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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.


Schweitzer Fellow Spotlight: Scholars de Salud Mentoring Program Empowers Students to Pursue Health Careers

July 2, 2019

Nicole Paprocki, National Health Service Corps Scholar, Medical Student at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Schweitzer Fellow For Life (FFL) from the 2016-17 cohort, received a second FFL Seed Grant last year in order to sustain the three-year Scholars de Salud Mentoring Program. The program was designed and implemented in order to increase […]

Strength and Resilience 50 Years After Stonewall

June 27, 2019 Written By: Madison Hammett

June 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the so-called beginning of the LGBTQ Rights Movement. The truth is, of course, more complicated than a single raid on a single bar in 1969—similar resistance to police violence against the LGBTQ community had been taking place throughout the country for years—but it was Stonewall […]

Honoring Juneteenth: Links, Resources, and Local Celebrations

June 17, 2019

This year, for the second time in our organization’s history, Health & Medicine is celebrating Juneteenth. Here, we’ve compiled some links and resources about the significance of this holiday. If you don’t already, we hope that you or your organization will consider joining us in honoring this important day. What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the […]

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 […]

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.