Diversity and Inclusion
UIC is proud to serve an incredibly diverse patient population. We strive to recruit physicians that reflect that patient population and to train our providers in cultural humility and awareness to further promote health equity.
The MedPeds residents participate in several Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and related tracks within UIC:
We are additionally supported by programs led by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine Inclusion Council, and within the Internal Medicine and the Pediatric programs.
UI Health has made several commitments to our community with some examples included below and the full list available at UI Health’s Points of Pride:
- UI Health manages The Chicago Hispanic Community Health Study Field Center for the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, the largest ongoing study of Hispanic health to date. The multicity study has revealed a unique set of health risk factors and insights into the prevalence of certain diseases, including diabetes and hypertension, for this diverse population.
- UI Health has been named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Health Equality Index for our commitment to quality LGBTQ care.
- Better Health Through Housing, UI Health’s “housing first” program, helps provide permanent housing and intensive case management to chronically homeless individuals. The initiative’s combination of healthcare, housing, and human services fosters a sense of home, independence, and self-determination to help speed individuals’ reintegration into the community, promotes long-term health, and reduces overall healthcare costs.
- Project HEAL supports increased testing and linkage to care for HIV, HCV, and Diabetes.
- PRONTO transportation service, a partnership with Chicago health-access startup Kaizen Health, utilizes ride-hailing service Lyft to provide free rides to patients being transitioned home from medical surgical and critical care units.