Members of the Community Advisory Council and UChicago Medicine executives at the adult trauma center ribbon-cutting ceremony
Members of the Community Advisory Council and UChicago Medicine executives at the adult emergency department ribbon-cutting ceremony in December 2017

The University of Chicago Medicine Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a representative group of volunteer members who live and/or work in our service area. The council advises UChicago Medicine on issues of interest to the broader community. It is an essential partner in achieving UChicago Medicine's goals related to the broader community interests, community benefit, access to care and effective community engagement.

Members consist of men and women from the community who reflect the needs and concerns of community residents and UChicago Medicine patients. Members represent the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by UChicago Medicine. They represent various ethnic, economic and cultural groups within UChicago Medicine's service area.

Members consist of individuals representing multiple constituencies, such as healthcare providers/agencies, public health agencies, social services agencies, community leaders, business leaders, the faith community, advocacy groups, patient advocates and the general community. The council consists of up to 20 members.

Members are recruited every two years, interviewed by a selection committee and invited to serve a three-year term. However, the first cohort of CAC members will have staggered terms (two-, three- and four-year terms) to ensure continuity of the CAC. Members are expected to serve on at least one CAC committee, with additional opportunities for community outreach and participation throughout the year.

The inaugural CAC and CAC chair were selected by the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement. Afterward, new council members will be recommended by a nominating committee of the Council and approved by the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement. The Dean's Committee on Community Engagement meets at least twice a year.

The Dean's Committee on Community Engagement will be led by the dean of the Biological Sciences Division and executive vice president for medical affairs along with UChicago's vice president for civic engagement. The CAC Chair will serve as a standing member of the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement.

Salim Al Nurridin
Chief Executive Officer
Healthcare Consortium of Illinois

Susan Alitto
Board member, Founding president
Chicago Hyde Park Village

Damon Arnold
Medical Director II
Blue Cross Blue Shield IL (HCSC)

Torrey Barrett
President/CEO
KLEO Center

Julian DeShazier
Pastor
University Church

Alex Goldenberg
Executive Director
Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)

Judith Haasis
Executive Director
CommunityHealth

Christopher Harris
Pastor
Bright Star Church

Candace Henley
Founder/Director
The Blue Hat Foundation, Inc.

Jennifer Herd
Senior Health Policy Analyst
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

J. Brian Malone
Executive Director
Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization

Sherida Morrison
Founder/CEO
Demoiselle 2 Femme

Ayoka Mota Samuels
Center Director
Gary Comer Youth Center

Amalia Nieto Gomez
Executive Director
Alliance of the SouthEast (ASE)

Burrell Poe
Director
Compassion It Chicago

Shari Runner
President and CEO
The Chicago Urban League

L. Anton Seals
Neighborhood and Community Specialist
DePaul University
Founder
Seals360Group

LeVon Stone
Program Director
CeaseFire Chicago

Richard Tolliver
Rector
St. Edmund's Episcopal Church
President/CEO
St. Edmund's Redevelopment Corporation

The council meets at least three times a year at regular intervals in a convenient location.

Council responsibilities include:

  • Providing input and advice on issues of interest to the broader community.
  • Identifying, reviewing and, where appropriate, making recommendations to UChicago Medicine on priority health issues in the hospital's service area.
  • Reviewing and providing input and advice to UChicago Medicine on its efforts to meet the community's health needs.
  • Reviewing and providing input and advice on UChicago Medicine's community benefit initiatives and initiatives to improve access to health care services.
  • Advocating on behalf of UChicago Medicine with key constituencies in support of the UChicago Medicine's community benefit initiatives.
  • Reviewing and providing advice on issues referred to the CAC by the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement.
  • Referring issues to the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement, as appropriate.

Each subcommittee working group primarily focuses its efforts on developing and implementing population health-level solutions to designated issues affecting populations residing in the UChicago Medicine service area. Additionally, each group provides critical advisement to UChicago Medicine regarding population health and community engagement strategies. 

 

Working Groups & Areas of Focus

 

Maternal & Child Health Working Group:

Asthma, obesity, and HIV/STIs in maternal and child populations

 

Trauma Care & Violence Prevention Working Group:

Trauma care and violence prevention

 

Adult Health Working Group:

Diabetes and cancer in adult populations