At the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice (MCPHP), our team collaborates with local, regional, and national partners to improve population health through public health workforce development. Located at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, MCPHP offers a continuum of consulting services and technical assistance for practice organizations. By linking workforce development initiatives to the strategic needs of partner organizations, we provide customized solutions to address the current challenges in public health practice.

Latest News and Events


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!


2017 Food Summit – Register NOW!

2017 CCDPH Food Summit
Understanding the Impact of Food Insecurity/Hunger on Population Health

We are excited to announce that the 2017 CCDPH Food Summit is now open for registration. Register now to secure your spot!

View the flyer here: 2017 Food Summit- Register NOW! 


September 29th & September 30th, 2017


Loyola University, Center for Translation Research and Education
2160 South 1st Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153

Friday September 29th: 1-6:45 p.m. with networking reception
Saturday September 30th:  8am-3:30pm


$50 for two days inclusive of registration, learning materials and meals

Join Cook County Department of Public Health at the 2017 Food Summit to:

  • Understand the human toll of food insecurity/hunger on population health in Cook County, Illinois
  • Increase understanding of the intersection between food insecurity/hunger on population health
  • Connect Suburban Cook County organizations to food insecurity/hunger on population health resources
  • Promote national and local successes and peer-to-peer networking
  • Highlight state, local, & government initiatives that address food insecurity/hunger on population health
  • Promote local action to support & advocate for initiatives that address food insecurity/hunger on population health

Registration Link & More Information:



Please contact Rani Saxena at rmishra@uic.edu or 312-996-7919

This event is supported by the Cook County Department of Public Health in collaboration with Loyola University and the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice at UIC School of Public Health

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: http://tinyurl.com/pmtrainingseries

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 http://www.cookcountypublichealth.org/healthy-hotspot/food-summit-2016 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 NutritionFacts.org;
  • 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.”