Office of Community Care


Welcome to the Office of Community Care. Our team is led by experienced and compassionate community health workers, community health educators, nurses and licensed clinical social workers. We’re trained in evidence-based techniques like motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care to help us develop trusting relationships with our neighbors throughout central and southern Illinois. We offer a range of exclusive and research-informed programs designed to create community health workers of the future while also promoting better health for our patients in real time. We seek to engage patients and improve outcomes for people affected by complex medical, psychological and social needs.

SIU Medicine staff work in community garden
Better Days Ahead

Community health worker programs are improving lives in Illinois neighborhoods

Community Health

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Garden crew

New Community Gardens program yielding a healthy harvest

It’s harvest time at the city of Springfield’s community gardens, and a new SIU Medicine program has produced some robust results. SIU’s Office of Community Care (OCC) launched ‘Operation Taproot’
Mental Health Fair

Mental Health and Wellness Fair in Springfield October 7

Community members are invited to attend the Mental Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lanphier High School Commons, 1300 N. 11th Street.
Think First Group

Keeping Communities Safe

The ThinkFirst chapter at SIU School of Medicine was awarded the ThinkFirst Chapter of the Year Award at the Annual National ThinkFirst Conference this summer.