Services and Community Partners

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As an integrated department within the College of Nursing, our Faculty Practice program matches expert faculty clinicians and nursing students with partner sites to deliver comprehensive nursing services to a variety of patient populations. Our partners include non-profit social service organizations, academic institutions, private health care providers and general businesses. Outcomes from our partnerships are outstanding and include improved health biometrics, decreased health care costs, and high partner and patient satisfaction.

Who are our partners?

  • Non-profit social service organizations
  • Academic institutions
  • Private health care providers
  • General businesses

We provide the following services at our clinical sites:

  • Direct nursing care
  • Primary care for men, women and children of all ages
  • Mental health services
  • Health and wellness education
  • Health care consultation and referrals
  • In-depth community-based research
  • Public health and quality improvement

Current consulting partnerships include:

  • Statistical analysis for a wide range of disciplines
  • Workplace wellness solutions for small- to mid-size businesses
  • Oversight of immunization and health screening compliance for various community preschool and elementary school community partners
  • Ongoing evaluation of school policy for chronic illnesses such as asthma and food allergies
  • Consultation services for children in foster families in a community organization

In addition to the partnership sites below, we also have three Faculty Practice Clinics providing specially tailored onsite healthcare services for special populations. Learn more about these locations

Clinical Sites and Community Partners

Family Connects Chicago

Family Connects Chicago is an in-home nurse service available to Chicago families with newborns. The service is simple: A registered nurse visits your home around 3 weeks after birth to check on mom, baby and the whole family.

Site location: Various locations across Chicago.

Population served: Chicago families with newborns.

Services provided: Maternal and infant health assessment, and linkage to community resources to support newborn care as part of Family Connects Chicago.


Chicago Lighthouse

The Chicago Lighthouse is a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities. Recognized as a pioneer in innovation since 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse provides vision rehabilitation services, education, employment opportunities and assistive technology for people of all ages. Our clinicians provide school-based nursing for students and their families as well as education programming for staff.

Faculty clinician:

Maria MartinezMaria Martinez, BSN, RN


Site location: 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608

Population served: Children to young adults ages 5 to 21 who have severe developmental impairments.

Services provided: Community and school-based nursing services for students and their families. Education programming for staff is available.


Cicero Medical

Faculty clinician:

Tiffany HillardTiffany Hilliard, DNP, ANP, FNP-C


Site location: 5712 W. 35th St., Cicero, IL 60804

Population served: Targets underserved Hispanic populations.

Services provided: Family medicine, preventative care, weight control, nutrition, and health screenings.


City of Chicago

A variety of support services are available citywide to address the diverse needs and interests of older adults, from those who are active and healthy, to those residing in long-term care facilities and seniors who are fragile and may be confined to home.

Faculty clinicians:

Margaret CoyleMargaret Coyle (Central West Center)

Agnieszka Glowik headshotAgnieszka “Agnes” Glowik (West Town Center)

Cindy NissenCindy Nissen (Southwest Regional Center)

Melissa RiveraMelissa Rivera (Kelvyn Park Center)

Jameese Sykes (Southeast (Atlas) Regional Center)

Site location: 1613 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 (West Town Center); 2102 W. Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612 (Central West Center); 1767 E. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60649 (Southeast (Atlas) Regional Center); 6117 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60629 (Southwest Regional Center); 2715 N. Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639 (Kelvyn Park Center)

Population served: City of Chicago senior citizens.

Services provided: Weekly individual screenings and assessments, and triage and referral for community dwelling older adults in Chicago.



The Community Health Nurse is accountable for coordinating and facilitating client services across the various levels of the continuum for a population of clients. In this role, Keith provides direct patient care through patient education and guidance regarding medications, lifestyle modifications, and treatment plans.

Site location: 2611 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Population served: Uninsured and underserved residents of Chicago and surrounding communities.

Services provided: Adult primary care.


Epilepsy Foundation

Site location: 333 Commerce Drive, Suite 500, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Population served: People with epilepsy and traumatic brain injury.

Services provided: Prevention, control and treatment of epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research.


Heartland Alliance

Heartland Alliance Health’s clinicians focus on care for members of the community who are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. Some of my responsibilities include teaching and implementing infection control measures, COVID testing, providing education on disease prevention and chronic disease management, performing health screenings, and administering vaccinations.

Faculty clinician:

 Jameese Sykes, MSN, FNP-BC


Site location: 5501 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621

Population served: Impoverished and underserved populations in the Chicagoland area.

Services provided: Primary, oral and behavioral health care.


Heartland Health Centers

Site location: Various areas in Chicago’s North Side; predominantly Uptown.

Population served: Medically underserved populations of all ages, including immigrants and refugees.

Services provided: Educational health courses for patients and Heartland staff; direct primary care services for immigrant populations.


Jewish Child and Family Service

Faculty clinician:

Maureen McLachlan, MSN, RN, CNL


Site location: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606 (central office; locations vary around Chicago)

Population served: Foster children with medical needs and their families; also provides monthly CPR training to Jewish Child and Family Services staff.

Services provided: Community nursing support and education for foster children with medical needs and their families; CPR training.


Marla Kushner, DO

Site location: 2437 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

Population served: Families and adolescents.

Services provided: Primary care, women’s health care, preventative care, treatment of acute and chronic diseases, adolescent and addiction medicine.


Laurance Armour Day School

Site location: 2150 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612

Population served: Infant to eighth grade (four months to 14 years old) attending the Laurance Armour Day School at Rush.

Services provided: Department of Child and Family Services and Rush required compliance management, staff education, general nursing consultation and support for children attending the Laurance Armour Day School.

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Faculty clinicians: Varies based on need

Site location: 121 N. Lasalle St., Suite 104, Chicago, IL 60602

Population served: People of all ages with disabilities.

Services provided: Disability resources.


Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Site location: 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, 11600 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago, IL 60643

Population served: Youth and young adults aged 9-21 years.

Services provided: Residential nursing support and wellness education for adolescents and young adults.


Chicago Public Schools

Faculty clinicians:

Raechel FerryRaechel Ferry-Rooney, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC

Julie Kovanda (Daugherty), DNP, APN, FNP-BC

Tricia KiernyTricia Kierney, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNL

Site location: Wendell Phillips High (244 E. Pershing Road, Chicago, IL 60653) and Dunbar High School (3000 S. King Drive, Chicago IL 60616).

Population served: Public high school students/adolescents.

Services provided: Primary care, health promotion and education and health screenings.

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North Side Housing and Supportive Services

North Side Housing and Supportive Services (NSHSS) is a housing program that has a 72-bed men’s emergency shelter in Uptown as well as over 170 permanent supportive housing units throughout Chicago for formerly homeless adults. We work with over 100 clients a year, providing ongoing in-home health education and medical case management for clients who are housed, in addition to consulting on the health needs of clients who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Site location: 4410 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60640

Population served: Adults with a history of homelessness living in permanent supportive housing.

Services provided: Home visiting, health education, linkage to primary and specialty care.


Oak Street Health

Faculty clinician:

Scott Van Asten, MSN, RN, ACNP


Site location: Various locations around Chicago.

Population served: Community-based older adults.

Services provided: Home primary care services.


Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Site location: 355 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611

Population served: All ages.

Services provided: Treatment of osteoarthritis and related mobility impairment. Sees rheumatology outpatients.



Thresholds clinicians have a primary focus on Mental Health and work on the ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) team. ACT teams serve individuals struggling with a high acuity of mental health needs and our goal is to keep these individuals living in the community independently.

Site location: Various locations across Chicago.

Population served: Adult psychiatric patients/dual Dx.

Services provided: Primary care and chronic disease management for adult men and women. Faculty Practice registered nurses provide integrated health care case management, individual therapy, health promotion, health screening activities and medication management for adults with serious mental illness.


Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare

Trilogy Behavioral Health supports people in their recovery from mental illness by helping them discover and reclaim their capabilities, life direction and well-being.

Site location: Various locations across Chicago.

Population served: Adult psychiatric patients/dual Dx.

Services provided: Behavioral, primary and holistic health care. Faculty Practice nurse practitioners provide integrated health care case management, individual therapy, health promotion, health screening activities and medication management for adults with serious mental illness.


Yorktown Health

Yorktown Health is a private practice partnership where we provide personalized, complete healthcare for women in Chicago’s western suburbs. We are known for our warm, caring approach and personalized attention. We are proud to have delivered thousands of babies and to have cared for women in all stages of life.

Site location: 500 E. 22nd Street Suite A, Lombard, IL 60148

Population served: OB-GYN - MD office primarily serving women of child-bearing age.

Services provided: OB-GYN/primary care services primarily for women of child-bearing age.


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