Mission: An independent policy center that conducts research, educates and collaborates with other groups to advocate policies and impact health systems to improve the health status of all people. The mission is to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care. The organization derives its uniqueness from the diversity of issues it addresses and the single-mindedness of its vision: an equitable health care system which provides access to quality, affordable health care for all.
Programs: Schweitzer - creating opportunities for young health professionals in training to commit themselves to projects that serve the poor and underserved. Placed 30 fellows in chicago communities to augment capacities of health providers to improve health care access and foster commitment to public service.
health & medicine's public health and health equity initiative advances health justice through progressive public health policy reform, best practices research, leading convening of public health partners, and collaborative practice.
long term care - conduct research and evaluation, including assessments of nursing facility transition demonstration, focus group studies with health and social service professionals on problems coordinating care across systems for older clients includes a collaborative effort to integrate behavioral health and primary care.
court involved youth - work within penal system and with prisoner support groups to ensure adequate health services for court involved youth. Area health education center - workforce development program designed to recruit, train, and retain health profession workforce committed to underserved populations with a special focus on promoting health career to minorities and underserved populations.