Health System Science

About Health System Science

The Health System Science (HSS) Division plays an important role in improving the health and well-being of Illinoisans in the 66-county service region. HSS identifies policies that impact health disparities, especially those in housing, access to healthcare and education. It then addresses disparities using evidence-based research to influence policy change.

Rural Health Summit

The SIU School of Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, UIC School of Public Health, SIU School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development and the Illinois Department of Public Health hosted an influential group of rural health experts and stakeholders at the 2018 Illinois Rural Health Summit in Springfield, Illinois. The two-day event gathered information and inspiration to begin drafting and executing a blueprint to improve the health of residents in rural Illinois.


Medical Legal Partnership

SIU Medicine partners with The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and SIU medical students to address legal needs of low-income patients and social determinants of health.

Veteran's Summit

The Southern Illinois University System hosted a Veteran’s Summit to address the unique challenges veterans in our region face in accessing healthcare, legal assistance and educational opportunities.

Veterans Summit