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Building Partnerships for Stronger Communities and a Stronger University

Welcome to University of Illinois at Chicago Office of Community Engagement And Neighborhood Health Partnerships Online Community!

Whether you are already familiar with our organization or are visiting for the first time, we encourage you to spend a few moments exploring our website to learn about the OCEAN-HP mission and how we are working to enhance both community and university leadership and organizational capacity.

OCEAN-HP has a campus-wide focus that extends to all UIC colleges.  We focus on developing, facilitating and sustaining viable and mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships.

 

Our major areas of concentration include:

  • Health professional and lay health worker education
  • Consumer health and wellness education
  • Community-engaged research, research dissemination and implementation
  • Community-based health services including primary and behavioral healthcare services

 

OCEAN-HP supports unique partnerships that enliven the mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago and engage community-serving organizations in cooperative efforts to improve Chicago communities.

About

The Office of  Community Engagement And Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCEAN-HP) represents a diverse network of partnerships between the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), a land-grant institution, and organizations in the neighborhoods adjacent to UIC or near University-sponsored, community-based facilities.  OCEAN-HP is a major vehicle through which the University fulfills its Great Cities Commitment.  Our programs and activities have a particular emphasis on students, faculty and staff engagement in long-term, meaningful relationships with communities.  We have a campus-wide focus that extends to all UIC colleges.

OCEAN-HP brings together the expertise, resources and wisdom of the communities with that of the university to first understand and then respond to the contextual needs of communities.   Working as neighbors, OCEAN-HP facilitates relationships that enhance both community and university leadership and organizational capacity.   Through partnerships, we contribute to neighborhood revitalization through teaching, research, and service that focuses on measurable improvements in educational outcomes, health status, economic conditions, physical environment and safety among other important issues.

Thank for your interest in OCEAN-HP. If you have questions or would like additional information not found within this site, please do not hesitate to contact us.