University of Illinois Cancer Center Community Services and Strategic Partners


To better serve the community, the University of Illinois Cancer Center fosters meaningful relationships to ensure the highest standard of cancer healthcare, research and education.  Our relationships with cancer-related, community and cultural groups throughout Chicago assist the Cancer Center in its mission to provide quality healthcare and information on cancer, particularly to medically-underserved populations.  These partners enable us to make our comprehensive cancer services more accessible to the community.




Bright Pink 

Bright Pink provides education, resources and support for individuals with high-risk for breast and ovarian cancer.


Gilda's Club

Gilda's Club provides support, activities (physical and social), support groups/meetings and family activities for all cancer populations and types of cancer.


Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support

Imerman Angels provides FREE, mentored, individualized support (by age, disease site, life circumstance, etc.) to any cancer fighter, survivor and caregiver, worldwide.


Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer serves young adults with cancer (all disease sites) with assistance and support - legal, financial, fertility, companionship and job assistance.


Susan G. Komen Foundation

The Komen Foundation offers navigation of cancer diagnosis and treatment, support networks and resources for breast cancer patients and survivors.


Twist Out Cancer

Twist Out Cancer is a social media platform for cancer patients and survivors and their families to connect with each other and self-advocate for their needs throughout the cancer process.





The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

The University of Illinois hosts lectures, events, educational sessions, cancer screenings, cancer clinical trials, and information on prevention and research.



Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

The IDPH is responsible for protecting the state's 12.4 million residents, as well as countless visitors, through the prevention and control of disease and injury.


Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

The CDPH makes Chicago a safer and healthier place by working with community partners to promote health, prevent disease, reduce environmental hazards and ensure access to health care for all Chicagoans.



The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.


Cook County Hospital

Cook County Hospital is the largest component of the safety net for health care in Chicago and Cook County.


The Intercultural Cancer Council

The Intercultural Cancer Council navigates the policies, programs, resources and research that is helping to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer on medically-underserved and ethnic minorities.


Jesse Brown VA

The Jesse Brown VA works to provide veterans with the world-class benefits and services they have earned, including healthcare, financial assistance and vocational rehabilitation.


Loretto Hospital
The Loretto Hospital partners with its physicians, employees and the communities it serves to provide quality patient care and promotes wellness and education.





UIC Great Cities Neighborhoods Initiative and Healthy City Collaborative

These partnerships bring together the expertise, resources and wisdom of the communities with that of the university to strengthen the quality of life for all beneficiaries.


UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CTTS)

The CTTS has three overarching mandates: education, research support and facilitation of novel and collaborative approaches to clinical translation research.


UIC Urban Health Program

This program attracts and supports students from traditionally underserved populations, into the degree programs at UIC that lead to health care careers, with the belief that those who graduate are more likely to practice in the communities with the greatest need.


Asian Health Coalition

The Asian Health Coalition works to educate, increase awareness and link women to care among the South East Asian Community (Cambodian, Vietnamese and Chinese). 


House of Hope

Located in the Pullman community, this venue is a 10,000-seat arena for family entertainment, sports and cultural events.


Little Black Pearl

Little Black Pearl is a nonprofit that serves youth in neighborhoods on Chicago's south side.  The organization works to counter the challenges urban youth face by providing a safe environment, positive role models, and program and skill development.


Living Room Cafe

The Living Room, based in Woodlawn, provides meals, case management, support groups, life-skills training and more.


Project Brotherhood Men's Health Clinic

Project Brotherhood works to increase health awareness in Black men by training and providing preventative health messages and literature in a cultural and gender-specific (and age-specific) manner.


Salem Baptist Church

Salem Baptist serves Chicago's Roseland community through spiritual, social and community outreach programs.


St. Benedict the African East Church

St. Benedict, in East Englewood is dedicated to serving their neighborhoods through communication and community service.


Thapelo Institute

The Thapelo Institute works to educate the public, primarily African Americans, about strategies on illness prevention and disease management.