OSF HealthCare and UIC Award First Community Health Advocacy Grants

PEORIA, Ill., January 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Peoria, Illinoisbased at OSF HealthCare is in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to award eight scholarships totaling more than $700,000 support projects that remove barriers to care, especially in low-income and resource-poor communities; improving health and wellness education and leveraging technology to improve training and community awareness.

These are the first-ever grants awarded under the Community Health Advocacy (CHA) program. OSF HealthCare is committed $1 million for each of the next five years and UIC will match the OSF donation with a mix of royalty income and in-kind contributions to provide approximately $2 million in grants each year to support multidisciplinary projects.

Efforts will leverage additional grants and resources available from local, state, and federal dollars focused on improving health equity.

“These programs are being developed to provide new prototypes to better educate our communities; to serve people where they are with their current medical conditions and to truly advance that care,” said Dr. John Vozenilek, Vice President and Medical Director, OSF Innovation and Digital Health. “We focus on health care outcomes, but we also emphasize equity and ensure that every patient receives a thorough diagnosis, excellent treatment and good information about how to manage their health.”

“We were delighted to see so many impressive projects proposed by teams of UIC researchers and OSF clinicians,” said UIC Vice Chancellor for Innovation, TJ Augustine. “This first round of CHA funding is just the start of an impactful partnership between UIC and OSF that will help improve the health and well-being of urban communities.”

Highlight Project – Using iPads at Homeless Shelters in Chicago

This project will use tablets embedded in kiosks in three homeless shelters to easily assess the social barriers that lead to poor health for the homeless population in the Chicago subway station. The kiosks will help residents house prescription medication management and provide links to local resources. Read the full story here.

Here are summaries of the full list of scholarships and projects.

A version of this press release with additional resources, including photos, video and audio, is available at OSF Press Room.

OSF Healthcare is an integrated healthcare system owned and operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, headquartered in Peoria, Ill.. OSF HealthCare employs nearly 24,000 mission partners at 150 sites, including 15 hospitals – 10 acute care, five critical access – with 2,098 licensed beds and two nursing colleges across Illinois and Michigan. The OSF HealthCare Physician Network employs more than 1,500 primary, specialty and advanced practice providers. OSF HealthCare, through OSF Home Care Services, operates an extensive network of home health and palliative care services. It also owns Pointcore, Inc., comprised of healthcare-related businesses; OSF HealthCare Foundation, the organization’s philanthropic arm; and OSF Ventures, which provides investment capital for promising healthcare innovation startups. More than osfhealthcare.org/.

jump simulator, part of OSF Innovation, is a collaboration between University of Illinois Peoria College of Medicine and OSF HealthCare. The center replicates a variety of patient care settings to ensure that both novice and seasoned clinicians can practice handling medical situations in a realistic environment. At six stories and 168,000 square feet, the center is one of the largest of its kind and provides space for conferences, anatomical training, virtual reality and innovation. For more information, visit jumpsimulation.org/.

OSF Innovation, launched in 2016, is a multidisciplinary innovation center focused on internal and external innovation to solve the biggest challenges in healthcare. More than osfinnovation.org/.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a hub of cutting-edge innovation and research with a commitment to discovering and solving real-world problems. UIC is the city’s largest university and the only public research institution with 16 colleges and over 33,000 students. UIC is recognized as one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse campuses in the country, a leader in providing access to underrepresented students. With one of the nation’s largest colleges of medicine and colleges of dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, social work, and applied health sciences, UIC is also the leading educator of state health professionals and a major health care provider to underserved communities. . More than uic.edu/.

FSO contact: Colleen Reynolds | Media Relations Coordinator – OSF HealthCare | (309) 825-7255
Contact UIC: Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez | Acting Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Marketing and Communications | (312) 996-2398

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