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UChicago to expand diversity and local employment on construction projects

The University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medical Center are expanding their efforts to increase the participation of minorities, women and local residents in construction projects, creating more ambitious workforce diversity goals and developing a new mentor-protégé program. »See the full story

Honoring volunteer outreach

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Creating stronger bonds between the medical center and community are volunteer ambassadors from left to right: Yolanda O’Neal, MPA, health educator, Southside Diabetes Project; Althera Steenes, project manager, community health leader, Power Up! Nutrition & Physical Activity Program; Lolita Smith, MSW, manager, patient advocate; Cedric McKoy, MSN, ACNP, intensive care & acute stroke, Department of Neurology; and Susan Peters, manager, Community Relations.

The University of Chicago Medicine recently recognized 22 of its Volunteer Ambassadors for their commitment to community outreach on behalf of the University of Chicago Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative. Volunteer Ambassadors are UChicago Medicine employees who receive unique training and go beyond their normal duties to represent the institution in a community relations capacity at events or by using specific skills, such as asthma educator or diabetes educator. Through these actions, volunteers help create stronger bonds between UChicago Medicine and the community. »Read more about volunteering with UChicago Medicine.

Monica Peek weighs in on nutrition on 'Chicago Tonight'

Monica Peek, MD, MPH Monica Peek, MD, MPH

Our very own Monica Peek, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translational Research, was a guest on the nightly public affairs television program, "Chicago Tonight" on WTTW. The episode covered two Chicago studies addressing the benefits of following a few basic nutrition principles that can keep the brain agile, heart strong and weight down. »View the interview with Dr. Peek.

Canadian TV show highlights anti-violence work

Brad Stolbach, PhD Brad Stolbach, PhD

Brad Stolbach, PhD, clinical psychologist and associate professor of pediatrics, was highlighted in an episode of the Canadian Broadcast Corp.’s "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki." The episode, "PTSD: Beyond Trauma," explored post-traumatic stress disorder by following researchers and people living with PTSD. Stolbach was featured for his work with youth who've been affected by gun violence in Chicago.

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