External Relations

Welcome

Welcome to the Office of External Relations, led by Associate Provost of External Relations Lori Williams. It’s our honor to help position SIU School of Medicine as the regional leader in health care and community health—an organization that is deeply committed to central and southern Illinois. Through our health programs, outreach and partnerships, we help our neighbors see and experience SIU School of Medicine’s immense contributions to the region. The Office of External Relations is focused on community relations, regional programs, clinical outreach, and advocacy to establish strong relationships with outside constituencies and build broad understanding of SIU School of Medicine’s contributions to the populations within the 66 counties of Illinois we serve. Departments and offices within the Office of External Relations are responsible for cultivating partnerships, developing socially accountable programs, and developing ambassadors that can help to expand the reach of SIU School of Medicine.

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Outreach spotlight

The Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development is in place to help address health care and social service issues impacting the lives and productivity of those in our state and nation. We do this through grant and project development, research and evaluation, training and workforce development, and community engagement and outreach. Learn More.

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Latest articles

Kruse on Firearms

Jerry Kruse speaks about firearm violence in US

More than 40,000 people die of firearms annually in the U.S., and firearm violence is the leading cause of death for Americans age 17 years and under.
Durbin makes federal funds announcement May 31

Workforce equity center and telehealth support coming to SIU

Sen. Dick Durbin announced federal funding for the creation of a workforce development center and telehealth training and equipment upgrades at SIU School of Medicine.

Accessible, quality care for the region

In recent weeks, questions related to access to health care in central Illinois have become loud and pronounced. News stories, legislative hearings, personal testimony and inaccurate information have all contributed to confusion and disagreement about the availability and quality of care in the region.