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The School engages in a wide range of research and service activities directed at improving the health and well-being of the least fortunate within our society. This page highlights the innovative and collaborative nature of our service-oriented work.


Operating on the streets of Chicago and internationally, the Cure Violence —uses a proven model to stop shootings and killings. By combining science and street outreach to track where violence is heating up, street outreach workers (called Interrupters) are more prepared to intervene, helping to cool the situation down. Cure Violence’s efforts have been captured in a riveting documentary entitled, “The Interrupters”. Read more about Cure Violence here and the award-winning documentary, “The Interrupters” at


The Community Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP) target drug users in neighborhoods across Chicago and its suburbs with an array of public health interventions and research studies. Using members of targeted populations to deliver community-based services, COIP offers: street outreach; prevention education addressing infectious diseases common among impoverished and substance-abusing populations; counseling and testing for diseases; case management; syringe exchange; drug abuse counseling; and referrals to a variety of services including drug treatment.


UIC SPH is an active participant in the research activities of UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP). IRRPP promotes, coordinates, and conducts innovative research at the intersection of race, ethnicity and public policy. IRRPP represents a major commitment on the part of UIC to better understand racial and ethnic diversity in Chicago, the nation, and the world. One of our central aims is to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of research on racial and ethnic groups facing persistent inequalities and inequities. We focus on historically underrepresented people of color as we affect and are affected by public policy. The Institute pursues a comprehensive multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural agenda that includes African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, Asian Americans and other groups confronted with systematic racial, ethnic, and class barriers. We hope to improve both the understanding and conditions of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups that continue to experience major difficulties within contemporary urban settings. Read more about IRRPP here.


In 2009, UIC was awarded a $7.2 million federal, five-year grant, from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, to establish the UIC Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities. The Center focuses on health disparities in prostate and colorectal cancer, community-based breast cancer initiatives, and training and educating the next generation of health disparities researchers. This new UIC Center involves faculty from all six of UIC’s health sciences colleges, from the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, from the UIC Center for Clinical Translational Science, and from the UIC Cancer Center. These entities incorporate research, education, policy changes and community partnerships to reduce health disparities in Chicago and beyond. Read more about the Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities here.


Professor Jesus Ramirez-Valles is the Executive Producer of an award-winning feature documentary Tal Como Somos (Just as we are). The film examines the impact of stigma on gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals trying to live and identify differently than others in a traditional culture that values religion, machismo, and family. The project conceptually emerged as a result of more than ten years of research by Dr. Ramirez-Valles on HIV-AIDS and stigmatization among Latino gay men and transgender persons across North and South America. See the film trailer at:http://www.juneteenthproductions.

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