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ERIC Number: EJ795340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-3
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
The Heart of the Mission
Forest, Angela
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v25 n4 p34-35 Apr 2008
This article discusses the Urban Health Program, a University of Illinois at Chicago program that seeks to improve the quality of medical care in communities of color. The UIC program began in 1968 to attract and train minority medical students. In 1978, the Illinois Legislature expanded the program, renaming it the Urban Health Program (UHP), in efforts to address the lack of Black health care providers in the area. Since then, UHP has contributed to UIC being the nation's top nonhistorically Black institution in producing Black, Hispanic, and American Indian health care professionals. The school notes that about 70 percent of Black and Hispanic doctors working in the Chicago metropolitan area graduated from the university, and at least 60 percent of Black, Hispanic and American Indian doctors, nurses, dentists, and other health care providers in Illinois participated in UHP. A vital aspect of UHP that has remained strong is the program's extensive, long-term partnerships with Chicago private and public schools, community colleges, College of Medicine branches statewide, and area institutions such as Chicago State University and Malcolm X College. The program also maintains relationships with private practice health care professionals, businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois