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OVCHA Unit Service Functions

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs (OVCHA) is responsible for working with clinical, research and academic staff across the UI Health enterprise to develop a comprehensive health care enterprise for the university. OVCHA fosters novel collaborations and programs that advance the education, clinical care, research and community service mission of UI Health.

Through coordinated leadership, strategic oversight and operational management for the health enterprise – which includes the seven UIC health science colleges, University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics, Mile Square Health Centers and other affiliated off-site clinics – the OVCHA is organized into units that have been established to support the efforts and priorities of the entire health system.

The units listed at left support the key objectives of the OVCHA to:

  • Oversee improvements in clinical care throughout the UI Health system.
  • Ensure high-quality, cost-effective healthcare for the people of the state of Illinois.
  • Leverage the resources and expertise at UI Health and UIC’s seven health sciences colleges to reduce health disparities in Chicago and the state of Illinois.
  • Promote interdisciplinary collaborations among academic programs and clinical services to enhance integrated health service delivery.
  • Develop partnerships with key community leaders to improve the quality of life and improve access to care for communities served by UI Health.
  • Ensure high-quality health care education and biomedical sciences education to students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
  • Support the growth of multidisciplinary health science and health care research by integrating health science colleges across the UIC campus and by improving existing research centers and institutes.
  • Foster an inclusive environment of belonging in the health sciences at UIC, and to center the voices, experiences and social capital of the communities served by UI Health.