Skip to main content

Our Partners

Community Partners

Our community partners are integral to many of our research projects. By working with these established community organizations, we can develop studies with true relevance to real world problems where volunteers feel comfortable in participating in the work.

  • Common Threads: Cooking Up Health (CUH) is a culinary medicine course for health professionals and students developed by faculty from the Osher Center for Integrative Health at Northwestern University in partnership with the non-profit community organization, Common Threads. Together we are passionate about promoting health and preventing disease through nutritious and delicious food to combat the obesity and chronic disease crisis by educating future healthcare professionals and at-risk children and families.
  • Cultivate Collective: Their vision originated in 2013 in response to decades of systemic inequities facing Chicago’s southwest side. They have developed an evidenced-based community model where education, wellness, sustainability and economic vitality work in harmony to drive meaningful, multi-generational impact. We have partnered with them to help build sustainable and equitable futures within our community, and establish continued progress for future generations.
  • Roots & Wings: This charitable foundation supports integrative & wellness programs that increase emotional, physical & spiritual well-being during the continuous oncology treatment for Metastatic Breast Cancer. The Osher Clinic supports this goal by offering acupuncture and massage therapy to MBC patients in order to improve their quality of life. 
  • ALAS-Wings: Conducted a 12-week Spanish language yoga research study (ESTOY LISTA) with women diagnosed with breast cancer and their care providers. They are also currently working with us on a Lurie-funded Spanish-language mindfulness pilot study focused on Latinx cancer survivors using the Wakeful app.
  • Above and Beyond: The vision of Above and Beyond is to build an individualized treatment experience that is available to anyone in need regardless of their economic status. This substance abuse recovery center in Garfield Park is a longstanding partner with whom we have been developing and testing a mindful garden intervention called GROW.
  • Universidad Popular: Joins us in the Health Literacy Initiative (HEALIN), including movement classes, healthy cooking, monthly seminars and annual fairs, to respond to health issues facing Latino communities in the Chicago area
  • Imerman Angels: Works with us to recruit teens and young adults with cancer into one of the first RCTs of mindful meditation vs yoga.

Research Partners

Our work with these Northwestern University's departments, divisions and centers illustrates our culture of scientific collaboration and our leadership position in integrative medicine.

Follow Osher Center on Instagram