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Organizations assisting with Medicaid redetermination need more resources and guidance

May 24, 2023

Health & Medicine surveyed IL organizations serving Medicaid populations to identify areas of concern as millions of Illinoisans need to renew their Medicaid or find other coverage.

Speaker Announcements for Trauma-Informed Awareness Day

May 19, 2023

Please join the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative on May 25, 2023 day of virtual events focused on community-driven solutions for building a healing-centered future in Illinois. Learn more and register here. We are pleased to announce that Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton will provide a keynote address at this year’s Trauma-Informed Awareness Day opening session. Lieutenant […]

Fellows for Life Seed Grant Application Deadline Extended to May 12th

May 5, 2023

Deadline extended! Fellows for Life are invited to submit proposals for seed grants of up to $3,000 to create, sustain, or build upon a year-long project to help improve the health and well-being of an underserved Chicago community. The project should be direct service oriented and should involve an existing community-based organization. The Fellow for […]

Executive Director, Margie Schaps speaks out about under-resourced clinics and “safety net” hospitals

May 3, 2023

Margie Schaps was quoted in a recent WBEZ article, “Mental health and medical deserts: the crisis facing Chicago’s next mayor”.  Read the article here.

Call for Nominations: 2023 Health & Medicine Awards

March 31, 2023

Nominations are now open for our 2023 Health & Medicine Awards! Help us celebrate the public health champions in our community who transform and improve the lives and well-being of all—both every day and in times of crisis—by nominating an individual or organization who exemplifies Health & Medicine’s mission to build power and momentum for […]

In Memoriam: Judith Heumann

March 6, 2023

March 4, 2023, disability rights legend Judith Heumann passed away. Heumann was a leading voice for the rights of disabled persons and a tireless advocate for health care, dignity, social justice, and inclusion for all people. Health & Medicine is proud to honor her legacy passion for our shared vision—a society free of social and health inequities […]

Policy Director Testifies After City Fails to Protect Neighborhoods from Industrial Pollution

March 1, 2023

On February 23, 2023, Wesley Epplin, Health & Medicine’s Policy Director, testified at the Chicago Environmental Justice Network press conference. Environmental Justice advocates joined Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez (33rd Ward) to call for changes, reform, and oversight in the wake of two reports charging that the City of Chicago fails to protect residents from industrial […]

Challenging Inequities for Transformational Care

February 17, 2023

Health & Medicine is pleased to announce our 2022 Annual Report! We have spent 41 years advancing social justice and addressing health inequities, protecting and expanding health care access across Illinois by improving health care delivery systems, and shaping policies that address the structural and social determinants of health. Join us in reflecting on our […]

Join the Statewide Movement for Aging Equity

Health & Medicine is building a statewide movement for aging equity, Illinois Aging Together. We are proud to showcase our newest video about this campaign, highlighting aging advocates and older persons throughout the state. Hear firsthand what it’s like to grow older in Illinois and what changes and planning we need to build a state that […]

Health & Medicine Announces 2023 Policy Agenda

February 1, 2023

Each year, Health & Medicine’s policy priorities shift to adjust to the most pressing public health equity issues. We align these priorities with our core values, our mission to build power and momentum for social justice and health equity in Illinois, and our vision of a society free of social and health inequities so that […]

Trainings on Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice for a Thriving and Equitable Illinois

January 20, 2023

Trainings on Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice More than 61% of adults in Illinois have experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), a potentially traumatic event such as abuse, witnessing violence, and experiencing discrimination, linked to poor health and social outcomes later in life. Community experiences such as gun violence, lack of educational or economic […]

Chicago AHEC Scholars Seeking Up-and-Coming Health Professionals

January 16, 2023

Apply today for our next cohort of AHEC Scholars! Chicago-area students in health career programs are invited to apply for our enhanced learning program designed to give students in-depth knowledge and a diverse set of skills to ensure success. Health & Medicine’s Chicago Area Health Education Center (Chicago AHEC) is part of the National AHEC Organization (NAO) […]

Health & Medicine Welcomes Spring 2023 Equity Interns

January 15, 2023

This fall, Health & Medicine welcomes our seventh cohort of interns in our Equity Intern Program: Marissa Jones, Norma Narsa, and Denesha Pruitt. Marissa Jones graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minor in childhood studies from Case Western Reserve University in 2019. After receiving her degree, she worked at Old Brooklyn Community Development […]

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 12, 2023

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  —Martin Luther King Jr. As I read through hundreds of powerful MLK, Jr. quotes recently, this one stood out as perfect for our times. We are fortunate to live in a state that supports a woman’s right to choose, has expanded […]