The NCRHP at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford strives to meet the health care needs of rural residents and their communities in Illinois, around the nation and throughout the world. Approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education since 2003, this University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford center has programs and collaborative partnerships that have become successful models for education, service, research and policy related to rural health involving multiple health professions.
The NCRHP is home to the Rural Health Professions (RHP) Program and the Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network (AHEC) Program, Native American Pathways Program, and Student Pipeline Programs, which are committed to recruiting and retaining the next generation of rural health professionals. Additionally, NCRHP has many Global Health Partnerships and serves as the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Medical Education and Primary Health Care, one of three Centers in North America. NCRHP Faculty and Staff have expertise in rural health issues, research advocacy, and education.