UIUC and Chicago ARC Partner to Tackle Healthcare Inequity

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign excels at utilizing interdisciplinary approaches to find solutions to complex healthcare problems.


Our commitment to research-based solutions and innovative problem-solving strategies has earned us a reputation as a leader in the healthcare field. With a diverse faculty and student body, UIUC provides a wide array of resources and expertise to help tackle healthcare challenges.  In past months, we made headway in healthcare technology and delivery, speech accessibility, and AI in medicine


In UIUC’s healthcare-centered partnership with Chicago ARC, the university aims to provide solutions in another critical area within the industry: equitable healthcare. Chicago ARC is a health innovation venture collaborative with a mission to make affordable, quality healthcare accessible for everyone, starting in Chicago. Bridging the gap between healthcare providers, researchers, venture capital firms, startups, international organizations, and corporate partners, Chicago ARC is at the center of cross-sector collaboration in this industry. UIUC and Chicago ARC are partnering with Illinois Tech, Americare Senior Living, Insight Hospital and Medical Center, and OSF Healthcare to accelerate this initiative through a network of nearly 750 healthcare locations throughout Illinois. 


In Chicago’s healthcare system, “your zip code matters more than your genetic code”, according to Chicago ARC. This means that Chicago residents can live up to 30 years longer depending on which neighborhood they live in. This partnership aims to close this disparity, allowing both UIUC and Chicago ARC to work directly with patients and giving patients access to healthcare programs throughout Chicago and its suburbs. 


By providing Chicago with the university’s latest healthcare technology and research, this partnership will revolutionize Chicago’s healthcare systems, making the city a global hub for health equity and healthcare technology. Areas such as virtual medicine, digital education, and medical workforce training tools, extended reality tools, connected health solutions that leverage 5G and 6G networks, hospital at home, virtual patient literacy and engagement, remote monitoring of chronic disease patients, and others will be prioritized.  


Dr. Stephen Boppart, Professor and Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, presented at the Chicago ARC Partners kick-off meeting held on November 17th on behalf of The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (IHSI) and the UIUC partnership. Dr. Boppart states that,

“Our land-grant mission at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is to improve the lives of our citizens across the state, and to be a world-class leader in developing innovative technologies and solutions that benefit humanity.  This is what has driven us to engage with Chicago ARC and our new associated partners in a shared commitment to address some of the greatest health care challenges that we face.  We have in our sights the opportunities for access to equitable care, advanced technological solutions to improve care, and social innovations that will make a transformative impact on health.  We look forward to what we can achieve together in this partnership.” 


At UIUC, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, The Grainger College of Engineering, the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences (ACES), the Siebel Center for Design, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, the College of Applied Health Sciences, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications can provide an integrated approach towards innovative solutions.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine is at the forefront of applying research to unmet patient and community health needs. Through a partnership between the leading medical provider and the leading research institution in Central Illinois, this leader in healthcare research is equipped with the technology and expertise to address challenges in the healthcare field. Carle Illinois is uniquely positioned to innovate solutions and re-engineer patient care for underserved populations.

The Grainger College of Engineering connects engineers and physicians with the goal of improving health care for all through interdisciplinary research. Within Grainger Engineering, the Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC) provides clinical immersion and designs collaborative solutions to improve health care outcomes in simulation technologies, smart health systems, data analytics, human factors, and medical robotics.

Grainger College of Engineering
College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

The College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences (ACES), including Illinois Extension programming and networks, advances health through innovation, research, education, and outreach programs. As a result of breakthrough research in areas related to technology, human development and family studies, food science and human nutrition, animal sciences, crop sciences and more, we are ensuring sustainable food and energy, a thriving environment and healthy families and communities for future generations. From nutritional health and dietetics training to urban agriculture and gardening practices, to promoting healthy families as well as animal health, ACES can play a vital role in this partnership.

The Siebel Center for Design (SCD) is well-equipped to integrate human-centered design from the beginning to the end of this partnership. With the help of SCD, UIUC can adapt solutions from other disciplines to this human-centered approach, transforming ground-breaking research into solutions for the people that need them.

Siebel Center for Design
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute’s (IHSI) mission is to accelerate health research and innovation and strengthen collaboration among clinical, community, campus, and industry partners. IHSI provides infrastructure, programs, and leadership, engaging units across campus in the areas of health innovation, science, and technology.

The College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) has an extensive history of research in community, public, and interdisciplinary health, with a strong focus on technology. Through research, education, industry partnerships, and community engagement AHS advances health and wellbeing for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. 

College of Applied Health Sciences

“Partnering with the Chicago ARC will help the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign harness our groundbreaking research, entrepreneurship-focused education, and statewide connectivity to lead the way in technology-inspired care. Working together with the Chicago ARC and fellow partners we can advance health equity and economic development in Illinois while building the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and healthcare professionals.”

Robert J. Jones, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Chancellor


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is proud to be at the forefront of integrated healthcare solutions and is ready to collaborate with healthcare organizations and life sciences companies to bring innovative solutions to underserved populations. Reach out to us here to learn more about our healthcare solutions.