Ruby Mendenhall Humanism Award Ceremony
February 22, 2022

February 28th Ceremony Celebrates Ruby Mendenhall’s Contributions to Promoting Health Equity

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation Ruby Mendenhall will receive the prestigious Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award during a special virtual ceremony on February 28, 2022. The honor is awarded annually by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced the well-being of at-risk or underserved populations, through scholarship, advocacy, and leadership. Mendenhall was selected from a field of more than 40 […]

July 8, 2021


  • By Ryann Monahan

URBANA, Ill., July 8, 2021 – The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has launched a new AI in Medicine Certificate program through an interdisciplinary partnership between the department of bioengineering at The Grainger College of Engineering, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. This self-paced online certificate program will equip healthcare professionals with a conceptual understanding of AI and its applications through real-world medical case studies using machine learning models.  The cost […]

June 3, 2021

Expert Viewpoint: Why do we need a health care equity law?

  • By Beth Hart

On April 27, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 158, a health care equity bill sponsored by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, making law the Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act. In drafting the bill, the caucus consulted with Ruby Mendenhall, an Illinois professor of African American studies and sociology and assistant dean for diversity and democratization of health innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Mendenhall has researched health care disparities and […]

April 27, 2021

AI in Medicine Certificate Program Now Available

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new artificial Intelligence (AI) in medicine certificate program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is now available to prepare healthcare professionals to lead in the era of digital medicine. The program launched through a powerful interdisciplinary partnership between Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the department of bioengineering at The Grainger College of Engineering, and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The certification program delivers exceptional course quality and empowers medical professionals including […]

April 17, 2021

2021 Health Make-a-Thon Winners Announced

  • By Beth Hart

Ten teams of innovators have been selected by a panel of judges and audience members as winners of the 2021 Health Make-a-Thon at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Contestants presented innovative solutions that will have wide-reaching impact on human health and address disparities in health care. 2021 Health Make-a-Thon Winners: CalidGear: Wearable Thermoregulation Device by Tayyaba Ali (Cook County) – A device to help first responders and military personnel maintain a safe body temperature. izzii – […]

April 5, 2021

Electronic health record system increases clinicians’ cognitive workload, study finds

  • By Beth Hart

A study at two urgent care clinics found that adopting a new electronic health records system doubled the amount of cognitive effort health care workers expended to perform their work during the first six months after implementation. The increase in cognitive workload also persisted for at least 30 months, the researchers found. The team reported its findings in a study published in the journal Applied Ergonomics. In a collaborative study with Carle Health Systems in […]

March 18, 2021

Health experts address rise in attacks against Asians in the U.S.

  • By Beth Hart

The alarming rise in racism, violence, and harassment against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), exacerbated this past year by the COVID-19 pandemic, is leaving short- and long-term impacts on public health in its wake. Over 3,000 cases of COVID-19-related hate and violence against individuals of Asian descent have been reported in the United States since March 2020, according to Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles. Carle Illinois College of Medicine explores the recent discrimination and attacks, […]

March 12, 2021

‘Hunker down’ stress genes boosted in women who live in violent neighborhoods

  • By Ryann Monahan

The chronic stress of living in neighborhoods with high rates of violence and poverty alters gene activity in immune cells, according to a new study of low-income single Black mothers on the South Side of Chicago. The changes in stress-related gene expression reflect the body’s “hunker down” response to long-term threat, a physiological strategy for lying low and considering new actions rather than launching an immediate “fight-or-flight” response. This has implications for health outcomes in […]

February 10, 2021

Carle among top 1% of U.S. hospitals for clinical outcomes according to Healthgrades

  • By Carle Health

Carle has announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™. Carle Foundation Hospital is among the top one percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for superior clinical performance year-over-year according to Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. CarleFoundation Hospital has received the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for six consecutive years (2016-2021). “We’re proud to not only be a regional leader, but also a […]

December 18, 2020

Company co-founded by Carle Illinois faculty member secures $25 million to advance promising new cystic fibrosis treatment

  • By Charlie Simpson

A research team led by Marty Burke, associate dean of research at Carle Illinois College of Medicine, in collaboration with Mike Welsh and his team at the University of Iowa, has developed a new treatment that potentially could help all people with cystic fibrosis (CF), regardless of genetic mutation. cystetic Medicines, a new company founded by Burke and Welsh recently secured $25 million in financing to develop the treatment into a transformative new therapy for […]