Register Now for Her Body, Our Laws: A Lecture by Michelle Oberman

Register now for “Her Body, Our Laws: A Lecture by Michelle Oberman”

March 8, 2018, 3:30-5:00 PM CST
UIC School of Public Health Room 932
1603 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612

During this lecture, Michelle Oberman will be discussing her book “Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion War from El Salvador to Oklahoma”. Drawing on her years of research in El Salvador, one of the few countries to ban abortion without exception, Michelle Oberman explores what happens when abortion is a crime.

This event will also be live-streamed, so you can tune in remotely if you are unable to be there in person!

Register now for “Her Body, Our Laws: A Lecture by Michelle Oberman”


We are happy to announce that Sophie Naji was awarded the IPHA Member Award of Merit at the 76th Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) Annual Meeting on September 20, 2017.

This award is given to IPHA members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to IPHA and public health for many years. We’ve seen you do that and more with your work at the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice and we couldn’t be prouder. Congratulations, Sophie!


Presentations from the IPHA 75th Annual Meeting

View recorded presentations from Illinois Public Health Association’s 75th Annual Meeting held in Springfield, IL.
Theme: Public Health on the Cutting Edge
Dates: September 14-15, 2016

Opening Keynote:

Promoting Health Equity in Public Health Practice: President’s Challenge to Confront Racism
Speaker: Camara Jones, PhD – APHA President

Clinical and Public Health Interventions Session:

Involving Community Groups in Park Renovations
Sandy Slater, Associate Professor – University of Illinois at Chicago
Anita Bontu – University of Illinois at Chicago

Closing Keynote:

Role and Value of Public Health in Health Transformation Efforts
Speaker: John Auerbach, MBA – CDC Associate Director for Policy

Just Launched! Performance Management Training Series

As part of the Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative, we are happy to announce the launch of a new three part performance management training series that was created in collaboration with partners in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.

This series serves to increase participants’ understanding of the purpose and benefits of performance management and provide guidance for getting started with building a performance management system. The series includes three modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Performance Management
  • Module 2: Building Your Performance Management System
  • Module 3: PHAB Requirements Relative to Performance Management

Designed as a self-paced, interactive, independent learning opportunity, each module consists of recorded presentations including exercises and self-check questions. Each module is 40 minutes in length; the entire course takes approximately 2 hours to complete. There is an accompanying Supplemental Resource Guide that provides an opportunity for participants to dig deeper into the content.
This training series is approved for 2.0 CHES, 2.0 CPH CEs, and 2.0 Nursing Contact Hours.

For more information, view our Performance Management Training Series flyer.

Enroll in the course here:

2016 Change Institute: A Food Summit Videos

The Food Summit, convened by the Cook County Department of Public Health, in collaboration with Loyola University and the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, brought together public health professionals, leaders in faith- and community-based organizations, and community members to build understanding of the significant role of food in preventing, developing, and resolving chronic diseases, as well as the ways that nutrition can support the health and well-being of communities.

Visit Cook County Public Health’s website at to view videotaped conference presentations from local experts who are building knowledge of and access to healthy food in their communities, as well as the following national experts:

  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Jacob Golid Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry and co-author of best sellers The China Study and Whole;
  • Dr. Michael Greger, Public Health Director at The Humans Society of the United States, author of the New York Times Best Seller How Not To Die, and founder of the website;
  • Dr. Liz Lipski, Director of Academic Development/Nutrition Programs at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and author of several books, includingDigestive Wellness and Leaky Gut Syndrome.
  • Dr. Terry Mason, Chief Operating Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health, leader in plant-based nutrition, lifestyle and healthcare, and host of the popliar radio show, “The Doctor in the House” on WVON 1690AM;
  • Dr. Baxter Montgomery, Founder of Houston Cardiac Association and the Montgomery Heart & Wellness Center, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas and a Fellow of The American College of Cardiology;
  • Dr. Richard Oppenlander, sustainability consultant, author of Food Choice and Sustainability, and founder and president of the non-profit organization, “Inspire Awareness Now.”