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Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice
January 2017: Chicago Department of Public health and UIC SPH establishes first Academic-Health Department in Illinois
Center for Public Health Practice
Chicago Department of Public Health & UIC SPH Partnership Team

Centers and Practice

Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice’s (CCPHP) Story

In 2014, the SPH established a Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice to coordinate service, practice, and partnership activities with responsibility to identify opportunities to integrate service and practice into teaching and research activities through engaged partnerships; assess the needs of external stakeholders to enhance opportunities for partnerships; unify and coordinate all non-credit continuing education activities; define methods for identifying and formalizing partnerships, serve as a conduit for public health translation; and develop and manage mechanisms for SPH faculty and staff to provide technical assistance and consulting services to external entities.

 

Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice Vision

A system of coordination and communication between the practice and academic communities that maximizes their respective strengths and contributes to health improvement.

 

WHO WE ARE

 

Griselle TorresGriselle Torres, DrPH, MPH, MSW
Director of Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice
Instructor of Division of Community Health Sciences, B.A. in Public Health
SPHPI 1186
312-413-7692
gtorre1@uic.edu

Griselle Torres serves as the Inaugural Director for the Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice within the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health (SPH)—Office of the Dean.  The Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice is a new endeavor on part of UIC, SPH’s Dean’s Office to coordinate service, practice, and partnership activities with responsibility in identifying opportunities to integrate service and practice into teaching and research activities through engaged partnerships; assess the needs of external stakeholders to enhance opportunities for partnerships; unify and coordinate all non-credit continuing education activities; define methods for identifying and formalizing partnerships; serve as a conduit for public health translation; and develop; and manage mechanisms for SPH faculty and staff to provide technical assistance and consulting services to external entities.

In her previous role as a Lead Public Health Administrator for the Chicago Department of Public Health, Division of STI/HIV, Dr. Torres provided capacity building, training and technical assistance services in the areas of program planning and implementation, prevention interventions, evaluation, budgeting, organizational development and personnel management to public health partners. Additionally, she served as the 1) Jurisdictional Monitoring & Evaluation Manager in HIV testing and risk reduction activities;   2) Department-wide performance and quality improvement liaison trained in Lean Six Sigma-Black Belt; 3) Global Administrator for the learning management system; and 4) Department-wide member as well as public health accreditation lead in workforce development.   She has community and clinical experience working as a ER Crisis Worker, mental health counselor, and CILA and MI/SA intensive case manager.  

Dr. Torres obtained both her Master of Social Work (MSW) in 1994, Master of Public Health (MPH) in 2006, and Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) in 2014 degrees from the UIC's Jane Addams School of Social Work and School of Public Health, respectively.  She also obtained her Certificate in Non-profit Management from Roosevelt University in 1994.  Dr. Torres currently serves on the UIC, SPH’s Alumni Board and has practice/research interests in the areas of academic-practice partnerships; workforce development; capacity building uptake;   HIV prevention; performance management; quality improvement; program planning and evaluation; program implementation; public health accreditation.  Dr. Torres currently teaches in the B.A. in Public Health Program.

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