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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’s Commitment to Living our Values as an Equity Committed Organization

August 12, 2020 Written By: Ann Duffy, Melissa Martin, and Margie Schaps

Health & Medicine has been focused on and committed to health equity and social justice since its founding in 1981. While semantics have changed over these nearly forty years, our steadfast commitment to these values and our mission to challenge inequities has been solid. We challenge ourselves to look internally and ask how we are creating policy and practice for our own employees and board members that reflects the values of equity and social justice. This blog post is intended to start a conversation with you, our community. We invite you to look at what we’ve done to promote internal equity, share your own internal equity practices, and bring to attention anything we may have missed.

No Cops in Schools – Madison Hammett

July 23, 2020 Written By: Madison Hammett

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative is compelled to speak out about the presence of police in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and in all schools across our state through the use of School Resource Officers (SROs). Together with organizations like Assata’s Daughters, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Brave Space Alliance, Community Organizing and Family Issues, Good Kids […]

Our Role in Police Violence and the Culture that Permits It – Personal Reflection by Michael Gelder, Health & Medicine Founding Board Member

June 23, 2020 Written By: Michael Gelder, Founding Board Member of Health & Medicine

We have to realize ending police violence requires committed, long-term effort by people of all skin colors to achieve what we’ve been marching for since the murder of George Floyd—a system of public health and safety that respects the rights of every human being. This system includes the right to health care, adequate nutrition, quality […]

Juneteenth 2020 – Dr. Linda Rae Murray

June 16, 2020 Written By: Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH

“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious, is to be in a rage almost all of the time. So that the first problem is how to control that rage so it won’t destroy you. Part of the rage is this: it isn’t only what is happening to you, but it’s […]

Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit Inspires Local Youth to Pursue Healthcare Careers

May 15, 2020

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, just before the COVID-19 crisis made events like this seem surreal, Health & Medicine’s Chicago AHEC hosted the Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit at the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation. The summit brought together over 450 students, parents, educators, clinicians, and community leaders to inspire youth to consider careers […]