United States Representative Danny K. Davis presents Patients' Bill of Rights Act.

UIC SPH and the Community Connection

The School of Public Health works with community partners on a wide range of research and service initiatives, but it also reaches out to the community in more informal ways. Some highlights from the past year include:

Public Health Week Kick-Off

A Public Health Week kick-off event held at the school on April 6 featured a press conference focusing on the Patients’ Bill of Rights Act. Presented by United States Representative Danny K. Davis, the act was part of legislation, introduced by Congressional Democrats and President Clinton earlier in the spring, intended to protect individuals’ rights to appropriate medical care and information in the face of managed care constraints. Public Health Week was also marked by community groups’ and SPH students’ participation in events such as the "Health Fair for a Better Life" on Western Avenue, which offered free health screening, information, and immunizations.

Health Careers Day

In response to a request from the Chicago Public Schools’ A.G. Bell School, members of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division and the Great Lakes Center for Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health hosted a Health Careers Day for seventy of Bell’s eighth graders. Presented at the School of Public Health, the day brought the students into an active worksite where they could observe and participate in a range of activities designed to demonstrate the multifaceted nature of public health. Miniclasses focused on water analysis, air sampling, ventilation, industrial hygiene, and community partnerships and highlighted public health functions including research, teaching, service, administration, and outreach.

Track Club Bake Sale

During the summer months, the school provided space for the weekly bake sales held by youth from the Illinois Stealth Bombers Track Club, an organization run by volunteer coaches, trainers, and parents to prepare young people ages seven through nineteen to compete in local, regional, and national track and field events. Club members sold homemade goods to faculty, staff, and students to raise money for sports equipment, transportation, and registration fees for competitive events.

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