August 4, 2016
Champions Network Convocation 

The CHAMPIONS NETWork (Community Health And eMPowerment through Integration ONeighborhood-specific Strategies using a Novel Education & Technology-leveraged Workforce) is a university-hospital-community partnership program for rising 11th and 12th graders who come from various underprivileged neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago. The program itself is run out of the Emergency Department here at UIC and was inaugurated by Terry Vanden Hoek, MD as a means of improving the health of at-risk communities via training and appointing high school student health “champions.” During a 6 week period Students learned what it truly means to have a career in healthcare. For two out of the six weeks the students went through a health intensive internship period throughout the University of Illinois Hospital to help educate patients on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as connecting patients to primary care physicians should they need to be. On this warm sunny Thursday in Chicago friends and family came out to witness the students receive their certificate of completion at the graduation. The students agreed this program was amazing and that they appreciated the opportunity. During the ceremony, the announcement was made that the program will continue next year and we all look forward to it.  Special thanks to Program Coordinators Karina Castro, Arjun Arya, Nasseef Quasim, Ramin Amirsoltani and staff Sara Heinert, Dr.Marina Del Rios, Dr.Terry Vanden Hoek and Dr. Lisa Gehm. 


July 28, 2016
Project HEAL Host Hepatitis C Awareness Event

World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28th every year. The goal is to raise global awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  An estimated 3.5 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C (HCV) and only 50 percent of those infected have been diagnosed. Of the 3.5 million infected, only 9 percent have successfully been treated and cured. If left untreated Hepatitis could cause complications including liver failure, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

On this rainy Thursday morning, people lined up eagerly to inquire about Hepatitis C and to hear how this disease can affect them and their loved ones. Members of Project HEAL, a routine HIV and HCV screening initiative at UI Health,  expressed how important it was to get tested because symptoms do not show up right away. Many people were unaware and left educated. Project Heal was successfully able to test 10 visitors. The team was equipped with educational brochures, post cards, stickers and treats. Overall this event was a success and definitely left a lasting impression on everyone. Congratulations to Director Cammeo Mauntel-Medici, HCV Patient Care Coordinator Kerry Day, grad student Cori Marr and undergraduate student Elizabeth Collazofor putting together such an informative event.




July 21, 2016
CHILDlink's 11th Annual Women's Initiative Luncheon

Congratulations to our very own Rhea Begeman on being one of the Honorees at CHILDlink's 11th Annual Women's Initiative Luncheon. The afternoon was filled with silent auctions, inspirational speeches and delicious treats. CHILDlink's mission is to make great efforts to achieve human services available to all children and youths who are in need of support. They offer a variety of services including counseling, comprehensive child protection services, adoption, foster care and more. Recently CHILDlink was ranked Number One in the state for ensuring children in their care are placed in permanent homes with loving families. For more information please check out Congratulations again Rhea!!

Rhea Begeman is the Director of Administration for the Center for Global Health and the Department of Emergency Medicine at UIC