Loyola Parkinson CHIE

Improving public health through interdisciplinary research and partnerships

When people use their collective expertise to create sustainable models of change, they spark the greatest breakthroughs in public health. To foster this spirit of innovation, the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health created the Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CHIE). Established in 2021, the CHIE will be a central hub for scholars, community partners, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and students to meet at the intersection of health care, social justice, and business and engage in purpose-driven research with the goal of reducing health inequities and improving health care delivery for all.

What we're about

Improving healthcare for all by serving as a vehicle for communication across all disciplines with a focus on innovation.

Translating knowledge to action and outcomes through experiential learning and application.

Providing opportunities to activate entrepreneurial energy from a public health perspective as we embrace the University-wide Strategic Plan, For the Greater Good, which seeks to increase our agility to respond to rapidly changing situations and needs over the next five years and well beyond.

What we do

As the Center evolves, it will host a robust schedule of programming–including seminars, panels, bootcamps, and fellowships–that offers diverse opportunities for students, faculty, staff, community partners, and entrepreneurs to engage, connect, and collaborate. Connect with us to learn more about our various programming and how you can get involved.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Climate Change Conference

The Parkinson School and CHIE are proud to sponsor two events as part of the 2022 Climate Change Conference hosted by Loyola's School of Environmental Sustainability. This year's conference will examine the intersection of climate change, human health, and justice. 

Beyond Crisis Management 

In partnership with Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, the Parkinson School launched the webinar series, Beyond Crisis Management, to help provide timely, actionable guidance to leaders on how to address the challenges of COVID-19. View past webinars.


Learn what it takes to bring an innovation to market, and enroll in the I-Corps@NCATS (National Center for Advancing Translational Science) training program. This four-week course is based on the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps and I-Corps at National Institutes for Health (NIH) Entrepreneurial Training Program, which combines training in the Business Model Canvas and the customer discovery process.

The program encourages experiential learning and team science. It is open to teams of biomedical scientists, clinicians, engineers, and students. The curriculum provides a real-world, hands-on, immersive learning experience in how to transform innovations into successful products and services.

Learn more about our upcoming I-Corps@NCATS sessions!

MATTER Partnership

The Parkinson School is uniquely positioned to improve population health equity and healthcare delivery. As we inspire, mentor, and train Parkinson students to become public health and healthcare entrepreneurs, we partner and collaborate with organizations in this space. We're excited to collaborate with MATTER’s community of healthcare entrepreneurs that will help spark innovation within the Parkinson School. MATTER is a global healthcare startup incubator, community nexus, and corporate innovation accelerator headquartered in Chicago. 

On November 16, 2021, the CHIE welcomed its partners from MATTER for a virtual conversation about health equity and the role of innovation. Learn more about Rebuilding Beyond COVID-19: Healthy, Sustainable, and Resilient Health Systems

Innovation Challenge

In partnership with Lyfebulb, the Parkinson School will host an annual Innovation Challenge to generate promising solutions to improve the health of communities, strengthen health care delivery, and build health equity. During the Innovation Challenge, Parkinson and Lyfebulb will invite innovators from different industries and disciplines to submit forward-thinking and creative ideas for solutions, technologies, methodologies, and services that improve population and public health, health care delivery, or health equity.

Learn more about the Innovation Challenge.

Summer Sessions

This summer, the Parkinson School is offering special topic courses on Strengthening Population Health Resilience in the Time of COVID-19. The courses are open to students, faculty, staff, as well as community partners and members. Explore all five courses, including a special course offering on implementation science: 

Be the Change: Using Implementation Science to Improve Health Outcomes

In this introductory, seminar-style course, we will discuss why implementation science is needed, some of the key theories and frameworks related to implementation science, engagement of key stakeholders and community in the process, the importance of identifying barriers and facilitators to change, and how to sustain and spread change.

Instructor(s): Fran Weaver, PhD, and Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH
Time/Date(s): Held virtually on Tuesdays from May 24 through July 1 from 4:30-6 p.m. 

Connect with us

Looking to learn more about partnership opportunities? Or maybe you want to get involved in a student fellowship? Contact Merly Thomas, CHIE administrator.

Founding Director Search

We are recruiting a founding director to lead the CHIE. This individual will be essential to establishing the Center’s business plan (vision, strategy, and goals), and directing the development of its annual programming and events. Learn more about this opportunity and others. Questions? Contact Merly Thomas, CHIE administrator