out the newsletter and stay engaged and involved with this innovative service learning program.



Join our 20th Class of Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows!

Sep 25, 2014

Recruitment is underway for our 20th class of Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows. The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program fosters the leadership abilities of aspiring health professionals, who design and implement service projects that promote health equity. Any student who will be enrolled at least part-time in a health-related, graduate-level-degree-granting program during the 2015-16 Fellowship year is welcome to apply. Information about the application process is available here and the application deadline is Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Many information sessions will be held at university campuses for prospective applicants throughout the fall. To view a schedule of information sessions, click here. We will also be hosting information sessions at our downtown office that are open to all interested students. RSVPs are required; click here for more information.