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Addressing Health Equity through Community Engagement: Education, Outreach and Partnerships

  • 8 Apr 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting


  • A donation of $25.00 would be appreciated.

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Multiple Virtual Sessions 

Addressing Health Equity through Community Engagement: Education, Outreach and Partnerships 

April 8,  2022 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT 

A confirmation is sent immediately upon registration with the virtual link for the day of the event, if you do not receive it, please contact us at iomcstaff@iomc.org. 

Complimentary - Open to all  

The Institute of Medicine of Chicago is pleased to host The Intersection of Education and Community Engagement with Rosalind Franklin University. This is a four-session series addressing interprofessional education, pathways to health careers, the intersectionality of education and community engagement with in-depth research, and the pursuit of achieving health equity.  Over 20 speakers are involved in the full series. 

The focus of this session is Rosalind Franklin University’s direct engagement and outreach to the local community. Specifically, we will discuss RFU’s role in addressing health equity through partnerships with local agencies, school systems and as a direct service provider in areas such as North Chicago and Waukegan IL. During this panel discussion, we will look at the roles of RFU plays in outreach in the community, clinical outreach, and curriculum and co-curriculum development and its impact on the local community.

Learning Objectives

By attending to this session, you will learn:

  • Associate the role of health, medical and STEM outreach programs in providing access to health careers to local youth in the North Chicago and Waukegan areas and the impact of medical pipeline programs are having
  • Detect the specific changes are made in curricular and co-curricular development at RFU to address health equity
  • Identify the clinical outreach efforts and the impact that those efforts are having in the local community


Host: Pat Merryweather-Arges, MA, Executive Director, Project Patient Care; and Programs Committee Co-Chair, and Billings Fellow, IOMC

Moderator and Session Leader:  Eric Williams, PhD, Vice President, RFU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Melissa Chen, MD, Clinical Director, RFU Interprofessional Community Clinic

Frank Maldonado, MD, Executive Chair, Clinical Science Department, Professor of Medicine

Hector Rasgado-Flores, PhD, Director, Diversity Outreach Success, Professor of Physiology/Biophysics, Master Teacher/Chair INSPIRE Program, Lead Health Partnership with Mexico

Chad Ruback, Vice President for Institutional Advancement 

Victor Barragan, The Mini Medical School, Student-not pictured

This program is supported by The Portes Foundation in memory of Dr. Les Sandlow, MD, Chicago Medical School. 

CEU 1.0  See more details below. 

Join us for the additional programs in the four-session series...check back with us to register for these sessions. 

April 22, 2022 

Leveraging the power of research to improve community health and wellness 

April 29, 2022 

Building networks to solve critical nursing workforce needs in the greater Chicago metropolitan region

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy

Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to

provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rush University Medical Center designates this live course for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA

Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their

participation in the activity.

ANCC Credit Designation Nurses

The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 1.0 contact hours.

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

APA Credit Designation Psychology

Rush University designates this live course for 1.0 Continuing Education credit(s) in psychology.

Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge-based CPE activity for 1.0 contact

hours for pharmacists.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy,

respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, and speech-audiology by the Illinois

Department of Professional Regulation.

 Rush University designates this live course for 1.0 Continuing Education credit(s)


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