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Community programs

Community Health

From rural to urban

SIU School of Medicine was founded with a mandate to advance patient care for central and southern Illinois. It has fostered an environment of advocacy, where the school continues to help dozens of Illinois communities solve local health problems. Through various rural health initiatives, SIU partners with service agencies and health care organizations to help residents in towns and cities across the 66-county region.


Aiding, uplifting

SIU employees, faculty and learners share their time and talents through a multitude of programs and partnerships to improve the health of our communities.

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Community care

SIU School of Medicine has a vision for community engagement that embraces care for people in the region, not only through direct health care services, but also by influencing the social and cultural determinants of health. Our pandemic response put our community engagement work in focus for many. Those that know our 50-year mission understand that community care is foundational to who we are.

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