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Who We Are


Griselle Torres

Griselle Torres serves as the 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.   

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 community-based participatory research; workforce development; capacity building uptake;   HIV prevention; performance management; quality improvement; program planning and evaluation; program implementation; public health accreditation.


Richard Sewell, Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Public health management, Strategic and community health planning, health policy formulation, primary care, organizational design

Teaching Interests

Management, planning for health, urban health care, public health practice, organization design, leadership

Public Health Practice Experience

Health Policy Symposia (Michael Reese Health Trust). August 2005. Sewell, Richard; Ochoa, Steve; and Ghaey, Kamala. Pre-planning for Effective School Health Planning and Implementation (The Chicago Community Trust). December 2005. Sewell, Richard and Tawk, Rima. A Chronic Disease Intervention for the Chicago Department of Public Health (City of Chicago). February 2007.. Sewell, Richard; Wilburn, Kuliva; Oyenola, Olufunmilayo. Planning, Technical Assistance, and Facilitation Services for the Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund Advisory Council (Advocate Healthcare). June 2007. Sewell, Richard. Facilitation and Consultation Services for the Illinois Child Health Examination Surveillance System (CHESS). (Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children.) May 2008. Sewell, Richard; Lenihan, D. Patrick; and Labreche, Amanda. Health Component of the GoTo 2040 Plan. Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. (The Chicago Community Trust). June 2010 Principal Investigator, Implementation of the 2010 Statewide Health Improvement Plan. Illinois Department of Public Health. 2011-2012.

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