Committed to the community
Rush has a long history of community engagement and an ongoing commitment to the diverse and underserved communities on the West Side and Near South Side of Chicago.
Rush believes that all people deserve quality health care, regardless of their socioeconomic status, race or ethnic background. The Office of Community Engagement’s top priority is to address and eliminate the health disparities in our community.
While Rush leads the effort dismantle these barriers to health care through programs that target the biggest disparities, we are not alone in this effort. We collaborate with a wide range of dedicated community partners to improve access to health care and promote healthy living throughout our community.
The mission of the Office of Community Engagement is to enable and support Rush University Medical Center in fulfilling its commitments to the local community and to improve the health of Rush’s diverse neighboring communities.
These are some of the ways we achieve this mission:
- Assessing the health needs of our community and developing strategies to address these needs
- Evaluating the effectiveness of Rush programs in meeting the needs of our community
- Reporting and communicating Rush’s community engagement efforts to the community, as well as to students, faculty, clinicians and other employees at Rush
- Developing and strengthening effective community partnerships
- Coordinating community-based experiences for students at Rush to enhance their ability to care for diverse populations
Meet the team
Darlene Oliver Hightower, JD
Associate Vice President , Office of Community Engagement and Practice
Senior Business Manager
Senior Director, Rush Community Service Initiative Programs
Director, Community Health Clinics
Rukiya Curvey Johnson
Director, Rush Education and Career Hub
Community Benefit and Relations Manager
Community Benefit Specialist
Associate Director, Faith and Health Equity