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Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC)


Established in 2008, the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) supports authentic community-academic research partnerships between Chicagoland communities and Northwestern University that benefit the people being researched and improve health and equity. ARCC advocates for a collaborative approach to research that honors, is driven by, and shares power with communities, as local, cultural, and lived experience experts. Guided by a Steering Committee of Chicagoland community- and faith-based organizations, public agencies and Northwestern scientists, ARCC supports community-academic research partnerships by providing partnership facilitation, capacity-building resources and technical assistance, seed grants, monthly information and resource updates, and advocacy for supportive structural and institutional systems and policies in the research enterprise. ARCC is a program of the Center for Community Health (CCH) and serves Northwestern’s Institute for Public Health & Medicine (IPHAM) and the Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS). We strive to uphold the CCH Principles of Engagement in our approach and the research we support.

ARCC Efforts


Please also see the center's pages for community-engaged research opportunities and resources.


ARCC Steering Committee

The ARCC Steering Committee is comprised of:

Learn more about our Steering Committee members.

Contact Us 

Jen Brown, MPH

Shehara Waas

Community Co-Director


Kirbi Range
Associate Director, Community Collaboration and Engagement

Interested in learning more about ARCC? We’d be happy to set up some time to chat! Please send an email to us at and a member from our team will be in contact with you.

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