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Van Voorhees

As Department Head of Pediatrics, I'd like to welcome you to our website. I hope you'll take a few minutes to read further about innovative programs that are moving forward a charge that is very important to me and my colleagues – a charge to advance the health and well-being of children in Chicago through innovative programs. I look forward to working with all members of our extensive community as we strengthen our foundation and commitment to effective, compassionate, and accessible healthcare for all of Chicago's children.

Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Head, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital University of Illnois (CHUI)



"Children's Hospital University of Illinois committed to excellence and community", By Marie Balice-Ward for the Gazette Chicago

UI Health Pediatrics is featured in the Gazette Chicago's April edition. The article highlights both inpatient and outpatient clinical expertise, our commitment to equity and community, and Dr. Benjamin Van Voorhees' recent appointment as the Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief for the Children's Hospital. Dr. Edmundo Cortez, Dr. Harsha Kumar, Dr. Mary Lou Schmidt, Dr. Van Voorhees and Mary Johnson were interviewed for the article.

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U.S. News - Hospitals' Goal: Healthy and Happy Kids. By Linda Marsa

Dr. Benjamin Van Voorhees, chair of pediatrics in the UIC College of Medicine, is quoted in an article in US News & World Report on innovative programs aimed at preventing mental health issues such as depression in young adults. Dr. Van Voorhees helped develop a program called CURB, for Chicago Urban Resiliency Building. The three-month program at Children's Hospital University of Illinois uses a combination of counseling and weekly web-based lessons based on proven interventions to arm children and teens with resiliency and social skills. "The goal is to identify people in the incipient stages," says Van Voorhees. "These coping skills can reprogram the brain and hopefully abort the development of full-blown depression."

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U of I to test medical model for poor children on the South and West sides - By Andrew L. Wang (Crain's Chicago Business)

The University of Illinois Pediatrics is receiving a $19.6 million federal grant to test a medical care model that focuses on poor children and young adults with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes. The program, called University of Illinois Check, would establish and build a “medical neighborhood” model to address the lack of access to care in medically underserved areas on the West and South sides of Chicago, said Dr. Ben Van Voorhees, the pediatrician at U of I Hospital and Health System who is leading the project.
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Children's Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI), home to an extraordinarily committed and talented group of physicians, scientists, educators, and administrators dedicated to advancing the field of pediatric medicine. We have made remarkable progress in fulfilling our three-pronged mission: to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to all children, especially the underserved; be an acclaimed leader in moving pediatrics forward through research; and educate medical professionals and health care workers in all aspects of our field.  

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Coordination of Health Care for Complex Kids

We are here to help.Caring for a child with a chronic illness like sickle cell, diabetes, and asthma while navigating the Medicaid health plan is overwhelming. CHECK is your care coordination program - we are here to guide you through the care for your child's complex illness.

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Program in Child Health Services Research

Housed in the Pediatrics Department in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a new Program in Child Health Services Research (PCHSR) is a campus-wide program that is developing a broad-based research agenda across common disorders impacting the children of Illinois.

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Thriving Illinois Kids Engagement System (T.I.K.E.S.)

The TIKES Program combines technology, education, and research to offer innovative approaches for family engagement in health prevention.

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Programs of Clinical Excellence

Ten Programs of Clinical Excellence have been identified to provide high-quality, comprehensive care for the children of Illinois. By focusing on clinical and basic bench research within these Programs of Clinical Excellence, our goal is to move the field of Pediatric Medicine forward.

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