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Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

See below how you can contribute to the resource needs of our clinical enterprise

As we continue to anticipate the growing needs of our clinical operations, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs (OVCHA) is collecting efforts for all those that are looking to help as we assess our supplies and how to leverage the innovative spirit of campus. We greatly appreciate the numerous phone calls and emails we have received and would like to provide the information below on how you may help take action.

Much like what we see happening across the world, UIC faculty, staff and students are offering their time, energy and ideas to creatively account for issues related to testing, capacity and PPE supplies. This outreach and outpouring of support is incredibly valued and a testament to the resilience of our community. To best serve our patients and communities, it is important that these efforts be organized and then authorized by our leading infectious disease, public health and emergency preparedness experts.

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As UIC’s academic health enterprise, UI Health continues to harness the diverse dimensions of our organization to address the growing needs of the COVI-19 pandemic. We have established two operational funds to aid the impact that this public health crisis has had on our students and front-line healthcare workers.

Please consider making a financial contribution in support of the immediate needs of our students experiencing unexpected hardship as a result of COVID-19 or to UI Health’s crisis response and healthcare delivery efforts.


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Help to sustain our UI Health professionals by donating meals to our clinicians and staff.

During this time of crisis and response our healthcare professionals are often spending long hours providing care for patients in our hospital. As we receive requests for how to sustain our staff with the gift of meals, we have provided the form below to begin this process.

Our providers and staff are extremely grateful for the out pouring of support and of course the gift of food! Thank you for considering UI Health and our front-line staff combating the COVID-19 pandemic.


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As our healthcare professionals spend long hours providing care for patients in the hospital, we recognize that our community wants to show support and sustain their energy and resilience during UI Health’s COVID-19 response.

While local vendors and caterers have stepped-up to provide individually packaged meals, many donors have asked if they an make an individual contribution to these same efforts. Make a gift today to the fund that can help support meals for our #UIHealthHeroes.


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Makers across the country have mobilized to create home-sewn masks to support the safety needs of our community and patients. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of time and supplies to help keep everyone safe during this pandemic.

The UI Health Mile Square Health Center is currently accepting home-sewn masks to support our patients and local community in need of this protective equipment. Please remember, if possible, material should be 100% cotton, tight-weave quilting fabrics or tight-weave cotton muslin

We also encourage volunteers to connect with the Masks for Moms initiative which is a partnership between UIC and Black Girls Break Bread Inc.


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs will categorize, assess and prioritize this information in concert with our University and Hospital Incident Command Teams. A member of OVCHA will then reach out to the primary contact indicated on the form with additional follow-up and instructions.

Some of these resources and ideas may be mobilized immediately, while others will help to serve the anticipated needs in the coming weeks. Any financial implications can be addressed at that time or a later date; particularly, if supplies were purchased with restricted funding.

Please e-mail with any additional questions.