col·lab·o·ra·to·ry, noun:  an environment where a group of people work together to solve complex problems by exploring collaborative innovations. Defining factors of a collaboratory include facilitated communication,  resource-sharing, and reciprocal engagement.

The UIC School of Public Health Collaboratory  for  Health  Justice is dedicated to enhancing reciprocal engagement between the community and UIC faculty, students, and staff. Our emphasis is on connecting people to each other and to resources that will ultimately improve their public health research, teaching, and practice. We strive to advance health justice—that all people would have the power and resources to have agency over their health, which requires addressing systems of oppression such as classism, racism, sexism and xenophobia.