Community Connections

We connect to and empower communities at home and around the world. Visit some of them.

Turning Brownfields into "Greenfields"

Repurposing formerly unproductive land for renewable energy provides surrounding communities with a sustainable, clean energy source, and creates new opportunities in low-income, urban areas. Undergraduate public health students have been working with Bruce…

Global grocer Boyede Sobitan

Grocery shopping has long meant a trek for Boyede Sobitan, ’03 NURS, MHA ’07. In college, it took him about 30 minutes to drive from UIC to Old World Market, an African shop…

The 606’s Trailblazer Jamie Simone

It was years and years in the works. Neighborhood groups squabbled with developers who argued with aldermen. Landscapers had issues with investors who argued with construction teams. The project languished and then picked…

Inclusive Medicine: Robert Winn, MD

Right now, the University of Illinois College of Medicine and its Cancer Center are revolutionizing the way our communities approach treatment for cancer. Director of the UI Cancer Center and Associate Vice President…

Impactful Medicine: Illinois Heart Rescue

Through a generous $2.5M grant, Medtronic Philanthropy fostered the Illinois Heart Rescue (IHR) collaboration. Physicians from the University of Illinois College of Medicine spearhead the collaboration between the Chicago Fire Department, EMS first…