May 9, 2021

Achievement in Absence of Graduation

  • By Ryann Monahan

There will be no walking across a graduation stage or turning tassels for Carle Illinois College of Medicine students this May. Instead, the inaugural class of the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine has one more year to prepare for the historic moment when they become newly-minded physician innovators with a medical degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. However, you don’t need to look far to find impressive accomplishments among Carle Illinois students. Innovation […]

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 – […]

Health Make-A-Thon Finalists
March 23, 2021

Twenty finalists chosen to compete in Spring 2021 Health Make-A-Thon

  • By Beth Hart

Twenty teams of innovators ranging from middle-schoolers to college and medical students, to healthcare providers will pitch their health and wellness ideas to a panel of judges on Saturday, April 17, at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s third annual Health Make-A-Thon competition. The finalist teams were chosen from a  field of 94 entries from across Illinois, all vying for a chance at the resources to take their ideas from dream to reality. The Health […]

January 19, 2021

Health Make-A-Thon Supports Illinois Residents With Ideas For Improving Health Care

  • By Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom | Powered by WILL & Illinois Public Media

URBANA – People who have navigated tough situations in health care often have the best ideas for how to improve the system. The goal of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine Health Make-a-Thon competition is to provide the support that everyday people need to help bring those ideas to life. The competition is organized by Health Maker Lab — a maker lab network at the college. Each year, 10 winners receive $10,000 in resources, materials and mentorship […]

December 17, 2020

Expanding Innovation in the Face of Adversity: 2021 Health Make-A-Thon

  • By Beth Hart

Whether it’s a worldwide pandemic or a profound personal experience, health innovators find fuel to spark their ideas for improving lives around the world. The goal of Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Health Make-A-Thon is to democratize health innovation by challenging trained specialists and ‘citizen scientists’ alike to pitch their best solution to address broad-based health and wellness problems. “The Health Make-a-Thon is a welcome mat thrown out to the community to say, ‘Level playing […]

December 9, 2020

Fall 2020 Health Make-A-Thon Addresses Racism as a Health Crisis and Inspires Action

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine students and community members explored innovative solutions to address racism as a health crisis during the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s fall Health Make-A-Thon.  Eight teams participated in the annual event held Saturday, December 5, 2020. The event gave a voice to a wide range of proposals, from culturally inclusive clothing for healthcare workers, to developing an app linking health consumers with health advocates to overcome barriers in healthcare delivery […]

July 24, 2020

Dream It, Make It: Health Innovators Pitch Ideas for Chance to Win $10,000

  • By Charlie Simpson

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine will host its second-annual Health Make-a-Thon competition on Saturday, August 8, from 2-5 p.m. The online event is open to the public. Twenty teams of citizen-scientists, students, and healthcare practitioners from across the state of Illinois will pitch their ideas for improving health. Ten winning teams will be selected, each receiving $10,000 in resources, materials, and mentorship, and access to the Health Maker Lab network of design and making […]

December 11, 2019

The future of rural healthcare began to take shape at Carle Illinois make-a-thon

  • By Kristin Tennant

“Next Generation” and “Rural Health” might seem like unrelated concepts, but 46 people recently devoted a Saturday to bringing them together at a Carle Illinois make-a-thon. The result? Seven innovative ideas to revolutionize the future of rural healthcare. Next Generation Rural Health was the theme that brought together so many minds on December 7. Seven teams competed, each with an intentional mix of participants, including community members, Carle Illinois medical students, Illinois undergraduate engineering students, […]

November 1, 2019

Health Make-a-Thon Competition is Open for Idea Submissions From Across the State

  • By Kristin Tennant

Starting November 1, 2019, all Illinois residents are invited to submit ideas for improving human health to the second annual Illinois Health Make-a-Thon competition. The 10 best ideas will each be supported by $10,000 in Health Maker Lab resources to create a real prototype of their idea.