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Faculty & Staff Honors

UIC Faculty Named Chicago Humanitarian of the Year

Dr. Gary Slutkin, professor of epidemiology in the UIC School of Public Health and founder and CEO of Cure Violence, has been named a Chicago Humanitarian of the Year by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.  the award recognizes Chicagoans who have made a significant impact for the lives of children — locally, nationally or internationally. This is the sixth year of the award, which will be presented Sept. 23 to four recipients at a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago.

CeaseFire is an evidence-based public health approach to reducing shootings and killings. Our methods for reversing the violence epidemic use highly trained street violence interrupters and outreach staff, public education campaigns and community mobilization.  The Chicago Project works with community, city, county, state, and federal partners to reduce violence in Chicago and in other communities in Illinois and throughout the nation. Begun in 1995, the Chicago Project has built the infrastructure for community-level participation, community-government partnership, and for the development of new roles for all partners, emphasizing community capacity building, community organization, faith leadership, and police participation. The Chicago Project is housed at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Gary Slutkin, founder of CeaseFire, in his office at the University of Illinois Chicago.

[Photo: Dr. Slutkin]

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