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
Scholars Program Inspires a New Generation of Physicians and Scientists
Each summer, Northwestern Medicine hosts 20 students from George Westinghouse College Preparatory High School, a public high school serving a vulnerable community on the west side of Chicago, in the Northwestern Medicine Scholars program.Read the news story
Medical Student Helps Distribute PPE Across Chicago
Tricia Pendergrast, a first-year student, helped start GetMePPEChicago, which has distributed more than 60,000 N95 protective masks and other protective personal equipment to healthcare workers around Chicago.Read the story
IPHAM Center Delivers Free COVID-19 Children’s Books
IPHAM's Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research director Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, her eighth-grade daughter, Riya Jain, and JJ Vulopas co-wrote a free resource to help teach students about the Coronavirus and COVID-19.Read the story
Sustaining Community Research Partnerships During COVID-19
The Center for Community Health’s Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities hosted a virtual discussion on strategies and challenges to engage and support community-engaged research partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was moderated by co-founder and director Jen Brown, MPH, and Joseph Harrington, co-lead for the CAPriCORN) Patient and Community Advisory Committee.Read the story
Big Data for Better Health
Center for Health Information Partnerships and its director, Abel Kho, MD, are bringing together expertise across medicine, artificial intelligence, computer science, machine learning and more to increase use of electronic health records and improve both health care and health outcomes nationwide.
New Learning Module for Community-Engaged Research
Bonnie Spring, PhD, director of the NUCATS Team Science Program, and teamscience.net launched a new learning module, which introduces investigators to the assembly, launch and maturation of community-focused team science projects.
How We Engage
Early engagement is key to inspiring young learners who will become tomorrow's scientists, physicians and healthcare professionals.
From conducting clinical trials in the community to building engaging partnerships, we connect our scientific work to those around us.
Teaching students to use their expertise to benefit the community is one of our top priorities.
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 Robert J. Havey, MD Institute 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.
Pathway Programs to Medicine
With support and mentorship from Northwestern University's world-class faculty and talented trainees in science and medicine, young learners from communities traditionally underrepresented in medicine can explore their interests and gain valuable experience in classrooms, laboratories and even hospitals and clinics.