Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is dedicated to serving the distinct and diverse neighbors that surround the medical center.
The Department of Community Affairs serves as the liaison between the Medical Center and its neighbors, playing an active role in the development and enhancement of services and programs that are mutually beneficial. The department has initiated a variety of outreach efforts and programs, including the Coalition of HOPE, clergy forums, the Adopt-A-Family Program, the Dr. King Memorial Service and the Science and Math Excellence (SAME) Network initiatives.
The Science and Math Excellence (SAME) Network is a large-scale community service enterprise operated by the Department of Community Affairs at Rush University Medical Center. The SAME Network was developed in response to the low science, math and reading test scores in Chicago schools in surrounding neighborhoods.
Formed in 1990, the SAME Network provides students in these neighborhoods with the same opportunities to learn math and science as are available to their peers in more affluent areas. Rush Community Affairs staff spearheaded the SAME Network’s first effort to improve education in the area by raising funds from the community to build state-of-the-art science laboratories in local schools that lacked these facilities. Since then, the SAME Network has grown into a collaborative between Rush University Medical Center and 25 elementary schools, 11 high schools and many Chicago-area businesses.