A key indicator of the success of OCEAN-HP in living its mission is its success in sustaining mutually beneficial community relationships such that scholars, students and researchers can be introduced and supported in community engaged activities. OCEAN-HP serves as an interface between the university and the community, brokering partnerships, translating information between diverse communities and applying new knowledge intended to benefit the City.

OCEAN-HP is an important vehicle through which UIC researchers learn about the resources and needs of Chicago communities, make connections to conduct responsive research and disseminate research findings. More importantly, OCEAN-HP’s focus on capacity building prepares community partners to utilize this information and to generate new research questions. Research activities are supported through the Great Cities Healthy City Collaborative (HCC).