UChicago is committed to promoting health equity and improving access to care on the South Side, so all residents have the opportunity to thrive.
Working to fulfill its mission of medical education, research and patient care, UChicago Medicine collaborates with the community to provide world-class patient care and reduce health disparities throughout the South Side.
In partnership with neighborhood groups and faith-based organizations, we are fighting chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure, while helping patients manage their complex health needs and make healthy nutrition and fitness part of their daily lives.
The Urban Health Initiative guides a broad range of health partnerships designed to offer community health education, manage volunteer services, and forge alliances with hospitals and clinics throughout the South Side.
Our public health researchers collaborate with local, regional, and national organizations to prevent disease and promote the health of entire communities through evidence-based policies and innovative programs.
Pathbreaking Black mayors paving the way in urban policy
A February 1 event brought together a group of Black mayors who have been on the front lines of urban policy.
Road to recovery: How an innovative community-centered program is helping children and families build lives after trauma
The BHC Collaborative, founded on the premise that children and their families affected by trauma should be treated holistically, has helped both Nina Johnson and her son, Romel, to heal after his near-death gunshot wound.
‘Creating history’: Students interview essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
UChicago undergraduate students interviewed 48 essential workers, including CTA workers, about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic for a labor studies oral history project. The interviews will be archived in the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center.
Civic Leadership Academy
“Where you might not have seen or thought about synergies between organizations, they do actually exist if you dig a little deeper.”
Lead Violence Response Specialist, University of Chicago Medicine
Dwayne Johnson came to violence recovery work after losing his uncle to gun violence. He is now the lead specialist at UChicago Medicine’s Violence Recovery Program, the only hospital-based program of its kind in Chicago that serves both adults and children.