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Stories - Community Health 2024

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Leadership Message
By Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, DipACLM

Rosalind Franklin University enters 2024 with the knowledge that the trust we build can help create positive change in the communities we serve. Health…

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Editor’s Note
By Dan Moran

If you have children, you remember the questions: Boy or a girl? What names have you picked out? What’s the due date? You might also recall this one:…

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Job For Life
By Judy Masterson

Bradley Hersh, MD ’80, MPH, FACP, has spent more than 30 years traveling the globe as an epidemiologist for the CDC and then as a senior advisor for WHO/UNAIDS…

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Meeting the Sodos
By Judy Masterson

Funded by the inaugural Elizabeth Shafernich Coulson Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, the latest installment in the “Meeting the Sodos” series…

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Discovering Chicago Medical School: ‘It Changed My Whole Life’
By Amy Knutson Strack

Charles Bieleu Nkamga, CMS ’27, is quick to say he knew his trajectory in medicine would take an “untraditional path.” He’s also unwavering in describing…

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Caring For Our Students
By Judy Masterson

Editor’s Note: Dr. Julie Waites passed away unexpectedly in December 2023. The following conversation, which was planned for this edition of Helix and…

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New Scholarship Pays Homage to Dean Booden’s ‘Special Talent’
By Amy Knutson Strack

When Chicago Medical School (CMS) graduates share who made a meaningful difference in their lives, they invariably say “Dean Booden.” During his tenure…

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Critical Lifelines
By Sara Skoog

鶹Ӱ’s Interprofessional Community Clinic (ICC) is expanding the services it offers its patients to include ophthalmology, dermatology, pain care and pelvic…

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ICC Medical Director Dr. Melissa Chen Offers a Look to the Future

“The ICC has come a long way in the last 10 years. During the pandemic, we were limited to telehealth care, and since reopening in 2022, the students and…

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‘Unacceptable Disparities’ Challenges in Addressing Maternal Mortality
By Dan Moran

Before presenting a series of slides detailing maternal mortality and morbidity and their relation to systemic inequities, Cara Bergo, PhD, MPH, sought…

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Schweitzer Fellowship Project Addresses Unmet Needs
By Sara Skoog

Second-year Chicago Medical School student Ruth Londono Alzate’s service in the Peace Corps — along with her experiences closer to home as a high school…

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Joining the Drive Toward Stronger Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia
By Margaret Smith

There are roles we step into in life that unknowingly alter our trajectory. For Shayla Giles, RN, SRNA, CON ’24, the role of caretaker is one she donned…

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Connecting the Dots: Wish Symposium Links Changing Climate to Women’s Health Outcomes image
Connecting the Dots: Wish Symposium Links Changing Climate to Women’s Health Outcomes
By Dan Moran

Cecilia Sorensen, MD, opened the 8th Annual Women in Science and Healthcare (WiSH) Symposium with a disclaimer: “I’m an ER doctor. I’m not a climate scientist…

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Through the Microscope: Community-Engaged Research - The Collaborative Path to Health Equity image
Through the Microscope: Community-Engaged Research - The Collaborative Path to Health Equity
By Yvette D. Castañeda, PhD, MPH, MBA

Research is a practice that can be an embodied1 approach to make change in the world, giving attention to issues that are unnamed or unseen, and ultimately…

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College of Nursing Open House

A cross-section of clinical, academic and community partners gathered on Sept. 14 at an open house for the College of Nursing (CON). The guests, who included…

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鶹Ӱ, NYU Teams Study Links Between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease

Grace E. Stutzmann, PhD, director of 鶹Ӱ’s Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and Therapeutics, is teaming with research scientists at New York University…

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New COP Dean Brings Curricular Innovation and Interprofessional Skills

Kristin Wiisanen, PharmD, FAPhA, FCCP, joined 鶹Ӱ as dean of the College of Pharmacy in October, succeeding Scott Hanes, PharmD, who served as interim…

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Center for Genetic Diseases Adds New Director

Weihang “Valerie” Chai, PhD, joins 鶹Ӱ as director of the Center for Genetic Diseases in early 2024, bringing expertise in genomic stability in carcinogenesis…

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Board of Trustees Adds Wide-Ranging Expertise

The fall of 2023 saw the 鶹Ӱ Board of Trustees expand its roster with the additions of Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, and John A. Orsini, CPA. Dr. Klasko…

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Teachable Moments: Educating the Public on Vaccines and American History
By Margaret Smith

Bridging the gap between misconception and reality has become an increasingly necessary civic responsibility in recent years. But how does one remedy these…

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Pharmacy Students Use Simulation to Practice Opioid-Overdose Response
By Sara Skoog

鶹Ӱ’s College of Pharmacy and Department of Healthcare Simulation provide second-year pharmacy students with a safe space to practice their clinical skills…

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Becoming 鶹Ӱ: Dignitaries Gathered in 2004 at Renaming Celebration
By Kelly Reiss

A seminal event in the history of the university took place 20 years ago on a frigid Tuesday morning. On Jan. 27, 2004, we became Rosalind Franklin University…

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The Famed Four: Dr. Rosalind Franklin Among Women Honored at Trinity College Dublin

Prior to 2023, the rows of marble sculptures in The Old Library at Trinity College Dublin — a research university established by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592…

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