Community Outreach and Partnerships

art to heal Trauma

WRAP (Wellness Resiliency Arts Program) was fun. It challenged me to think about my life and who I want to be. I’ve never had people pour into me like this before

WRAP participant

Wellness Resiliency Arts Program

The Wellness Resiliency Arts Program (WRAP) is a two-week summer program for teens that uses art to explore their personal experiences with trauma and other social issues.

WRAP is led by teaching artists and social work specialists that conduct workshops using trauma-informed approaches. This includes providing teens with a supportive environment where they can reflect on their experiences and feelings, and express them through multimedia art projects.

Doriane Miller, MD, Director of UChicago Medicine’s Center for Community Health and Vitality; Co-Founder and Program Advisor for WRAP. She says the program seeks to answer the question: “How can (youth) develop some resilience and to see that there is still joy in their lives?” In summer 2023, 16 youth participated in WRAP.

How can (youth) develop some resilience and to see that there is still joy in their lives?

Doriane Miller, MD, Director of UChicago Medicine’s Center for Community Health and Vitality; Co-Founder and Program Advisor for WRAP

Community Advisory Councils

Essential partners in identifying and meeting the needs of the community

Many of UChicago Medicine’s community health programs are guided by Community Advisory Councils (CAC) at both the Hyde Park medical center campus and at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial. The CACs are led by a group of volunteer members who live or work in UChicago Medicine’s service areas.

The CAC groups are advisors to UChicago Medicine on issues of interest to the community and are essential partners in achieving UChicago Medicine’s goals related to community benefit investment, access to care expansion, community engagement and health equity.

Community Advisory Councils, Fiscal 2023:
University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Candace Henley (Council Chair), CPN, President/Founder, The Blue Hat Foundation
  • Shari Runner (Vice Chair), Director, Black Researchers Collective
  • Col. Damon T. Arnold (Chronic Disease Council Chair), MD, MPH, MA, MSTRM (USARNG – Ret.), President and CEO, African Diaspora Association of Public Health Professionals (ADAPHP)
  • Burrell Poe (Trauma Care and Violence Prevention Council Chair), Director of Mutual Aid Collaborative, Goldin Institute
  • Susan Alitto, Board Member, Volunteer, Founding President, Chicago Hyde Park Village
  • Ben Anderson, Senior Account Executive, Astronomer
  • Pam Butts, Director, New Eclipse Community Alliance
  • Erin Callahan, Chief Operating Officer, Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition
  • Nichole Carter, Director of Workforce Development, Bright Star Community Outreach
  • Jeanette Coleman, MSW, QMHP, Director, I Am My Brother’s Keeper Unity Day
  • Ginni Cook, Retired Social Worker; Medical Advocate and Chair of Member Services, Chicago Hyde Park Village
  • Velma Cooksey, President, Mothers of Student-Athletes (MOSA)
  • Julian DeShazier, Pastor of University Church, Director of Experimental Education, McCormick Theological Seminary
  • Felicia T. Fuller, Dr.PH, Director, Health Promotions, American Lung Association
  • Dennis Garrett, MD, Executive Director, Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP)
  • Bill Gerstein, Senior Advisor, Conlon Public Strategies
  • Joanne Glenn, President & Founder, Women On Top of their game (W.O.T) Foundation
  • Alex Goldenberg, Executive Director, Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP Chicago)
  • Christa Hamilton, CEO and President, UCAN
  • LaKeisha Hamilton, Founder & CEO, Ms. Keisha Consulting
  • Pastor Chris Harris Sr., Chief Executive Officer, Bright Star Community Outreach
  • Jeffrey Hodges, Pastor, King of Glory Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C.
  • Jennifer Herd, MHLP, Senior Health Policy Associate, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Delishia “Dyi” Kinney, MD, MPH, MAT, Real Men Cook/CHIshorties
  • Matthew Klionsky, MD, MBA
  • Amy Laboy, Vice President of Programs and Community Partnerships, Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Diane Latiker, Founder/President, Kids Off The Block
  • Sherida Morrison, Senior Consultant, Sapientia Consulting Group
  • Amalia NietoGomez, Executive Director, Alliance of the SouthEast (ASE)
  • Tyra Owens, Assistant Director of Student Success, North Park University
  • Sheila Regan, Chief Operating Officer, Acclivus, Inc.
  • Kenneth Varner, Senior Community Engagement Manager, Healthy Schools Campaign
UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial
  • Audry Pennington (Council Chair), Chief Operating Officer, Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness
  • Linda Brown-Aldridge, Dean of Nursing, South Suburban College
  • Kathleen Daly, Executive Director, Cancer Support Center
  • Jaclin Davis, Executive Director, Cook County Southland Juvenile Justice Council
  • Carmin Frederick-James, Associate Pastor to Youth, Covenant United Church of Christ
  • Jennifer Gabrenya, Executive Director, South Suburban Family Shelter
  • Michael Giglio, President, Calumet City Plumbing Co. Inc.
  • Troy O'Quin, Vice President of Programs at the Community and Economic Development Authority of Cook County (CEDA)
  • Derrick Simmons, Senior Pastor, Daniel Chapel AME Zion Church
  • Angelia Smith, Executive Director, Cornerstone Community Development Corporation
  • John Thomas, Superintendent of Schools, Harvey Public Schools District 152
  • Christopher Torres, Regional Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Karen Vrdolyak, Vice President of Development & Admin, Restoration Ministries

Health education and communications

Informing, engaging and educating on key health topics

UChicago Medicine and community partners work together to share resources and information on how community members can live their healthiest lives. Here is how we communicate with the community:

WVON Radio 1690 AM Community Health Focus Hour

Completing its 14th season in 2023, this weekly radio broadcast covers health issues important to South Side residents. In fiscal 2023, WVON produced 23 shows.

Urban Health Initiative’s Community Health Updates Newsletter

This weekly online newsletter connects more 10,000 community members to health-related resources, information and events. UChicago Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative (UHI) started the newsletter during the pandemic to provide vital COVID information; the newsletter now covers a wide range of health topics. Since March 2020, UHI has published 178 newsletters, with 52 published in fiscal 2023.

Nursing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Shared Governance Committee

Preparing future healthcare workers and promoting good health and disease prevention

In 2023, UChicago Medicine’s Nursing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Shared Governance Committee grew a partnership with the Urban Health Initiative (UHI). Together, they supported and volunteered for community events across the Chicagoland area. This included 15 events that provided health information to more than 3,000 people. In addition, three new subcommittees were started to focus on Education and Awareness, Community Engagement, and Psychological Safety.