Community Relations

Learn more about the ways Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science serves and engages our community. We are proud of the efforts by our faculty, staff, students and alumni to serve the nation and improve the health of its people.

RFUMS students, faculty, staff and alumni strive to bring about a better quality of life for our community through their engagement in endeavors and initiatives related, but not limited, to healthcare education, prevention, service, fundraising and public policy issues. Outreach efforts target local and surrounding communities and reach into the greater regional area. 


INfluence Student Potential and Increase Representation in Education is an innovative mentoring and applied research program designed to build the pipeline for underrepresented minority students pursuing higher education in the fields of science and biomedical research with the long-term goal of increasing the number of qualified minorities completing advanced degree health and research programs and serving the community as practicing health professionals. Its primary purpose is to provide hands-on research opportunities and mentoring to promising high school and college students.

Target students for INSPIRE will represent the first generation of their families to attend college. For this reason, the program is designed to guide and support them in their education and career choices from high school through college and into graduate/professional school.

The Health Professions Education Consortium

The Health Professions Education Consortium is working to help expand opportunities in medical and health sciences education and careers by partnering with Lake County schools, businesses, non-profits, and elected officials.

As a national leader in interprofessional biomedical and health care education, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science seeks to address communal needs for career readiness and workforce demands in the health professions through an 

Consortium members include: Carroll University, Carthage College, College of Lake County, DePaul University, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Northern Illinois University, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, University Center, and the University of Wisconsin –Parkside.  Additional participants include, Assured Healthcare, the Lake County Workforce Development Department, and the Lake County Workforce Investment Board.Educational Innovation Cluster known as the Health Professions Education Consortium.

The long-term goal for the Consortium is to better meet regional health care needs by improving the college and career readiness of students matriculating into higher education. 

YWCA Empowerment Day for Girls

A hands-on, educational event where over 100 middle school girls from the North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion-Benton School Districts participate in a one-day conference that exposes them to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

This event is a partnership with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, the YWCA of Lake County, and the Lake County Regional Office of Education. 


National Youth Leadership Forum

An event that brings high-school students throughout the Nation together to learn more about the vast opportunities available in the health professions.  Students receive the opportunity to participate in a strength and flexibility session, a gait analysis workshop and pedorthic laboratory.

This event is a partnership with the College of Health Professions, the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, and the National Youth Leadership Forum.



 Serving To Educate Potential Upcoming Professionals is a tutoring and mentoring program established by one of our student organizations in partnership with North Chicago Community High School. The program offers services to district students interested in healthcare careers and those in need of academic support as well as ACT preparation.

The tutoring component offers students a safe and supportive environment where learning is tailored based on the individual needs of each student. The mentoring component of the program allows Rosalind Franklin University students to act as positive role models that can impact the lives of North Chicago youth. 

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science appreciates the dedication of its student leaders and volunteers working to make a difference in our community. This year, the STEP UP program has been awarded the Outstanding Education Service Award in recognition of the impact the program is having in the education and the lives of students in North Chicago.

The Future Healthcare Professionals Club 

The Club was established by RFUMS student leaders to compliment the work of the STEP UP program. This new after-school club exposes North Chicago Community High School students to pre-health education through hands on activities and dynamic demonstrations by current graduate students in the health professions. 

At each session, the RFUMS graduate student mentors lead the high school students in clinically related activities aimed at exploring as many health care fields as possible. Education about nutrition and healthy choices is also emphasized during these sessions providing a holistic approach to the importance of health and healthcare. The club is open to all students interested in learning more about the various health fields or pursuing a career in healthcare. The club meets bi-weekly in concordance with existing STEP UP sessions. 

First-Year Experience

Interprofessional Education:

Each student within the University that will graduate with a clinical role in the health professions participates in a course in their first year, Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Healthcare.  The course focuses on working with multiple disciplines in one work group, and the culmination of the course is to participate in a community service learning project.  The focus of their projects were nutrition and physical fitness education/training, health screenings, and making healthy choices.


Healthy Families Program

This program provides free mental health services delivered by graduate students in clinical psychology under the clinical supervision of our faculty.  The program is located in Waukegan, and offers vital mental health care to medically underserved individuals and families throughout Lake County. 




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