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Sept 13 – Bridging the Gap: Emergent Health Issues in Underrepresented Minorities

10th Anniversary!

Bridging the Gap: Emerging Health Issues in

Underrepresented Minorities

Date: Friday, September 13, 2013

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt, Chicago, IL 60612

FREE!: Complimentary registration; breakfast and lunch provided

Contact: Arlin Ospina at or (312) 996-1774

To Register: http:// bridgingthegapanniversary.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bridging the Gap symposiums.

At the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System we are committed to combining translational research with clinical care in order to redress health disparities that exist across the state. Through our efforts to address and alleviate health disparities, we have an opportunity to deliver personalized medicine to a racially and ethnically diverse patient population. Together, our focus on using translational research and personalized medicine to inform our clinical care will help us achieve a better understanding of the basic underpinnings of disease and disease processes, particularly among medically underserved Hispanics and African Americans within our primary service areas.  At the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System we are changing medicine for good by making the latest advancements more affordable and accessible for those who need it most.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bridging the Gap symposiums.
Secretary of State Jesse White will join us along with Dr. Dimitri Azar, Dean College of Medicine UIC, Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, Director, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Derek J. Robinson, Executive Director, Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality Illinois Hospital Association (IHA), Martha L. Daviglus, MD, PhD, Director, Institute for Minority Health Research, Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Chicago.


Mar 7 – Second City Anthropology Conference

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UIC Graduate Student Conference

  • Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2013
Challenging Communities: Power, Boundaries, and Resistance
Behavioral Sciences Building, University of Illinois at Chicago
Saturday, March 9, 2013.Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charles Stanish, Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA

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Feb 2 – Patient Population Symposium: A Look into Health Disparities in Urban Chicago

Patient Population Symposium: 
A Look into Health Disparities in Urban Chicago


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Registration & networking at 9:00am  Program begins at 9:15am

Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital
250 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL
Accessible via public transit — Reduced parking rates available

Lunch will be provided


Register Here


Building a Healthier Chicago and the Chicago Medical Society are hosting a symposium for medical and health professions students in the Chicago area interested in experiencing a genuine exposé of the real health issues and inequities in urban Chicago.


Expert presenters include:


  • ·         Dr. David Ansell, Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, RUSH University Medical Center and Author of County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital
  • ·         Dr. Bechara Choucair, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health
  • ·         Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, Clinical Co-Leader, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • ·         Dr. Tariq Butt, Deputy Medical Officer, Access Community Health Network
  • ·         Patient & Physician Testimonials, patients will speak to their experience receiving health care and services in various settings across Chicago; care providers will share their experience caring for a diverse patient body and their role in addressing health disparities


Topics to be addressed include the latest data from leading physicians surrounding research on health disparities in Chicago and what this means for health care providers, the City of Chicago’s Healthy Chicago Plan, how to advocate for and shape health care policy in today’s changing health care system, the high prevalence of trauma in our society and its impact on health. Chicago patients and providers will share their experiences within the health care system.


This will be an exciting opportunity to learn about the diverse Chicago patient population as well as a chance to hear from renowned Chicago physicians sharing wisdom and truth about their experiences and strides in health care, public health, and the 
elimination of health disparities.


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We hope you can join us for this important and informative event!


Register Today!


Questions? Please contact Christine Fouts at


Learn more about the hosts:

Building a Healthier Chicago (BHC)   

Chicago Medical Society (CMS)

CMS Medical Student District




Jan 28 – Mass Incarceration, the Drug War, and Public Health

The House I Live In: Mass Incarceration, the Drug War, and Public Health

A film screening and panel discussion


Monday, January 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

UIC School of Public Health

1603 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL

Accessible by Ashland #9 Bus, Pink/Blue Line, Taylor #157 Bus, and Roosevelt #12 Bus


Free Admission

Hosted by: Radical Public Health

Co-sponsored by: the Public Health Student Association and the UIC-SPH Office of Student Affairs

RSVP at the event page on Facebook:, and please forward this email widely to others who may be interested!


Following the film, we will have a panel discussion and Q & A with:

  • Mariame Kaba, Founder and Director of Project NIA and owner of the Prison Culture Blog
  • Joseph Strickland, PhD, from the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research
  • Amanda Klonsky, Student Transition Coordinator with the Network of Alternative Schools at Chicago Public Schools
  • Gwyneth Troyer, Director of the Prison Monitor Project at John Howard Association of Illinois
  • Members of Circles and Ciphers, engaged in transformative justice

Why see this film?  Simply put, understanding and upending the drug war and our system of mass incarceration are crucial to eliminating health inequities in the U.S.

The House I Live In features interviews with people on many sides of the drug war, including legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, and David Simon, author, journalist, and writer and producer of HBO’s The Wire.

“While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.” –

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Probe. Provoke. Praxis.

“A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that: to go to the roots.” ~ José Martí



Deadline Feb 8 – Call for Presenters – Women’s Leadership Symposium 2013

The Women’s Leadership & Resource Center and the WLS 2013 Planning Committee announce
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, February 8th 2013
Nineteenth Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium
The Power of Leadership: Changing the World, One Woman at a Time
Thursday, June 6, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Illinois Room, Student Center East
Our mission is to make leadership development more accessible to women on
campus and to address the unique issues faced by minority women.  We are
looking for presentations that address a holistic and broad view of
leadership development, which includes career and workplace issues,
work/life balance, financial, spiritual and physical well-being, self
exploration, and empowerment.
Past presentation topics have included: Mentoring, Decision Making, Conflict
Resolution, Communication Skills, Technology, Strategic Planning, Financial
Planning, Stress Management, Networking, Career Development, Cultivating
Diversity in the Work Force, and Women’s Health.Workshops are two-hour sessions that allow for interactive exercises,
discussion and/or hands-on activities. Volunteer presenters are invited to
join us for lunch, attend a workshop, and will receive a symposium gift bag.If you are interested in presenting a workshop please visit for additional
information and to download the submission form.Proposals can be submitted via e-mail to; fax: 312.413.8393; or
campus mail to the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center (M/C 363). The
submission deadline for workshop proposals is Friday, February 8th.

Please note:
*Proposals will be posted on the WLRC website on a password-protected page
for review by WLS committee members only.

Deadline Mar 25 – 2013 Student Research Forum Information

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The university is once again hosting the Student Research Forum, an annual student research event organized by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research (OVCR), Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (OVPUA), and UI Alumni Association.

This important campus-wide event showcases undergraduate, graduate and professional student research. This year’s forum will take place the afternoon of Tuesday, April 16. Abstracts are due March 25.  Please see  for more information (keeping in mind that we will continue to update this website as more information becomes available).

UIC Student Research Forum

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
1:00pm – 5:00pm
UIC Forum
725 West Roosevelt Road

The Student Research Forum represents one of the finest student-run activities at UIC. It is one of the few student activities that is academic in nature and includes the entire student body; undergraduate, graduate and professional. The Forum provides a venue for students at UIC to present their scholarly efforts and is an event in which the campus celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of this campus.

Students from all disciplines (Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, among others) are invited to present their work one-on-one to Forum attendees and judges during a high-energy 3-hour session, followed by an awards ceremony. Monetary awards will be given in various categories. Research presentations are accompanied by a poster or other visual display that captures the spirit of the research work and/or highlights key features of the project.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please call (312) 413-0075 at least one week prior to the event.

Extended Deadline Dec 21: CALL for ABSTRACTS 5th Annual Minority Health in the Midwest Conference


The UIC School of Public Health invites emerging scholars, community leaders and researchers from all disciplines to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentations for the 5th Annual Minority Health in the Midwest Conference, on February 22th, 2013 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Topics should address “Constructing the Foundation for Health Equity.” Submissions that focus on topics pertinent to Midwestern communities and minority, under-served,  marginalized and vulnerable populations are especially encouraged. Abstracts from research and/or practice-oriented projects from community members or organizations are welcome.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, December 21st, 2012

Please see the attached document for additional details and submission form. Completed forms should be emailed to for consideration. In the subject line include “Abstract for Minority Health Conference”.