Dr. Paul Brandt-Rauf, immediate past dean of the UIC School of Public Health, and Ms. Julie Morita, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, signed an agreement January 25 establishing the first Academic Health Department in Illinois.
Aimed at improving public health in Chicago, the 10-year partnership allows for shared decision-making on many public health research, education and data-analysis projects. Under the agreement, UIC will open libraries and mentor Chicago Department of Public Health on building a research arm. The city’s public health department will facilitate access to Chicago’s communities and its wealth of public health data.
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