Congratulations to the Winners of the 2021 I-TEAM Award

UIC faculty and staff have been pivotal in the successful development of collaboration-ready professionals that will both lead and participate in teams across the healthcare delivery system. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs is very excited to recognize faculty and staff that are championing interprofessional collaboration across the seven heath science colleges with the first annual I-TEAM award.

This award recognizes faculty and staff who have demonstrated excellence in interprofessional practice and education through teaching innovation. The nominations were evaluated on developing IPE learning experiences that center on social determinants of health and build skills in collaborative practice, interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork, values/ethics for interprofessional practice and interprofessional roles and responsibilities.

It is with great pleasure to announce that the selection committee has selected two team applicants to receive the 2021 I-TEAM award. Both programs were selected because of their well-designed interprofessional educational experiences

Congratulations to the 2021 I-TEAM Award Recipients: 

  • Interprofessional (IP) Approaches to Health Disparities Program at the University of Illinois Chicago campus
    The IP Approaches to Health Disparities program emphasized the importance of community based participatory research framework, a clear connection to UIC’s mission and values, and the long-term commitment of the program faculty to program evaluation and continuous improvement.
  • Rural Health Professions Program at the University of Illinois Chicago - Rockford health sciences campus
    The Rural Health Professions program demonstrated a clear grounding in the needs of rural populations, the growth of the program over time, and the potential to be used as a model applied to other populations.

I-TEAM Award Recipients

  • IP Approaches to Health Disparities (IAHD)

    From the IAHD team nomination: “The IAHD course is an exemplar of “Education in Action” and has led to meaningful contributions to training the future healthcare workforce, to address the complex needs of our evolving patient populations with a special focus on social justice and community inequities” (Dr. Hasnain).

    The award recipients of the IAHD team include:

    Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD

    Valerie Gruss, PhD, APN, CPN-BC, FAAN

    Michael J. Koronkowski, PharmD, BCGP

    Sonia Oyola, MD, ABOIM

    Susan M. Walsh, DNP, APRN, CRNP-PC, FAAN

    Patrick Smith, DMD, MPH

    Devangna Kapadia, MS, MPH

    Jennie Jarrett, PharmD, BCPS, MMedEd, FCCP

    L. Amanda Perry, MD

    Nimmi Rajagopal, MD

    Patrick Tranmer, MD, MPH

    Steven Andes PhD, CPA

    Kanwal Haque, MPH

    Monica Davis

    IAHD’s community partners include: Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.), Project VIDA, Lincoln Park Community Shelter (LPCS), Syrian Community Network (SCN), Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC), and Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC).

    For more information on the IAHD course, please visit their website.

  • Rural Health Professions Program (RHP)

    From the RHP team nomination: “The mission is clear and specific: to meet the health care needs of rural Illinois residents through collaborative projects involving multiple health professions” (Dr. Stagnaro-Green).


    The award recipients of the RHP team include:

    Michael Glasser, PhD

    Hana Hinkle, PhD, MPH

    Heidi Olson, PharmD

    Kara Fess, MD

    Kelly Rosenberger, DNP, APRN, CNM, WHNP-BC, FAANP

    Martin MacDowell, DPH

    For more information on the RHP program, please visit their website.