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2022

Meet Our 2022 Health & Medicine Award Winners

July 5, 2022

Meet our 2022 Health & Medicine Award Winners! Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is pleased to announce the winners of our annual awards for Chicago-area leaders who exemplify the Health & Medicine mission to promote social justice and advance equity in health care. Join us at our 2022 Health & Medicine Awards Gala on September […]

Health & Medicine Announces 2022 Schweitzer Seed Grant Recipients

June 20, 2022

Each year, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program offers seed grants to Fellows for Life interested in beginning, sustaining, or building on innovative community projects. Fellows for Life commit to designing, implementing, and reporting on direct service-oriented projects with existing community-based organizations. We are pleased to share our 2022-2023 Seed Grant recipients! François Blumenfeld-Kouchner, 2010-2011 […]

Health & Medicine Announces Comprehensive Resource Guide

June 16, 2022

Over the past 40 years, Health & Medicine has created a large body of research and resources, which is accessible through our Resource Library. We recently curated what we feel are the most useful documents and organized them by our main program, policy, and research areas: Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Center for Public Health […]

Health & Medicine Welcomes Summer 2022 Equity Interns

June 5, 2022

This summer, Health & Medicine welcomes our sixth cohort of interns in our Equity Intern Program: Mehwish Ali, Anuj Jain, and Mayra Miranda! Mehwish Ali, Summer 2022 Ben Squires Equity Intern, is currently enrolled as a Master of Public Health student at Benedictine University in the divisions of Epidemiology and Health Management and Policy. She graduated from […]

Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Announces 2022-2023 Named Fellowship Recipients

June 1, 2022

Amy De La Torre, University of Illinois School of Medicine; Brice Jones, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine; Niam Vora, University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy; Austin Hwang, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Isaiah Brown, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine were awarded Named Schweitzer Fellowships—distinctions within a year-long service-learning program […]

Health & Medicine Launches Summer Friends Fundraising Campaign

Health & Medicine has spent the past 40 years fighting to protect and expand healthcare access and improve systems and policy so that equity is no longer a dream, but a reality. As we enter the summer months ahead, we need your help to counteract restrictive policies and to promote ones that will lead to […]

Mehwish Ali Announced as Summer 2022 Ben Squires Equity Intern

Health & Medicine is pleased to announce our Summer 2022 Ben Squires Equity Intern, Mehwish Ali. Mehwish is currently enrolled as a Masters of Public Health student at Benedictine University in the divisions of Epidemiology and Health Management and Policy. She graduated from Loyola University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Biology. […]

Health & Medicine Welcomes 2022-2023 Schweitzer Fellows

May 26, 2022

Twenty-eight passionate health professions graduate students have been selected for the distinguished Schweitzer Fellowship, a year-long service-learning program that helps Fellows design and implement innovative projects that help address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities. Named in honor of famed humanitarian and Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program encourages […]

Health & Medicine Statement on Buffalo Shooting

May 24, 2022

On May 14, 2022, the nation bore witness to a mass shooting by a white supremacist who was targeting Black community members in Buffalo, NY. In minutes, ten innocent Black people lost their lives. The traumatic impact of this racist attack has rippled across the country.  The most acute effect is rooted in the deeply […]

Health & Medicine Executive Director Margie Schaps Denounces Roe Reversal

May 5, 2022

On the evening of May 2nd, women in America confronted the stark and traumatizing reality that — for the first time in a half century — we are likely to lose our federal right to a safe and legal abortion. A leaked draft opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who was speaking for […]

Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Celebrates Class of 2021-2022

May 2, 2022

Each year, we gather to celebrate the tremendous work of our graduating Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows. We were thrilled to present our 25th class of Schweitzer Fellows — our second class to complete the Fellowship completely during the time of COVID-19 — at our Celebration of Service. Our 2021-2022 Fellows’ creativity, flexibility, and deep commitment to service […]

Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Announces 2022-2023 Frank J. Indihar, MD Fellowship

April 5, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program are pleased to announce the Frank J. Indihar, MD Schweitzer Fellowship. The Fellowship—named in honor of Frank Indihar, MD, whose grandniece, Kelly Moore (née Koronkowski), was a 2020-2021 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellow—was established to provide mentorship and support for those looking to […]

Call for Nominations: 2022 Health & Medicine Policy Research Group Awards

March 31, 2022

Nominations are now open for our 2022 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 in our community who exemplifies Health & Medicine’s mission to […]

Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Opens 2022 Seed Grant Application

March 16, 2022

For the past several years, the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program offered seed grants to Fellows for Life interested in beginning, sustaining and/or building on innovative community projects that help underserved Chicago communities. We are pleased to continue this offer and invite Fellows for Life to apply for a 2022 Seed Grant. Schweitzer Fellows for Life […]

Health & Medicine Launches Spring Monthly Donation Challenge

March 14, 2022

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Spring Monthly Donation Challenge! Donate $10 or more through Health & Medicine’s Monthly Giving Club to receive a coupon code for one FREE item from our Health & Medicine store. (Shipping not included.) Our Monthly Giving Club is a special group of donors who support Health […]

Health & Medicine’s Birth Center Task Force Renews Advocacy for Birth Center Expansion and Becomes Fiscal Sponsor to Support Chicago Southside Birth Center

March 8, 2022

Health & Medicine is proud of the role we have played in advocating for birth center* expansion and is pleased to announce our role supporting the development of a new birth center on Chicago’s south side. Throughout 2021, the Task Force was actively involved in renewed efforts to expand the availability of birth centers in […]

Lessons from the Frontlines: The Evolving Role of Community Health Workers

March 2, 2022

As the Community Health Worker (CHW) Pilot Project in West Suburban Cook County continues into its fourth year, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and Sinai Urban Health Institute are pleased to release the pilot’s Year 3 Evaluation Report. We are thrilled to share the results of the tireless work of the CHWs and the […]

Permit Denied: Southeast Side Community Organizers Win Environmental Justice Fight  

February 25, 2022

Following years of pressure from Southeast Side community members, last Friday, February 18, the Chicago Department of Public Health denied the permit for Southside Recycling, formerly known as General Iron, to operate on the Southeast Side. Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County congratulate the Southeast Side community members […]

Health & Medicine Announces 2021 Annual Report, Hope for Public Health in Illinois

February 18, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is pleased to announce our 2021 Annual Report, Hope for Public Health in Illinois. The report offers a comprehensive view of our work by program area, celebrates our 40th anniversary, and highlights significant achievements and milestones throughout our history. The report recognizes our 2021 Health & Medicine Award Winners, […]

Chicago AHEC Announces Sponsorship Opportunity for 2022 Black Men in White Coats Summit

February 7, 2022

Health & Medicine and the Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC) are pleased to announce that we are accepting sponsorships for our Black Men in White Coats Summit, to be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Malcolm X College in Chicago. Established in 2013, the Black Men in White Coats campaign aims to increase […]

Health & Medicine Welcomes Spring 2022 Equity Interns

February 4, 2022

This spring, Health & Medicine welcomes our fifth cohort of interns in our Equity Intern Program. Courtney L. Savage Hoggard continues her work from Fall 2021, while Sabrina Uddin and Stephanie Robinson, our Spring 2022 Ben Squires Equity Intern, join the team. In 2019, Courtney L. Savage Hoggard received a Bachelor of Arts in Health […]

Health & Medicine Announces 2022 Spring Ben Squires Equity Intern

Health & Medicine is pleased to announce our Spring 2022 Ben Squires Equity Intern, Stephanie Robinson. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. Most recently, she worked as a Research Evaluator for the Prenatal Stress Study at Michigan Medicine, helping to research the effects of prenatal […]

Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Announces Named Fellowship Sponsorships Available for 2022-2023 Class

February 1, 2022

Looking for a meaningful way to support the next generation of aspiring health professionals? Consider sponsoring a Named Fellowship at the Health & Medicine’s Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program. For 25 years, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program has provided a platform for graduate students to design and implement innovative projects that improve the health […]

Health & Medicine Announces 2022 Policy Agenda for Health Equity in Illinois

January 31, 2022

On Monday, January 31st, Health & Medicine released our 2022 Policy Agenda for Health Equity in Illinois. Each year, Health & Medicine’s policy priorities shift to adjust to the most pressing public health equity issues that we feel we are best equipped to address, yet one thing remains constant: our commitment to align these priorities […]

Health & Medicine Welcomes New Deputy Director

January 18, 2022

On Tuesday, January 18, Health & Medicine welcomed Gita Krishnaswamy as Deputy Director. Gita is responsible for the oversight of day-to-day operations, working with program directors and staff to ensure alignment with our mission and vision. In addition, she will manage implementation of a new strategic plan and closely support Executive Director Margie Schaps. “In […]

Health & Medicine Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 14, 2022

“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by human beings for breaking down injustice.” On January 17, 2022, Health & Medicine’s office will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national day of service that allows us to honor and reflect on the life, legacy, and dreams of Dr. […]


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