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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.

2022

Meet Our Award Winners: Sharon D. Gates

August 17, 2022

Lifetime Achievement Award Sharon D. Gates Sharon Gates, D.S.W., is a Chicago-based leader in the nonprofit sector. She has been a longtime employee of the Rush University Medical Center where she works in both the academic and corporate wings of the hospital’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) department. Dr. Gates has focused her career on […]

Meet Our Award Winners: Sista Yaa Simpson

August 10, 2022

Lifetime Achievement Award Sista Yaa Simpson Yaa Simpson (Sista Yaa), M.P.H., is a veteran, advocate, and community epidemiologist for The Association of Clinical Trial Services (TACTS) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). TACTS is a Black, women-led, and veteran-owned business that is the only one of its kind in Illinois. “I’m standing on […]

July Recap: What We’re Reading at Health & Medicine

August 4, 2022

Each month, Health & Medicine staff gather articles and other readings we find important, helpful, and informative to our work. Read below for a recap of July’s resources: WBEZ Chicago: From police raids to reproductive justice, abortion history in Illinois is long and bumpy Chicago Tribune: Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls special legislative session on reproductive rights as […]

Staff Highlight: Anaga Dalal

Anaga came to Health & Medicine in May 2022 after spending most of her working life in New York where she was most recently with MDRC, a social policy research organization. Previously, she worked at a range of nongovernmental and media organizations that include the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Coalition for the International Criminal […]

Meet Our Award Winners: Anne C. Evens

August 2, 2022

Lifetime Achievement Award Anne C. Evens Anne Evens, M.Sc., Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Elevate, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago. Elevate works to promote universal access to clean, healthy, safe, and affordable heat, power, and water for people in their homes and communities — no matter who they are, or where they […]

Meet Our Award Winners: The Night Ministry

July 27, 2022

Group Award The Night Ministry The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that provides human connection, housing support, and health care to members of the local community who are unhoused or experiencing poverty. With an open heart, they compassionately accept each individual as they are and work alongside them to advocate for their immediate physical, […]

Meet Our Award Winners: CROWD at Sinai Urban Health Institute

July 19, 2022

Group Award CROWD at Sinai Urban Health Institute Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) is a leader in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative approaches to improving population health management. For 22 years, SUHI’s health interventions have utilized the community health worker (CHW) model, showing positive health and financial outcomes. The Center for CHW Research, […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

July 6, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and […]

Staff Highlight: Karol Dean

July 5, 2022

Karol joined Health & Medicine as Director of the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program in June 2022, driven by a passion to nurture a community service orientation among evolving health and human service professionals.  “The Schweitzer Fellowship draws graduate student activists into the ongoing struggle for public health equity, Karol says. “The innovation, adaptability, and […]

Health & Medicine Statement on Roe Reversal

June 24, 2022

We are heartbroken that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will further endanger the health and safety of millions of people in Illinois and the United States, especially in lower-income communities and communities of color. Health & Medicine affirms its commitment to advocate for the the right to compassionate, equitable, accessible health […]

Commemorating Juneteenth with a Renewed Call to Action

June 17, 2022

We the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one. –Amanda Gorman Health & Medicine joins fellow Illinoisans and all Americans to mark June 19th, or Juneteenth, as a day […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

June 10, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and […]

May Recap: What We’re Reading at Health & Medicine

May 31, 2022

Each week, Health & Medicine staff gather articles and other readings we find important, helpful, and informative to our work. Read below for a recap of May’s resources: Week of 4/29 WBEZ Chicago: Life expectancy of Chicagoans dropped by two years during the first year of the pandemic Healthy System Tracker: COVID-19 mortality preventable by vaccines Chicago […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and […]

Construyendo Hacia el Impacto: Aprendizajes del Tercer Año del Piloto de Promotores de Salud en los Suburbios del Condado de Cook

May 20, 2022

La Historia de Una Promotora de Salud En su México natal, Yudy Galván era médica y, en ese rol, comenzó a cultivar su amor por involucrarse y ayudar a su comunidad a llevar una vida saludable. Yudy es una promotora de salud y supervisora en el Centro Médico Alivio, una de las organizaciones originales en […]

Building Toward Impact: Year 3 Learnings of Community Health Worker Pilot in Suburban Cook County

May 19, 2022

One CHW’s Story In her native Mexico, Yudy Galvan was a physician, and in that role, she began to cultivate her love for engaging and helping her community lead healthy lives. Yudy is a community health worker (CHW) and CHW supervisor at Alivio Medical Center, one of the original organizations in the three-year CHW Pilot […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

May 17, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and […]

Board Highlight: Sara Lindholm

May 4, 2022

Before retiring in 2013, board member Sara Lindholm worked for 40 years as an affordable housing developer. Sara began her work at City Lands Corporation, the development affiliate of the South Shore Bank of Chicago, where she served as President and then Chairman of City Lands Corporation for twelve years. She then moved on to […]

Staff Highlight: Mayra Diaz

May 2, 2022

Mayra is a Policy Analyst who joined Health & Medicine’s Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative in February of 2022. At Health & Medicine, she plays a critical role in supporting institutions across Illinois, helping them integrate trauma-informed and healing-centered frameworks into their policies and practices. Mayra obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at […]

April Recap: What We’re Reading at Health & Medicine

Each week, Health & Medicine staff gather articles and other readings we find important, helpful, and informative to our work. Read below for a recap of April’s resources: Week of 3/25 Chicago Tribune: Illinois’ new health care program for undocumented seniors leaves some of the most vulnerable behind NPR: Better air in classrooms matters beyond COVID. Here’s […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

April 21, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and […]

March Recap: What We’re Reading at Health & Medicine

March 31, 2022

Each week, Health & Medicine staff gather articles and other readings we find important, helpful, and informative to our work. Read below for a recap of March’s resources: Week of 2/28 Brookings: The pandemic showed why social and structural determinants of health matter. Now it’s time for policymakers to act Kaiser Health News: The Demise of Single-Payer […]

Board Highlight: Tom Wilson

Tom’s connection to Health & Medicine began in the early 90s when he worked alongside Quentin Young on the Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC). As the two staunchest defenders of universal single payer health care on that board, the pair resigned together when CBHC surrendered this as a primary goal, but their work together […]

Staff Highlight: Sara Wright-Pupo

Sara joined Health & Medicine in 2022 as a member of the Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC) team. As the AHEC Program Coordinator, she supports initiatives to recruit and retain a diverse health workforce. Sara was drawn to Health & Medicine because she knew that she wanted to directly serve Chicago communities by ensuring […]

Honoring the Life of Dr. Paul Farmer (1959-2022)

March 30, 2022

Written by Ange Uwimana, 2021-2022 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellow On February 21 at 8:26 a.m., I received some of the worst news of my life. A friend of mine from Rwanda sent me a text via WhatsApp saying: “Sorry for your loss, just heard about Paul Farmer’s passing.” I was sitting in the Edelstone Lounge of […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

March 29, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and […]

What We’re Reading: Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program

March 24, 2022

Each year, we ask our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows for their top book recommendations. From page-turning novels, to eye-opening essay collections, to comprehensive examinations of history and public health, we are thrilled to share this year’s list! Preview recommendations from the Class of 2022 (our 25th class of Fellows!) below, and read the full list […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

March 16, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and […]

Staff Highlight: Shajaya Martinez

March 3, 2022

Shajaya Martinez joined Health & Medicine in January 2022 – joining the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship team as it wraps up its 25th anniversary and prepares to welcome a new class of Fellows. Providing administrative support and coordinating aspects of the Schweitzer Fellowship and Fellows for Life Program, Shajaya works closely with Program Director Maya […]

Board Highlight: Kai Tao

A board member since 2015, Kai Tao, ND, MPH, CNM, has experience in health policy, programs, and clinical operations. Her experience spans a wide variety of reproductive advocacy and on the ground efforts, from opening a birth center in Phoenix to starting affordable vasectomy services for Illinoisans. Given Health & Medicine’s longstanding advocacy for freestanding […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

February 24, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

February 7, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and […]

What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

January 24, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans of all ages live, work, play, and age. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and stories […]


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