Join and attend our events to better understand and interact with the variety of new laws, programs, guides, and groups that help establish health justice and health equality for all.
Oct 13, 2017
Join us for our awards celebration which will be held on October 13 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Submit a nomination for an activist or organization whose work deserves to be honored by June 1.
Apr 19, 2017
On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Loyola University Regents Hall, Health & Medicine and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program hosted the 2017 Celebration of Service celebrating the accomplishments of our 2016-17 Schweitzer Fellows.
Apr 18, 2017
On April 18, 2017 the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted a webinar aimed at expanding understanding of the far-reaching impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Heartland Alliance's Social Impact Center 2017 Poverty Report explores the relationship between poverty, violence, and trauma and, through its findings, argues that addressing Illinois’s violence crisis must involve investing in reducing poverty and treating trauma
Mar 17, 2017
How can we prevent violent and fatal encounters involving the police? This forum will explore how public health can utilize its expertise in counting police-involved injuries and deaths to aid in prevention efforts and policy change to advance health equity.
Feb 28, 2017
On February 28, 2017, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative presented this exciting webinar illustrating the intersection of trauma and the educational system. Dr. Amanda Moreno and Erikson Institute doctoral student Kandace Thomas presented on features of the Calm Classroom K-2 project, a large randomized controlled trial of mindfulness and related strategies taking place in 30 high-poverty Chicago Public Schools.
Dec 15, 2016
On December 15, 2016, Health & Medicine hosted a discussion on investing in Chicago’s schools, asking: “What investments, beyond education, are needed to create and sustain an equitable City?”
Oct 26, 2016
On Wednesday, October 26 at Columbia College Chicago, the 2016-17 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows hosted Healing After Violence. The night allowed guests to learn about individual and community-level healing approaches as well as explore how communities utilize different methods to heal after violence.
Oct 19, 2016
On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Chicago Health & Medicine welcomed almost 200 guests to the 6th HMPRG Awards. The awards honor individuals and organizations across six categories and celebrate those whose work exemplifies Health & Medicine’s mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care. Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the Awards and congratulations to our 2016 honorees!
Oct 07, 2016
On Friday, October 7, Health & Medicine held the second forum of a two-part series on the ethics and assumptions of caregiving for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. context. The first event in this series was held on June 23rd and introduced the historical context of key Long-Term Care policy decisions along with current trends and perspectives within the paid and unpaid workforce. The event provided the opportunity to take the conversation further, examining the ethics and injustices embedded in giving and receiving care within the current Long Term Care system, connecting to our current political environment, and crafting a vision for a better society.
Sep 28, 2016
Join 2016-17 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows, Health & Medicine, Rush University, and our panelists on Wednesday, September 28 for an evening of personal perspectives on barriers to quality healthcare. Attendees will also gain an understanding of possible solutions to support a more inclusive system.
Sep 14, 2016
On Wednesday, September 14, the Schweitzer Fellows for Life hosted Schweitzer Fellows Fest (formerly Summer Fest), an opportunity for family, friends, and the community to support our 2016-2017 Schweitzer Fellows as they begin to implement innovative public service projects in Chicago's most vulnerable communities. The campaign has raised over $8,000 to support the Fellows' health improvement projects.
Jul 23, 2016
CPR certification is important: Illinois high school students are now mandated to have this certification to graduate and many health professionals must keep their certification current. Most importantly, the knowledge and skills you gain through CPR certification might save someone’s life! Come join Chicago AHEC at Health & Medicine and learn the many tools, hands on training, and important information needed to become CPR certified or to renew your certification. Chicago AHEC is offering two sessions on July 23 and 25. Trainings are free but registration is required.
Jun 29, 2016
Achieving health equity requires focusing directly on the social determinants of health within our public health system and across all areas of public policy and practice. Advancing the Work: A Social Determinants of Health Toolkit for Reducing Infant Mortality provided an opportunity to learn about ways we can work to make progress on the social determinants of health.
Jun 23, 2016
On Thursday, June 23, 2016 Health & Medicine held the first event in a two part series--part of our Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy--on current realities and future directions for paid and unpaid caregivers for older adults and people with disabilities. Almost 100 professionals in the healthcare and social services, including providers, activists, and policy advocates joined us for the first event in this series.
May 22, 2016
Join us in celebrating the remarkable life of Quentin D. Young, MD on May 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Hyde Park, Chicago. We invite all those who wish to honor Quentin and his legacy of activism to join the Young family and friends, colleagues, and relatives in this memorial celebration.
Apr 30, 2016
From April 29 to May 1, 2016 Health & Medicine welcomed almost 200 guests for a weekend of events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program and the 10th anniversary of our Fellows for Life alumni program.
Apr 27, 2016
On April 27, 2016 the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative welcomed over 200 clinicians, researchers, teachers, service providers and other community members to for a conversation led by Laura Porter, one of the country’s leading experts on ACEs. Held at the Hughes Auditorium at Northwestern University, the event provided an opportunity to learn about recent national developments that have the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of the residents and communities of Chicago and Illinois.
Apr 14, 2016
Approximately 900,000 people living in Illinois are not U.S. citizens, including about a half-million people who are undocumented immigrants. They experience unique health risk factors, but they are also not eligible to receive insurance under the ACA. On April 14, 2016 at Loyola University School of Law, Health & Medicine held a meeting of the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy to explore how Illinois can better ensure the health of noncitizens in its efforts to work toward health equity.
Apr 12, 2016
On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Northwestern University Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, Health & Medicine and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship hosted our 2016 Celebration of Service to honor the accomplishments of the 2015-16 Schweitzer Fellows. In addition to celebrating our Fellows, the event will featurd a keynote presentation on “Championing the Health of the Whole Personand Communities Where People Thrive” by Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, UIC Distinguished Professor and Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry.
Mar 04, 2016
Public health and medical data are essential for measuring progress in reducing health inequities and improving the nation’s health. On Friday, March 4, 2016 at Loyola University Chicago, Health & Medicine held a meeting of the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy to discuss "Reforming Illinois Public Health Data Systems."
Feb 26, 2016
Health & Medicine and our Court-Involved Youth Project invite you to “Sharing Learning to Support Incarcerated Youth,” a convening for healthcare providers, service providers, and people working in juvenile justice taking place at University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration on Friday, February 26.
Feb 19, 2016
On Friday, February 19, 2016 at PCC Wellness, Health & Medicine and our Court-Involved Youth Project hosted a convening for healthcare providers, service providers, and people working in juvenile justice on “Sharing Learning to Support Incarcerated Youth.”
Jan 15, 2016
On January 15, 2016 at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Health & Medicine hosted a meeting of the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy focused on Creating a New Vision for Illinois’ Budget.
In the face of the ongoing budget crisis, this forum will explore what a reasonable Illinois budget would look like: How much revenue is needed, how that revenue should be raised, and how much the state should serve on critical services, especially healthcare and human services? The dialogue that comes out of this event will contribute to progressive thinking about how the budget of a wealthy state such as Illinois should be constructed and examine how Illinois can move beyond short-term budget crises to stable solutions.
Jan 08, 2016
Are you interested in applying to the Schweitzer Fellowship but would like some help working through your project idea? Have you started your application but are feeling a little stuck? Join us on Friday, January 8th 1:30PM – 3PM in person or online for an open house to discuss project ideas and/or ask questions about the application process!
Nov 10, 2015
From November 10 to 13, 2015 the Illinois ACE Response Collaborative – a diverse group of organizations and agencies committed to expanding and deepening the understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the health and wellbeing of Illinois residents and their communities—welcomed over 500 community members for five local screenings of the critically-acclaimed documentary Paper Tigers.
Oct 31, 2015
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is pleased to offer five Radical History Tours at this year’s APHA meeting in Chicago. The tours are being co-sponsored by: the Spirit of 1848 Caucus, the Nursing Section, and the Occupational Health and Safety Section of APHA. In addition to four scheduled tours, a self-guided tour (with a printable PDF guide) will be made available. Tours will take place on October 31st and November 1st, 2015.
Oct 20, 2015
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Loyola University, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group held a meeting of the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series, Locked Out of Opportunity: Diversifying the Health Workforce. The forum provided an opportunity to discuss policy reform efforts in recent years that have focused on reducing the barrier that arrest and criminal records can place on employment opportunities, generally, and in the health workforce, specifically.
Oct 13, 2015
On Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Fairmont Chicago Hotel, Health & Medicine welcomed over 200 guest to our 35th Anniversary Gala. In addition to celebrating our founding, the event also honored the accomplishments of David Satcher, MD, PhD; the Louise H. Landau Foundation; and Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH.
Sep 18, 2015
Health & Medicine and our Court-Involved Youth Project invite you to “Community Support for Incarcerated Youth” on Friday September 18 at Austin Town Hall. Healthcare, mental health, and social service providers who work with youth who are or have been involved in the juvenile justice system are invited to join us for this community convening, which is specifically targeted at those working in the 60644, 60623, 60624, 60620, 60628 zip codes.
Sep 11, 2015
Health & Medicine and our Court-Involved Youth Project invite you to “Community Support for Incarcerated Youth” on Friday September 11 at Harris Park Field House. Healthcare, mental health, and social service providers who work with youth who are or have been involved in the juvenile justice system are invited to join us for this community convening, which is specifically targeted at those working in the 60644, 60623, 60624, 60620, 60628 zip codes.
Aug 28, 2015
On Friday, August 28, 2015 at Loyola University, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group hosted a meeting of the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series focused on Improving Health by Reaching Patients in the Home.
Aug 27, 2015
Thank you to the family, friends, and community members who joined us on August 27th for Schweitzer Summer Fest 2015. An event to support our 2015-2016 Schweitzer Fellows as they begin to implement innovative public service projects in Chicago's most vulnerable communities.
Jun 24, 2015
On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Loyola University Health & Medicine and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship hosted the 2015 Schweitzer Leadership Award event celebrating the achievements of M. Fred Friedman, J.D.
May 11, 2015
With a large structural deficit, Illinois’ new Governor, Bruce Rauner, has proposed significant budget cuts to many State health and social service programs, including a $1.5 billion cut to Medicaid, as well as extensive cuts to mental health and public health. Recent and planned health reforms—and the health of Illinoisans who depend on a variety of state-funded health programs—are seriously threatened by the proposed budget cuts. On May 11, 2015, the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy held a meeting focused on addressing how this austerity environment impacts on health and reform.
May 07, 2015
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group invites you to join us in celebrating Martha Holstein and Phyllis Mitzen for their recent accomplishments, including the publication of Martha's book and Phyllis's Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers.
Apr 15, 2015
On April 15, 2015 Health & Medicine and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship celebrated the accomplishments of our 2014-15 Fellows at the Annual Celebration of Service event held at Northwester University. In addition to honoring the Fellows, the event featured a keynote address, "Leadership: Listening First," by Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH, FAAFP, medical director of Heartland Health Outreach and a Schweitzer Fellow for Life.
Apr 10, 2015
On Friday, April 10, 2015 at Loyola University, Health & Medicine’s held a meeting of the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy addressing Advancing Health Workforce Policy Reform. The event featured a discussion of the policy, practice, and programmatic efforts necessary to meet Illinois’ health workforce needs.
Mar 23, 2015
On March 23, 2015, Health & Medicine hosted this free CLE for criminal defense attorneys. The course will addressed the experiences of transgender youth & adults in the legal system—from police treatment during arrest to strategies and pitfalls in court, to the rights and needs of clients in locked facilities. Advocates and attorneys will presented their experiences and expertise to help ensure that transgender clients receive zealous representation that considers their unique needs and circumstances.
Mar 12, 2015
On March 12 and 13, 2015, the Illinois ACE Response Collaborative hosted the 2015 Midwest Regional Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Partnerships Across Generations for Healthy Futures in Chicago, Illinois. The Summit—the first event of its kind in Chicago—brought together national and local leaders to explore emerging research, policy and practice implications around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in order to increase the efficacy of the healthcare, education, criminal justice and employment sectors in our region.
Mar 06, 2015
On March 6, 2015, Health & Medicine hosted this free CLE for criminal defense attorneys. The course will addressed the experiences of transgender youth & adults in the legal system—from police treatment during arrest to strategies and pitfalls in court, to the rights and needs of clients in locked facilities. Advocates and attorneys presented their experiences and expertise to help ensure that transgender clients receive zealous representation that considers their unique needs and circumstances.
Feb 25, 2015
Heath & Medicine's Court-Involved Youth Project hosted Healthcare Access for Incarcerated Youth, a convening for healthcare providers, service providers, and people working in juvenile justice on Wednesday, February 25 at PCC Austin Family Health Center in Chicago.
Feb 23, 2015
On February 23, the 2014-15 Schweitzer Fellows hosted a discussion on the challenges facing the healthcare system, providers, and caregivers in meeting the needs of the rapidly aging U.S. population on the evening.
Feb 18, 2015
Heath & Medicine's Court-Involved Youth Project hosted Healthcare Access for Incarcerated Youth, a convening for healthcare providers, service providers, and people working in juvenile justice on Wednesday, February 18 at Access Community Health Center in Chicago.
Feb 10, 2015
On Tuesday, February 10 at Loyola University, Health & Medicine hosted a meeting of The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series focused on exploring whether recent health reform efforts are advancing the State of Illinois toward health equity.
Jan 08, 2015
On Thursday, January 8, 2015 Health & Medicine hosted the third meeting of The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Redefining Priorities for Health Reform in a Time of Transition. This forum focused on opportunities to advance health reform in the State of Illinois. Attendees learned about where health reform efforts stand as we move into a new administration, explored essential initiatives on which millions of people around the State of Illinois depend, and how advocates can promote and protect valuable health reforms.
Nov 05, 2014
On Wednesday, November 5th at the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University, the 2014-15 Chicago Schweitzer Fellows hosted a symposium focused on Providing Culturally Competent Health Care.
Oct 30, 2014
On Thursday, October 14, Health & Medicine hosted a meeting of our Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy, an ongoing discussion series on evolving health reform models, challenges, and successes. The forum focused on People with Developmental Disabilities and Managed Care and took place at the UIC School of Public Health from 9:00-11:30am.
Oct 28, 2014
On Tuesday, October 28th at 6:00pm at the UIC Ear & Eye Infirmary, the 2014-15 Chicago Schweitzer Fellows hosted a symposium on "Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health: How Can Healthcare Providers Do Better?"
Oct 14, 2014
October 14th, 2014, over 100 guests joined us for our 2014 HMPRG Awards. The event honored nine inspiring Award winners whose work exemplifies Health & Medicine’s mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care.
Sep 03, 2014
Over 200 providers, advocates, and stakeholders from across the spectrum joined us for this forum featuring panels on care coordination initiatives and related workforce development issues as well as discussion held on September 3, 2014 at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Aug 27, 2014
Schweitzer Summer Fest 2014 took place on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Hosted by Fellow for Life Bernice Man, the event provided and opportunity for family, friends, and the community to support our 2014-2015 Schweitzer Fellows as they work to implement innovative public service projects in Chicago's most vulnerable communities.
Aug 26, 2014
On Tuesday, August 26 from 11:00am-12:30pm Health & Medicine hosted a webinar designed to meet the educational needs of health professionals who accept health insurance coverage.
Aug 14, 2014
On Thursday, August 14, 2014 Health & Medicine hosted a forum on Education and Health Equity: Everybody In, Nobody Out. Almost 250 educators, public health professionals, and community member attended the forum which was held at Malcolm X College. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Chief Medical Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health Linda Rae Murray, MD, gave the keynote addresses.
Jul 16, 2014
On Wednesday, July 16 Health & Medicine Policy Research Group hosted a forum event at UIC on Challenges to the Healthcare Safety Net in a Reforming Healthcare Environment. The event was the first session in The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy, a series of monthly discussions about evolving health reform models, challenges, and successes
May 05, 2014
On Monday, May 5, 2014 Health & Medicine held a forum at the University of Illinois at Chicago on current health reform and public health efforts in Illinois.
Apr 21, 2014
On April 21, 2014 Health & Medicine hosted a forum at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois focused on Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs, providers, policy makers, and advocates gathered for this event which addressed CHWs' roles in modles of care, state legislative initiatives, and compensation for CHWs.
Apr 17, 2014
The 2014 Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program's Annual Event celebrating the accomplishments of the 2013-14 Schweitzer Fellows was held on April 17, 2014 at Northwestern University and featured Keynote Speaker Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President.
Feb 27, 2014
The Schweitzer Leadership Award event was held at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
Feb 07, 2014
What is Disproportionate Minority Contact, and How Do We Stop It? Roosevelt University and Health & Medicine Policy Research Group hosted a summit on February 7, 2014 to share information and set an agenda for a new generation of advocates.
Feb 20, 2014
The State of Illinois has launched an effort to develop a Path to Transformation Medicaid Waiver under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services waiver authority, Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. Section 1115 waivers allow states to test new approaches in Medicaid that differ from federal program rules. An essential part of preparing the 1115 Waiver application is gathering input from stakeholders across Illinois. Health and Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG) is working with the Illinois Office of the Governor and Health Management Associates (HMA) to ensure that stakeholders have an opportunity to present their ideas for system transformation.
Dec 10, 2013
We had a second book signing with Quentin, at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Hyde Park. It was held on Tuesday, December 10th. Quentin signed copies of his book, "Everybody In, Nobody Out: Memoirs of a Rebel Without a Pause."
Nov 19, 2013
On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the 2013-14 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows presented a symposium on:
Violence Within and Against the LGBTQ Community.
Oct 28, 2013
The Schweitzer Fellows invited a diverse panel of experts to discuss inequities that place various populations at higher risk for incarceration, as well as the health inequities experienced by those within the prison system. We thank the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work for hosting this event.
Oct 24, 2013
On October 24, 2013, the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows for Life (FFL) hosted a night of networking, delicious food and fun at Arya Bhavan.
Oct 01, 2013
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group held a forum on October 1, 2013 focused on helping Community Health Centers (CHCs) prepare for contracting and working with Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).
Sep 19, 2013
The 2013-14 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Present:
A Symposium on
The Impact of Violence on Women: A Health Care Perspective
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
6:15pm – 8:00pm
@ the DePaul Alumni Center Auditorium
2400 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago
(Lincoln Park, near the intersection of Sheffield and Fullerton)
Aug 28, 2013
On August 28, 2013, Radical Public Health presented its first event of this school year. Radical Data: How (Not) Counting Prison Inmates is Concealing Racial Inequality featured a lecture from Becky Pettit, professor of sociology at the University of Washington and author of Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress. Pettit shared material from her book, focusing on the omission of incarcerated men from many data collection methods.
Aug 22, 2013
The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows for Life celebrated the 2nd Annual Schweitzer Summer Fest on Thursday, August 22nd from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. It was a night of celebration and inspiration. A special thanks to Brooklyn Brewery for the delicious beer they provided! You can still donate to support current Fellows' projects. Every dollar spent will be matched by an anonymous donor!
Jun 27, 2013
Thank you for joining us on Thursday, June 27, 2013 for:
"Medicaid Managed Care in Illinois: Developing Innovative Partnerships for Health."
May 29, 2013
Schweitzer Fellows for Life joined us for a presentation and networking dinner on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:00PM. Fellow for Life Francois Blumenfeld-Kouchner shared photos and told tales from his recent Schweitzer Fellowship experience in Lambaréné,
Apr 02, 2013
On Tuesday, April 2, HMPRG’s Center for Long-term Care Reform hosted an Economic Security Lunch and Learn on the implementation of the Colbert Consent Decree: Illinois' Olmstead lawsuit, which requires that individuals who reside in a nursing facility in Cook County have the option to transition back to the community if they desire.
Mar 22, 2013
Chicago AHEC hosted a training for health and social service providers to learn about and get connected to VA and community-based resources that support Veterans and their families.
Mar 04, 2013
The 2012-13 Chicago Schweitzer Fellows will host a symposium, "Deconstructing Homelessness," featuring speakers from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, The Night Ministry, and the Broadway Youth Center.
Jan 25, 2013
Information and materials from the 2013 CHW Forum
Sep 27, 2012
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG) is hosting a series of discussions around economic security. This Lunch & Learn occurred on September 27, 2012 to look at the current outlook for retirement for older adults.