The Population Health Analytics Metrics Evaluation (PHAME) Center at the UIC School of Public Health combines novel technology with academic expertise to provide community level data analysis, evaluation, and visualization for community members, policy makers, researchers and students in the city of Chicago and beyond. By bringing together community members, scholars and technology, the center is advancing data-driven public health decisions, meaningful population health initiatives and reduction of health disparities.
Formed in 2020 with funding from the Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute, the Center aims to coordinate a network of researchers, community activists, policymakers and neighbors using data to drive meaningful change. In particular, the Center will take over operations of the Chicago Health Atlas, with a goal of aligning the Atlas with Healthy Chicago 2025, Chicago's five-year community health improvement plan that focuses on racial and health equity to meet our goal of reducing the Black-white life expectancy gap.
The UIC School of Public Health is Illinois' only fully accredited School of Public Health. For more than 50 years, the school has prepared public health practitioners, researchers, academic faculty, policymakers and activists whose work focuses on positively shaping health outcomes. The School is particularly focused on community-engaged work aimed at mitigating health justice challenges at the local, state and global level. Its researchers and practitioners are often at work at the neighborhood level, from investigating environmental hazards in the southeast side of Chicago, running community clinics meeting the health needs of people who use drugs, to the School's leadership role with the Chicago COVID Contact Tracing Corps.