At the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, we believe in being an engaged neighbor and partner to the people we serve, and appreciate the responsibilities and sentiments that come with that commitment. As leaders in the delivery of patient care, education and research, our vision is to create, nurture and sustain long-term relationships with the communities we serve. Community education designed to promote health and wellness is a primary focus of our efforts. In addition, we develop partnerships to bring together the expertise, resources and wisdom from the community with that of the health system to strengthen the quality of life for the many communities we serve and continuously elevate access to quality healthcare.
We believe in maintaining and consistent presence in the community, facilitating wherever possible more direct access to information and resources. By taking a dynamic, responsive approach that includes community outreach and engagement, as well as interdisciplinary and high impact partnerships between the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and the community, we are changing medicine. For good.
- The UIC Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCENHP) brings together faculty and community scholars to support, initiate, coordinate and celebrate community and University partnerships. This can be through encouraging and sustaining a supportive environment for productive dialogue, or through active intervention to addresses communication barriers inherent in diverse community, racioethnic and institutional cultures.
- UNISON Health is the University of Illinois Survey On Neighborhood Health with extensive in-person community health assessment of 1400 local residents.
- The Community Engaged Research Core (CERC), which is part of UI Health's Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, has been working with community researchers across campus to create an easy way to see what the UI Health System is doing to improve your neighborhoods.
- The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment for the University of Illinois Hospital and the broader health system identifies healthcare needs in our primary service area and spells out a plan for addressing the highest priority needs.