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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.


Who gets to work in health care?

May 30, 2023 Written By: Anson Tong

In reference to representation in medicine, Dr. LaMenta Conway pointed out, “You cannot be what you cannot see.” Having personally not seen a doctor until age sixteen, and now working on programs that provide educational support and engagement for students interested in health care professions through the I Am Abel Foundation, Dr. Conway is very familiar with the myriad obstacles stopping many from pursuing careers in health care. Primary care in particular suffers from a severe shortage in staff and would benefit from greater diversity. 

Defining Primary Care

Written By: Anson Tong

What are the intended goals of primary care, and what are the outcomes incentivized in our current system? As the two circles overlap less and less, the necessity of serious reconsideration and restructuring of not just primary care, but the American health care system becomes increasingly evident. 

Staff Highlight: Anna Yankelev

April 4, 2023

Anna Yankelev joined Health & Medicine as Director of Strategic Workforce Initiatives in Jan 2023, motivated by her passion for building a sustainable and equitable public health workforce and determined to form systems and structures to support its development. Anna has been a Chicago resident for seven years, applying her skills in coalition building and […]