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Welcome to the blog for Health & Medicine. Founded in 1981, we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as an independent, freestanding center driven by a singular mission: formulating health policy, advocacy and health systems to enhance the health of the public.


We Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day—and Call for Recognition and Rectification of Historical Injustices

October 5, 2018 Written By: Wesley Epplin

On Monday, October 8, 2018, Health & Medicine will, for the first time, be closed in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We invite you to join us in honoring and celebrating Native Peoples, Indigenous peoples, and First Nations of the Americas.

Action Opportunities to Influence Chicago’s Five-Year Housing Plan

August 30, 2018

On August 27, 120 people attended the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Housing Justice for Health Equity. We thank our co-sponsor, the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, and are glad this was the seventh forum organized by members of the Chicago Housing Justice League, of which Health & Medicine is a proud member. […]

Meet our Staff: Thank you to our summer interns!

August 29, 2018 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

This summer, Health & Medicine was fortunate to have four interns--(from left to right) Julia Morrison, Jared Cruz, Courtney Severin, and Grace Lee--supporting our work across a range of project areas from our Schweitzer Fellowship to Chicago AHEC and our ACEs programming. Thanks to all our interns for their great work!

Meet our Staff: Yuliana López

July 25, 2018 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

Yuliana López Yuliana joined Health & Medicine this summer as a Policy Research Analyst. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College where she earned a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with a minor in Global Health.Yuliana’s achievements include being named a BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Scholar and a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Female Scholar […]

Chicago AHEC Visits the Hill

July 18, 2018 Written By: Rachel Lackland

My name is Rachel Lackland, the administrative assistant for Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and 2014 Chicago AHEC Internship Alumni Network member. Together with Health & Medicine’s Chicago AHEC team—Sharon Powell, Chicago AHEC Director and former Senior Policy Analyst, Tiffany Ford accompanied me as well—I had the opportunity to join ILAHEC at their NAO […]

Conclusion to Issue Brief Series: Criminalization of People of Color as a Barrier to Diversifying the Health Workforce

July 6, 2018 Written By: Chicago AHEC

Chicago AHEC at Health & Medicine is pleased to share this issue brief series on Criminalization of People of Color as a Barrier to Diversifying the Health Workforce. Please read our introduction to the series below and our issue briefs. We will continue to update this page as briefs are released. Introduction Brief One: Disproportionate […]

Meet our Staff: Madison Hammett and Tiffany N. Ford

June 29, 2018 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

Madison Hammett, MPH, MSW Meet our newest staff member, Madison Hammett, Policy Analyst for the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative. Madison joins Health & Medicine from Stroger Hospital of Cook County where she worked as a social worker for the Department of Trauma providing psychoeducation and support to adolescent survivors of trauma. She is also a […]

What is Juneteenth? Links, Resources, and Local Celebrations

June 6, 2018 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

This year, for the first time in our organization’s history, Health & Medicine is celebrating Juneteenth. Here, we’ve complied some links and resources about the significance of this holiday. If you don’t already, we hope that you or your organization will consider joining us in honoring this important day. What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the […]

Juneteenth is African American Independence Day and it’s past time that we celebrate it

Written By: Tiffany N Ford

For the first time in the organization’s history, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group will be celebrating Juneteenth, a day regarded as the oldest national celebration of African American liberation in the United States. I’m not sure that I can fully describe how valued this decision makes me feel as a Black employee of the organization, […]

Members of the ACEs Collaborative Participate in National Convening

May 15, 2018 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

On April 25th and 26th, Director of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative (the Collaborative), Lara Altman, attended the Center for Health Care Strategies’ Advancing Trauma-Informed Care convening in New York City. Advancing Trauma-Informed Care is a national initiative led by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and its goal […]

Event Spotlight: The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative Welcomes Norwegian Delegation

April 10, 2018 Written By: Lara Altman

On April 6, 2018 the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health – Region 5 hosted Shared Learning in ACEs, Trauma, and Trauma-Informed Approaches from Norway and Illinois, a day-long summit that brought together a delegation of Norwegian government officials, Chicagoland […]

Schweitzer Fellow Spotlight: Cuidate Project Connects Families with Nature and Healthy Lifestyles

March 28, 2018 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

2017-18 Chicago Schweitzer Fellow Maryclaret Ndubuisi-Obi, a student from DePaul University School of Nursing, epitomizes the spirit of the Fellowship through her dedication to service and commitment to health equity. For her Fellowship project, Maryclaret partnered with Roberti Community House (RCH), a community center that serves a distressed neighborhood in Waukegan, where she worked to improve the […]

Learnings from Organizations that are Addressing Trauma

February 14, 2018 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

Augmenting a larger 2016 Environmental Scan conducted by Health & Medicine’s Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, in 2018 we set out to offer a more in-depth snapshot of organizations working to address trauma. The resulting report–Learnings from Organizations that are Addressing Trauma–-is based on an additional round of 27 interviews included five organizations that were part of […]

ACEs Policy Recommendations at a Glance

January 17, 2018 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

Earlier this month, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative released three revised policy briefs on the impact of ACEs in the health, justice, and education systems including promising practices and recommended actions for change. These briefs were developed by members of the Collaborative—system leaders in Illinois who are working from an ACEs-informed lens to improve systems to prevent and mitigate […]