Health Professions Forum
Since 2018, UIC has put together a Health Professions Forum for the purpose of introducing UIC students to a variety of health professions fields and practitioners. The Health Professions Forum has been a collaborative initiative involving both Pre-Health Advising and Career Development and Major Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the College of Applied Health Sciences, and the UIC Career Services office. It is through this collaboration that we have been able to connect students with such a broad array of professionals.
The goal of the Health Professions Forum has never been to introduce students to a doctor, a nurse, and a dentist, though we often have individuals encompassing those fields join us as panelists. Rather, we want to provide students with the opportunity to connect with practitioners who work in a variety of roles - respiratory therapist, medical research, health and wellness in public schools, community advocacy, and more. In previous years, the Health Professions Forum was a multi-hour event with 20+ practitioners/panelists and about 100 UIC students.
In 2020, we faced the knowledge that our fun, crowded, engaging Health Professions Forum needed to move online as it was not safe to congregate in such a large group. The format changed from one multi-hour event to four shorter sessions over four weeks. We continued the Health Professions Forum in 2021 in the online format, allowing us to invite UIC alumni and friends from all over the country to connect with UIC students. As a part of each Forum event, an invited community partner shares opportunities with their organization. Please enjoy the edited recordings of our Health Professions Forum! Information on panelists and community partners can be found at the bottom of this page under each Health Professions Forum topic.
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Find information on panelists and community partners for each Health Professions Forum below. Contact information for individual panelists is available in the PDF handout attached within each webinar.
Impact of COVID-19 in Healthcare and Public Health
Role Name Title Organization Panelist Claus Johnson BSN, RN, NR-P Emergency Department Nurse Swedish Hospital of Northshore Panelist Cindy San Miguel, MPH Program Evaluation Manager Sinai Urban Health Institute Panelist Raja Talati, MD, MSHI, MBA CMIO Chief Medical Informatics Officer Midway Specialty Care Centers Panelist J. Brady Scott, BSRT, MS Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education Rush Universityy Community Partner Megan Stoltenberg Peace Corps
Community Health and Advocacy
Role Name Title Organization Panelist Amanda Wojan, MPH Caregiver Programs Coordinator Age Options Panelist Veronica M. Sek, MPH Medical Director, Community Health Worker Program Malcolm X College - City Colleges of Chicago Panelist Booker Marshall, MPH Sexual Health Project Manager Chicago Public Schools, Office of Health and Wellness Panelist Graciela Guzman Campaign Director Healthy Illinois Campaign Community Partner Oluwaseyi Samuel Adeleke Research Fellows Program ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows Program
Technology and Hospital Administration
Role Name Title Organization Panelist Keshonna A. Lones, MHA Senior Advisor Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Panelist Maimuna Sayyeda, MPH Director of Operations Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital Panelist Jacqueline Clark, MS Clinical Information Product Manager Tempus Labs Community Partner Ava Zeligson Manager of Volunteer Services CommunityHealth
Role Name Title Organization Panelist Anabelen Diaz Graduate Assistant UIC Office of Undergraduate Research Panelist Erica Martinez, MBA, MPH Associate Director Office of Community Engagement and Health Equity, UI Cancer Center Panelist Kathleen Munoz Research Associate II/ Program Coordinator University of Illinois Cancer Center Panelist Tia Schering, MPH in Epidemiology Quality Assurance Monitor Northwestern University Lurie Cancer Center Community Partner Alissa Kania 3rd Year Medical Student, Founder/Organizer UI gUIde, medical student/undergrad mentor organization