The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System prides itself on being an engaged partner to the many communities we feel honored serving. We take great pride and accept the responsibility that comes with that commitment. Each year the University of Illinois takes part in numerous community events to educate, nurture, and care for the many people that make up each of these communities.
American Heart Association, Go Red for Women:
Go Red for Women is a nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power of women banding together to wipe out heart disease and stroke, the number 1 and 3 cause of death in females.
Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic:
The annual parade and picnic in Chicago, Illinois is the oldest and largest African-American parade in the United States since 1929.
The Chicago Defender Charities, the charities arm of the Chicago Defender Newspaper, mission is to improve the quality of life for African Americans through education, cultural, and social programs. The focus of the parade is education and the betterment of Chicago's youth. UI Health's Mile Square Health Centers' staff provided glucose and blood pressure screenings at the picnic site to provide health and wellness for children and parents. The Mile Square Health Centers provide high quality, compassionate, health care, and social services.
Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition (CHHC):
The purpose of CHHC is the coordination of services to address health disparities in the Hispanic communities.
CHHC is a local non-profit organization in Chicago that prides itself in health awareness and outreach through a weekly electronic newsletter to 600 plus members, direct services to community residents, and an annual "Vive Tu Vida" Get up! Get Moving! The annual health fair is designed to promote physical activity for better health. For the past two years, the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System has sponsored the event and provided BMI information as well as Mile Square Clinic and general UI Health information to over 700 individuals who attended the annual "Vive Tu Vida" health fair.
Fiesta del Sol:
Fiesta del Sol is the largest alcohol and tobacco free festival in the nation and the largest Latino festival in the Midwest, attracting over one million attendees every year.
This festival is organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, serving families in the Pilsen neighborhood since 1954. Pilsen Neighbors Community Council provides free educational services throughout the year, and works to empower neighboring churches, schools, and working with other organizations to fulfill its mission of establishing policies and practices in the Greater Pilsen Area. In partnership with the Chicago Fire, UI Health provided information on Mile Square Health Centers, bilingual doctors, and the Immediate Care Clinic at this year's Fiesta del Sol.
To learn more about the impact we are having on our community, please visit our Annual Community Events list.
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.
- 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.