Fall 2022 Request for Proposals

Apply for CHA Funding by Tuesday, October 18

OSF HealthCare is partnering with the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) through the Community Health Advocacy (CHA) program to address health and wellness challenges in urban communities.

Through the commitment from OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois Chicago, matching gifts, resources and talent will collaborate on multidisciplinary projects.

The CHA program builds on the success of the OSF Innovation Lab at the UIC Innovation Center, where interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students work together to find new solutions to combat problems in health care. 

Project Highlight

A new approach to mental health support for students

The efforts will leverage grants and additional resources available from local, state and federal dollars focused on improving access to care and other barriers, particularly in low-income, under-resourced communities. OSF HealthCare brings expertise in driving digital innovation in health care and together, with faculty in UIC’s 16 colleges and health sciences system, the CHA program will lead to innovative solutions to health-related problems that improve clinical outcomes and quality of care.

CHA is focused on combating community health challenges in the greater Chicago Metro area. Our focus is to develop solutions that benefit our community and can be scaled to impact lives on a regional, national and global level.


CHA is set to offer two Requests for Proposals each year in the fall and spring. The RFP process engages any Mission Partner from OSF HealthCare to partner with investigators from the University of Illinois Chicago developing a research project plan. Details of upcoming RFP's will be posted to this page and shared to all IAI members.


Projects are reviewed by an independent panel of leaders, physicians, faculty and subject matter experts from OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois. Projects are selected based on factors related to clinical need, market analysis, strategic alignment and other factors.


The Community Health Advocacy program offers many opportunities for students, faculty and clinicians to engage in project work apart from leading a project team. Gain experience working on a team, support the review process as a subject matter expert or connect with investigators developing an RFP. Sign up to become a member of the IAI and engage with us today!


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Leading the Way

John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP
John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP VP, Chief Medical Officer for Innovation & Digital Health
TJ Augustine, PhD, MPP
TJ Augustine, PhD, MPP Vice Chancellor for Innovation for the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Noel Adams
Noel Adams Vice President Academic Collaborations & Operations
Kristy Kuzmuk, PhD, MBA
Kristy Kuzmuk, PhD, MBA Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation

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