Community Engagement

The Department of Family and Community Medicine promotes and enhances the health of our community by extending our education, patient care and research endeavors to beyond the clinic setting. We partner with many community organizations to improve the health of communities through:
  • educating students and residents how to become community-responsive health professionals;
  • working closely with community organizations to provide clinical care as part of community initiatives;
  • supporting community-based research that is responsive to community needs by building trust with community partners over time, while providing research and training opportunities for faculty, students and residents.
“One cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the community, from the health of the world.” – Patch Adams, MD
As a community-based medical school, we are grateful to the Rockford community for their ongoing support of the education and training of our students and residents.