Faculty Practice

Integrating Teaching, Clinical Practice and Research

Many of our faculty maintain a Clinical Practice in addition to their teaching and scholarship activities.


Institute for Health Care Innovation (IHCI)

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The Institute for Health Care Innovation (IHCI) exists to expand the mission of the UIC's College of Nursing through the innovative integration of teaching, practice and research. The IHCI is a model entrepreneurial business unit in the CON, a leader in financial viability and recognized for its expertise in healthcare and educational financial management. The IHCI models the integration of teaching and practice through:

  • Highly relevant evidence-based courses available to practicing RNs and APRNs
  • Progressive applied learning opportunities for graduate students in IHCI Faculty Practice settings
  • Unique resourceful solutions through Consulting Services

Priority areas for integrating teaching, research, practice and policy are:

  • APRN Practice and Nurse Managed Health Centers
  • Leadership and Management Development
  • Evidence-based Practice and Consulting
  • Care Management Development and Integration
  • Continuing Education and Certificate Programs

The Executive Director of the IHCI and the Directors of Continuing Studies, Faculty Practice, Consulting Services and Policy Initiatives all hold faculty appointments in the College of Nursing.

Integrated Health Care

Integrated Health Care (IHC) is an innovative program of nurse-managed health centers in the Chicago metropolitan area specializing in providing integrated primary and mental healthcare services for people with a serious mental illness (SMI).  Established in 1998, it is affiliated with the Institute for Healthcare Innovation (IHCI) at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON). This faculty practice has won numerous awards, including the American Academy of Nursing Raise the Voice Edge Runners Award, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Outstanding Faculty Practice Award, and the Illinois Health Connect - Your Healthcare Plus Top Performer “Excellence in Diabetes Management Award” 2011.

IHC clinics are staffed by certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (also known as Nurse Practitioners) who work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to provide primary healthcare, behavioral and mental healthcare services. IHC is committed to the Primary Care Medical Home model (PCMH) and partners with patients and families to best understand and respect each person’s unique needs, culture, values and preferences and to help patients manage and organize their own care. As a PCMH, IHC provides comprehensive, coordinated care and ensures access to healthcare providers 24/7.

In 2007, IHC joined Mile Square Health Center the University of Illinois at Chicago Federally Qualified Health Center, enabling IHC to expand its scope of services to all community residents in addition to our focus population.  IHC’s partners assist with the systems and support an efficient and effective Academic Nursing Center. In 2010, IHC was one of only 10 Nurse Managed Clinics in the U.S. to receive funding from President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

IHC location:

Integrated Health Care – West (Humboldt Park)
3240 West Division Street (Division and Kedzie)
Chicago, Il 60651
Phone: 312-413-7425
Primary Care, Pediatrics, Mental Health

Online Module

Click here for access to the online module Integrating Primary and Mental Health Care Services.