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October 7, 2016
October 7, 2016
The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) announced the creation of its inaugural community advisory council (CAC). The CAC will seek community input on health issues of importance to its primary service area and surrounding communities.
The application for the CAC was publically circulated among community groups, social media and earned media channels, resulting in 118 applications from community stakeholders across the South Side of Chicago.
"We know our communities' interests and concerns span many issues and needs, and we wanted our advisory council to have the expertise and varied perspectives to help us respond to those needs," said Brenda Battle, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Care Delivery Innovation at UCM.
Response to the application was so great that organizers increased the size of the council from an original intended size of 15 to 20 members.
The council is expected to begin meeting later this fall. At that first meeting, the group will determine its bylaws and official processes. In the months following, the group's responsibilities will include providing input and advice to UCM regarding priority health and social determinant challenges. The CAC will be charged with developing and staffing sub committees intended to address adult health, maternal and child health, and trauma care and violence prevention challenges.
The inaugural Community Advisory Council members are:
The Chair of the Council, Julian DeShazier, will also serve on the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement.