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Now accepting applications for Fellows for Life Seed Grants

April 5, 2024

For the past several years, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program has been able to offer seed grants to Fellows for Life interested in beginning, sustaining, or building on innovative community projects that help underserved Chicago communities. Each year, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program offers seed grants to Fellows for Life interested in beginning, […]

Registration and Sponsorship Open for the Health & Medicine Annual Awards Gala! 

April 3, 2024

Health & Medicine is excited to announce our 2024 Awards Gala at Ignite Glass Studios! Join us on September 12 from 6 – 9 p.m. as we celebrate the winners of our annual awards for Illinois leaders who exemplify Health & Medicine’s mission to build power and momentum for social justice and health equity in Illinois. […]

Kate McCormack, LCSW, Joins Health & Medicine as Illinois ACES Responsive Collaborative Director

Kate joined Health & Medicine in February 2024 and is responsible for leading the Collaborative in its effort to address trauma and ACEs to build resilience, promote healing, and advance equity throughout the state. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she […]

Call for Nominations: 2024 Health & Medicine Awards

April 1, 2024

Nominations are now open for our 2024 Health & Medicine Awards!  Join us in honoring the heroes of public health in our community who dedicate their lives to enhancing the health and well-being of others. We’re looking for individuals or organizations that embody the spirit of Health & Medicine’s commitment to fostering social justice and […]

Join Health & Medicine’s Summer Intern Cohort

Dive into a summer of impact and innovation with Health & Medicine’s Equity Intern Program. We’re on the lookout for passionate individuals ready to kickstart their careers in health policy and immerse themselves in our mission of advancing health equity and dismantling structural inequities. If you’re eager to contribute to meaningful projects, expand your professional […]

Join the Chicago AHEC Speakers Bureau 

Are you a health professional looking to inspire the next generation? We’re seeking applicants from a variety of health careers to join our Chicago AHEC Speakers’ Bureau and share your expertise with students. As a member of our Speakers’ Bureau, you’ll have the opportunity to:  Inform students about attainable health career paths  Motivate and empower […]

Apply to be an AHEC Scholar!  

The Chicago Area Health Education (AHEC) is seeking applications to the AHEC Scholars program. This innovative two-year opportunity provides hands-on training, professional development, and immersive experiences.  AHEC Scholars receive community-based, experiential, or clinical training in underserved areas, as well as didactic education on topics like Behavioral Health Integration and Social Determinants of Health. The program […]

Public Health Employer Partners Wanted for Good Jobs Challenge

Health and Medicine is seeking employers to partner with Good Jobs Challenge, an equity–focused workforce development initiative that will improve the regional and industry stability in Chicago’s health sector. As the convener of this grant, Health & Medicine is committed to addressing your workforce needs, challenges, and shortages by creating sustainable partnerships with training providers […]

Call for Youth Advisory Council Members

The Youth Pathways Committee is seeking young people from the age of 14-22 to join a Youth Advisory Council. This is a paid leadership opportunity for youth interested in advancing in health careers. Members of the council will have the opportunity to build power with their peers through project planning, outreach and engagement, and event […]

Reforms to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Permitting Process is Long Overdue

March 11, 2024

Statement by Health & Medicine’s Policy Director, Wesley Epplin: Recently, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency entered into an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency to reform permitting processes for heavy industry in Illinois. This move comes in response to a civil rights complaint made by Southeast Side of Chicago residents in response to […]

Mark Your Calendars for the Health & Medicine Annual Awards Gala!

March 7, 2024

Health & Medicine is excited to announce its 2024 Annual Awards Gala held from 6-9 PM, which will be held on September 12 at Ignite Glass Studios in Chicago. The Gala celebrates the winners of our annual awards for Illinois leaders who exemplify Health & Medicine’s mission to build power and momentum for social justice and […]

Announcing our 2024 Policy Agenda

March 4, 2024

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is pleased to release our 2024 Policy Agenda. Our policy priorities are aligned 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 all people can […]

Policy Director Wesley Epplin delivers testimony on the Cook County Health CEO search

February 27, 2024

Health & Medicine’s Wesley Epplin, Policy Director and Director of Health Equity, provided testimony today to the Health & Hospitals Committee of the Cook County Board of Commissioners regarding the Cook County Health CEO position. “In brief, for the Cook County Health CEO position, we need someone committed to social justice and health equity; who […]

Announcing 2024 Spring HiteHass Equity Intern Megan Hite

February 16, 2024

Health & Medicine is pleased to announce Megan Hite as the 2024 Spring Hite Hass Equity Intern.   Megan is studying at DePaul University and is expected to graduate with a master’s in business administration and public health by May 2026. As a certified Community Health Worker, she is focusing her MPH on Community Health […]

What we’re reading: Curated Picks from Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows and Fellows for Life

February 15, 2024

Health & Medicine is excited to share a curated list of reading recommendations from our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows and Fellows for Life. This selection, contributed by Fellows Hana Ahmed, Karyn Byrne, Chinasa Imo, Paige Madden, Michelle Soans, Jason Xiao, Julia Kavanagh, and FFL Anne Osuji, spans a variety of genres from suspenseful thrillers to […]

2003-04 Fellow for Life John Galvin Celebrates Two Decades of Youth Vision 

In a remarkable journey that began with the support of the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship in 2003-04, Fellow for life John Galvin has nurtured and grown the Early Exposures workshop, a project that has significantly impacted the lives of young Chicagoans through the art of photography. This year, Galvin invites the Schweitzer Fellowship community to […]

Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Program Seeks Sponsorships

February 13, 2024

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 more information about establishing a Named Fellowship, please reach out to Shannon Sweetnam, Director of Development and Communications,  For 28 years, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program has provided […]

Health & Medicine Seeks Sponsors for 2024 Forum for Justice in Health Policy Series

February 8, 2024

Partner with us! We invite you to sponsor the 2024 Health & Medicine Forum for Justice in Health Policy series.   Since 2014, the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group has convened thousands of individuals at its Forum for Justice in Health Policy series to consider and discuss some of the toughest topics related to […]

Building a Movement for Aging Equity in Illinois: The Journey of Illinois Aging Together 

In the landscape of public health and social justice, the Illinois Aging Together campaign stands out as a beacon of progress and commitment to aging equity. Launched in 2021, this campaign marks a significant step forward in ensuring that individuals across Illinois can live and age well, embracing a life course perspective that champions health […]

Illinois Embarks on a Healing-Centered Journey with Task Force Launch

February 5, 2024

In a significant stride toward fostering a trauma-informed state, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, facilitated by Health & Medicine, launched the Healing-Centered Illinois Task Force. This landmark event took place on January 30th, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Governors State University in the Hall of Governors, marking a pivotal advancement in addressing […]

Health & Medicine is pleased to welcome our spring equity interns! 

Health & Medicine is proud to introduce our newest cohort of spring equity interns, who bring fresh perspectives and diverse experiences to our ongoing commitment to healthcare equity. Jessica Coffee, MS candidate  Jessica Coffee earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and a PharmD from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and is currently pursuing […]

A Fond Farewell to Former Board Members

As we turn the page to a new chapter at Health & Medicine, we take a moment to honor and express our deepest gratitude to three remarkable board members who have recently concluded their terms: Sara Lindholm, Heather O’Donnell, and Max Clermont. Their dedication and contributions have been invaluable to our organization, and while they […]

Health & Medicine Welcomes New Board Members

January 29, 2024

Health & Medicine warmly welcomes Amy Lulich, MHA, Rene D. Luna, Yadira Montaya, MSPH, and Olyvia Phillips, MPH, MBA, to our board of directors.   “We are delighted to welcome our four new board members to Health & Medicine’s family. Each of them brings a wealth of experience and a profound commitment to public health, social […]

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 11, 2024

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” —Martin Luther King Jr. As we reflect on the teachings of Dr. King, his words continue to resonate with profound relevance, particularly in the context of the migrant crisis in Chicago and the ongoing struggle for healthcare for all and a just society. His belief in our […]