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Community Advisory Council

Purpose of the Council

The University of Chicago Medicine Community Advisory Council (CAC) will be comprised of a representative group of volunteer members who live and/or work in the UChicago Medicine service area. The CAC will serve as advisors to UChicago Medicine on issues of interest to the broader community. The CAC is an essential partner in achieving UChicago Medicine's goals related to the broader community interests, community benefit, access to care, and effective community engagement.

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Council Membership and Organization

Members will consist of men and women from the community who reflect the needs and concerns of community residents and UChicago Medicine patients. Members will represent the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by UChicago Medicine. Also, they will represent various ethnic, economic and cultural groups comprised within the UChicago Medicine service area.

Members shall consist of individuals representing multiple constituencies, such as health care providers/agencies, public health agencies, social services agencies, community leaders, business leaders, the faith community, advocacy groups, patient advocates and the general community. The Council shall consist of no more 20 members.

Members are recruited every two years, interviewed by a selection committee, and invited to serve a three-year term. However, the first cohort of CAC members will have staggered terms (2, 3 and 4 year terms) to ensure continuity of the CAC. Members are expected to serve on at least one CAC committee with additional opportunities for community outreach and participation throughout the year.

The inaugural CAC and CAC chair will be selected by the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement. Afterwards, new Council members will be recommended by a nominating committee of the Council and approved by the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement. The Dean's Committee on Community Engagement will meet no less than twice annually.

The Dean's Committee on Community Engagement will be led by the Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and the UChicago Vice President for Civic Engagement. The CAC Chair will serve as a standing member of the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement.

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Current Council Members

Salim Al Nurridin
Chief Executive Officer
Healthcare Consortium of Illinois

Susan Alitto
Board member, Founding president
Chicago Hyde Park Village

Damon Arnold
Medical Director II
Blue Cross Blue Shield IL (HCSC)

Torrey Barrett
KLEO Center

Julian DeShazier
University Church

Alex Goldenberg
Executive Director
Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)

Judith Haasis
Executive Director

Christopher Harris
Bright Star Church

Candace Henley
The Blue Hat Foundation, Inc.

Jennifer Herd
Senior Health Policy Analyst
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

J. Brian Malone
Executive Director
Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization

Sherida Morrison
Demoiselle 2 Femme

Ayoka Mota Samuels
Center Director
Gary Comer Youth Center

Amalia Nieto Gomez
Executive Director
Alliance of the SouthEast (ASE)

Burrell Poe
Compassion It Chicago

Shari Runner
President and CEO
The Chicago Urban League

L. Anton Seals
Neighborhood and Community Specialist
DePaul University

LeVon Stone
Program Director
CeaseFire Chicago

Richard Tolliver
St. Edmund's Episcopal Church
St. Edmund's Redevelopment Corporation

Susana Vasquez
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Resource Development

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Council Meetings

The Council shall meet no less than three times per year at regular intervals in a convenient location.

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Council Responsibilities

  1. Provide input and advice to on issues of interest to the broader community.
  2. Identify, review and, where appropriate, make recommendations to UChicago Medicine on priority health issues in UChicago Medicine's service area.
  3. Review and provide input and advice to UChicago Medicine on its efforts to meet the community's health needs.
  4. Review and provide input and advice on UChicago Medicine's community benefit initiatives and initiatives to improve access to health care services.
  5. Advocate on behalf of UChicago Medicine with key constituencies in support of the UChicago Medicine's community benefit initiatives.
  6. Review and provide advice on issues referred to the CAC by the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement.
  7. Refer issues to the Dean's Committee on Community Engagement, as appropriate.

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Contact Us

If you have questions about community relations:

Call: (773) 702-5600
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If you have questions about community benefit: