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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Community Engagement

Our neighbors, our partners.


We live our mission to improve human health beyond the individual patient. This means making a genuine commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse neighborhoods and populations we serve. Our community engagement efforts allow Feinberg to provide unique and valuable training experiences, strengthen our research and improve outcomes for our patients and communities.


Community Engagement Spotlight

Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine

“My research is not successful just because I’m able to receive grant funding or complete the aims of a project. My research is successful if there is a community, clinical or policy impact. The ultimate goal of the research is to reduce health disparities by improving the care that people receive and working with communities to improve people’s lives.”

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Mamta Swaroop, MD, Founder and Executive Director, Northwestern Trauma & Surgical Initiative

"Turning bystanders into immediate responders is a great way to care for patients. ... It takes this seemingly insurmountable issue of gun violence and shows them they can personally change something."

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Lee Ann Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

"Seniors at home have less depression; they experience more joy being in their own surroundings. But we also want to make sure they aren’t becoming isolated, that they are still able to receive good healthcare, and that they are safe in their own home — that’s where the geriatric home care program helps fill in a large gap."

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Stephen Havas, MD, MPH, Founder of Keep Your Heart Healthy

"This program has been a lifelong dream of mine — to get medical students and faculty out into low-income communities and to guide medical students in counseling people about reducing their risk of heart attack and stroke, which are at least 80 percent preventable."

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Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Health Equity Transformation

"There is some amazing health equity work being done across the entire Northwestern Campus, and I hope that this center can serve as a welcoming home and resource to support current work and importantly — to catalyze even more transformational research, education and training that will move the needle in eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity in all sectors."

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How We Engage

Youth Programs

Early engagement is key to inspiring young learners who will become tomorrow's scientists, physicians and healthcare professionals.

What we do to inspire

Community-Engaged Research

From conducting clinical trials in the community to building engaging partnerships, we connect our scientific work to those around us.


Our Centers

Many of the community engagement efforts at Feinberg stem from centers within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine. The Center for Community Health connects faculty with more than 500 community organizations and community primary care practices to develop and conduct multidisciplinary research that addresses community health needs and health disparities. Through the Center for Global Health, Feinberg students, residents and fellows connect with educational programs in Chicago and abroad to strengthen their knowledge base on global health issues.

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Affiliate Engagement

Our affiliates are also deeply committed to the health of the communities we serve.

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