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Strategic Partnerships

To better serve the community, the UI Health Cancer Center fosters meaningful relationships to ensure the highest standard of cancer healthcare, research and education.  Our relationships with cancer-related, community and cultural groups throughout Chicago assist the Cancer Center in its mission, to provide quality healthcare and information on cancer, particularly to medically-underserved populations.  These partners enable us to make our comprehensive cancer services more accessible to the community.



Bright Pink 

Bright Pink is a rapidly growing nonprofit focused on saving women's lives from breast cancer and ovarian cancer, by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. We have earned a reputation of being smart and supportive, yet fun and energetic.

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force

The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force fights against breast cancer inequalities throughout the Chicagoland area. This non-for-profit organization advocates for those individuals who might not otherwise have a voice, ensuring that there is quality, affordable cancer care, screening, education, treatment and navigation available to all. 

Gilda's Club

Gilda's Club provides support, activities (physical and social), support groups/meetings and family activities for all cancer populations and types of cancer.

Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support

Imerman Angels provides FREE mentored, individualized support (by age, disease site, life circumstance, etc.) to any cancer fighter, survivor and caregiver, worldwide.

Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer serves young adults with cancer (all disease sites) with assistance and support - legal, financial, fertility, companionship and job assistance.

Susan G. Komen Foundation

The Komen Foundation offers navigation of cancer diagnosis and treatment, support networks and resources for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Twist Out Cancer

Twist Out Cancer is a social media platform for cancer patients and survivors and their families to connect with each other and self-advocate for their needs throughout the cancer process.




National Institutes of Health

The US national agency designated for medical research.

The National Cancer Institute

 The US agency within the National Institutes of Health designated specifically for cancer, including cancer research, training, information dissemination, diagnosis, treatment, screening, prevention, rehabilitation and care for patients and families.

The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

The IDPH is responsible for protecting the state's 12.4 million residents, as well as countless visitors, through the prevention and control of disease and injury.


Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

The CDPH makes Chicago a safer and healthier place by working with community partners to promote health, prevent disease, reduce environmental hazards and ensure access to health care for all Chicagoans.

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health) 

UI Health hosts lectures, events, educational sessions, cancer screenings, clinical trials and information on prevention and research.

Cook County Hospital

Cook County Hospital is the largest component of the safety net for health care in Chicago and Cook County.

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

The Jesse Brown VA works to provide veterans with the world-class benefits and services they have earned, including healthcare, financial assistance and vocational rehabilition.

The Intercultural Cancer Council

The Intercultural Cancer Council navigates the policies, programs, resources and research that is helping to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer on medically-underserved and ethnic minorities.

Governors State University (GSU)

Situated 40 miles south of Chicago, GSU is one of Illinois' outstanding four-year, public universities, offering 64 degree programs and 24 certificates.  Students at GSU gain the skills to launch careers in business, healthcare and education, among many other industries. The University of Illinois Cancer Center is proud to work with GSU on a P20 grant, which will address cancer disparities by providing training, education and research opportunities to GSU faculty, students and researchers.  

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the foremost clinical and research cancer instititutions in the greater Chicagoland area. The University of Illinois Cancer Center is proud to work with the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and Northeastern Illinois University on a U54  grant, the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC), which is aimed at tackling cancer in Chicago's most needed neighborhoods. 

Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University is a four-year public university, housed on Chicago's northwest side.  With over 80 degree programs, this institution that serves a highly diverse population is also breaking new ground with non-traditional education and providing adult students with new academic and research opportunities.  The University of Illinois Cancer Center is proud to welcome Northeastern Illinois University as a partner in its U54 ChicagoCHEC grant. 


This $17.4 million initiative from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the UI Health Cancer Center, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer at Northwestern University and Northeastern Illinois University, was launched to address cancer disaprities in underserved populations throughout Chicagoland.  This is no easy feat, and it will take research, education, training, and engagement, over several years with a team of all-star faculty, scientists, and community leaders and health workers to lead the charge. 



The Illinois Medical District

This organization unites the four medical entities, two universities, and hundreds of acres of state-of-the-art clinical care, medical research, and drug development that face our beautiful Chicago skyline.  

UIC Great Cities Neighborhoods Initiative and Healthy City Collaborative

These partnerships bring together the expertise, resources and wisdom of the communities with that of the university to strengthen the quality of life for all beneficiaries.

UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CTTS)

The CTTS has three overarching mandates: education, research support and facilitation of novel and collaborative approaches to clinical translation research.

UIC Urban Health Program

This program attracts and supports students from traditionally underserved populations into the degree programs at UIC, that least to healthcare careers, with the believe that those who graduate are more likely to practice in communities with the greatest needs.

Asian Health Coalition

The Asian Health Coalition works to education, increase awareness, and link women to care among the South East Asian communities (Cambodian, Vietnamese and Chinese).

Affinity Community Services

Affinity is a social justice organization that provides a safe space, resources and services for the African American LBGQT community.

Chinese American Service League (CASL)

CASL provides a variety of social and wellness services and resources for the Asian community of greater Chicagoland.

House of Hope

Located in the Pullman Community, this venue is a 10,000-seat arena for family entertainment, sports and cultural events.

Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention

This program runs throughout Illinois and ensures that programs, systems and strategies are in place throughout underserved communities, by providing research, education and training.  This enables healthier, safer communities.

Little Black Pearl

Little Black Pearl is a non-profit that serves youth in neighborhoods on Chicago's south side.  The organization works to counter the challenges that urban youth face by providing a safe environment, positive role models, and program and skill development."

Living Room Cafe and Inspiration Corporation

The Living Room, based in Woodlawn, provides meals, case management, support groups, life-skills training and more.

Project Brotherhood Men's Clinic

Project Brotherhood works to increase health awareness in black men , but training and providing preventative health messages and literature in a cultural, gender-specific and age-specific manner.

Salem Baptist Church

Salem Baptist Church serves Chicago;s Rose land community through spiritual, social and community outreach programs.

St. Benedict the African East Church

Sr. Benedict, in East Englewood is dedicated to servicing youths in their neighborhoods through communication and community service.

Thapelo Institute

The Thapelo Institute works to educate the public, primarily African Americans, about strategies on illness prevention and navigation.

Woodlawn New Communities Program

The Woodlawn New Communities Program is a comprehensive program, designed to support the four pillars of a healthy community: education, safety, economic development and health and human services.