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The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Research leads a range of initiatives to support strong collaboration between academic researchers and institutions and community stakeholders to improve the health and health equity of the city of Chicago. The office engages and serves as a liaison for research and evaluation efforts to advance Healthy Chicago 2.0 priorities and support evidence-informed policymaking and practice.


Services and resources available from the Office include:

• Assistance with identifying partners and brokering partnerships with CDPH contacts, community  partners, research/evaluation partners;

• Information about health research being conducted in Chicago by local academic institutions including dissemination of research findings; and

• Information about local funding and training opportunities and events related to community-engaged research and evaluation.


All the services of the Office of Research and Evaluation are free of charge and open to all. Please note that the office is new and we welcome input on what additional types of services and resources would be helpful.

Please contactRachelle Paul-Brutus,MPH Coordinator of Research and Evaluation, at with any questions or suggestions.

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Announcing ARCC 2023 Community Research Partnership Seed Grants

AARC Seed Grants

The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) and Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NHM) will fund seed grants that support the development of partnerships and projects that engage and center the leadership of communities most impacted by health inequities in research collaboration to improve health and equity.

Community Research Capacity-Building Seed Grants: $2500, 6 months to develop or strengthen organizational or community-level research capacity

Partnership Development Seed Grants: Up to $7.5K, 12 months to develop new partnerships between communities/ patients and Northwestern researchers

  • Request for Applications:
  • Required Call Deadline: Cycle 1: Nov 4. Cycle 2: Apr 17
  • Application Deadline: Cycle 1: Nov 15. Cycle 2: May 1

ARCC Research Pilot grants will be released shortly and will be due in late spring 2023.

Research Faculty Position In Community Engaged Research

The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University announces a research faculty position to begin in Summer/Fall 2023 in community-engaged research. Community-engaged research centers around collaboration with community stakeholders to co-design, conduct, and disseminate research that benefits health and equity. Community engagement is a major area of study and practice for translational scientific research in the academic community of Feinberg School of Medicine, and a strong interest of many Chicago metropolitan and rural community stakeholders. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work addresses any of the following priorities as we seek to add to our strong portfolio of existing community engagement research and practice:

  • Science of community engagement
  • Using and testing innovative strategies for engaging community stakeholders
  • Structural factors and social determinants that affect community health
  •  Implementation science

For more information, click here.

Materials should be submitted to To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by January 31, 2023.

A conversation with Linda Villarosa

Conversation with Linda Villarosa

A conversation with Linda Villarosa, author of Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of our Nation.

Date & Time: Tue, November 1, 2022, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM CDT

Location: Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center 303 East Superior Street Chicago, IL 60611

 The Center for Health Equity Transformation will host a conversation with Villarosa about her new book release. Facilitated by Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, the discussion will focus on the intersection of race and health and its impact on American lives.

A reception will follow the program.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held in person only and we will be requiring attendees to wear masks. Register here

Linda Villlarosa is a professor at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York, a contributing writer to the New York Times magazine, and the author of Body & Soul and Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation.

Upcoming Events







Techstars Chicago Demo Day,

1871 Chicago

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza

Chicago IL 60654

  • Thursday, September 1
  • 5pm - 7pm CST


Join us at 1871 for our Techstars Chicago In-Person Demo Day as our founders share their innovative companies with our community!

Hosted by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Innovation

Register Here


Room 109 or via Zoom

  • Tuesday, September 6
  • 3pm - 4pm CST

Angel Nadal, PhD, Professor of Physiology at Miguel Hernandez University of Elche in Alicante, Spain.

Hosted by the Chicago Center for Health and Environment (CACHET) Program

Register Here

Virtual Zoom Event

  • Thursday, September 8 
  • 12pm - 1pm CST

The Patient Experience model goes beyond customer satisfaction to understand and document how patient experiences diverge from clinical and medical models of disease. These models identify key opportunities to improve patient-provider communication, adherence, and health outcomes.

Hosted by Tamara Hamlish, PhD, MA, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UIC College of Medicine

Register Here

College of Medicine Research Building

909 S. Wolcott Ave.

Chicago IL 60612

Room 2175


via Zoom

  • Thursday, September 15
  • 11am - 12:30pm CST

J.D. Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Science Core (DISC), Utah Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Co-Director/MPI Community Intervention to Reduce CardiovascuLarDisease in Chicago (CIRCL-Chicago) Implementation Research Center

Hosted by the Department of Medicine Center for Dissemination & Implementation Science

Register Here

Student Center West, Thompson Rooms

828 S. Wolcott Ave.

Chicago IL 60612

  • Thursday, September 15
  • 3pm - 5pm CST

Please join the Office of Technology Management to celebrate the innovative impact that UIC research has made both nationally and globally at the 2022 UIC Innovation Celebration.

Hosted by the Office of Technology Management

Register Here

CCTS & UI Cancer Center via Zoom

  • Tuesday, September 20
  • 12pm - 1pm CST

Hosted by Scott Kennedy, Director of Research Administration, UIC Clinical Research Finance Office

Register Here







Zoom (see link for details)

Community Action Network Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 5
  • 1pm CT - 3pm CT
Community Action Network Meeting Register Here
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60625
  • Friday, October 7
  • Saturday, October 8
  •  Friday, October 7 @ 5:30pm CT - Saturday, October 8 @ 4pm CT
The theme of the Conference this year is: Paving New Pathways | Abriendo caminos Transforming LatinX Health through Technology & Innovative Healthcare. Some of the specific themes of the conference are LatinX Public Health and Infectious disease, Gender Sexual and LGBTQ Identities, Cancer and chronic disease, and structural barriers for LatinX and minoritized populations. All community members, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. Students are especially encouraged to attend. Register Here

Health Choice Network,

9064 NW 13th Terrace,

Doral FL 33172

  • Monday, October 10
  • Tuesday, October 11
  • Wednesday, October 12
  • 7:30am - 4pm CT/ 8:30am - 5pm ET
  • 7:30am - 4pm CT/ 8:30am - 5pm ET
  • 7:30am - 2pm CT/ 8:30am - 3pm ET


The Clinic Leaders Workshop addresses the core knowledge and skills clinical leaders need to excel in the ever-changing community health environment with focus on clinical operations and continuous quality improvement.

Hosted by Allegiance Chicago and Health Chicago Network.

Register Here

Malcolm X College,

1900 W. Jackson Blvd

  • Saturday, October 20

A showcase presented by the Chicago Consortium of Community Engagement of how community organizations contribute to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities. This event aims to highlight community partner efforts and encourage network opportunities.

We are inviting community organizations to submit a poster of your work and efforts in community health and/or health equity.

C3 Local Conference 2022 Registration Form

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