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Assisting underserved women in Chicago

smiling toddler.When the UIC Midwifery Clinic opened on the near northwest side of Chicago in early 2011, it was the first clinic in Chicago staffed entirely by nurse midwives and serving disabled and able-bodied women.

The accessible clinic, funded by a $1.9 million grant from US Health and Human Services, is the latest project of the Aviva Women’s Health and Midwifery Care program, an advanced practice nurse-managed center. In 2008, UIC nursing faculty began providing women’s health and prenatal care services at community sites in two low income areas of the city. Some patients may hesitate to seek health care due to costs, language barriers and physical impairments.

"Women with physical disabilities have the same need for reproductive health services as do all women, but physical obstacles and outdated attitudes often prevent them from getting proper care," Judith Storfjell says. "Our vision is that our clinic will become a national model of health care."

The UIC College of Nursing is a leader in nursing research with numerous projects funded by federal and state grants. These research endeavors and the college’s high quality education in Chicago and on regional campuses in Peoria, Rockford, Urbana and the Quad Cities have led to national recognition as one of the premiere nursing programs in the nation.

UIC is an urban university intimately connected to its home in one of the nation's largest and most diverse cities. A noted research center, particularly in urban affairs, medicine and the health sciences, UIC is committed to creating and disseminating new knowledge.


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Midwifery Clinic
Institute for Health Care Innovation
College of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago