Special Populations

The Special Populations Program was adopted in 1991 at McKinley Health Center. One of the main goals of this program is to address the specific health problems experienced by marginalized groups, thus narrowing the gap between the total population and those population groups that now experience above average incidences of death, disease, and disability. A chief avenue for the pursuit of this goal is making efforts that will enhance and promote human potentials, while discouraging factors that inhibit those potentials.

Key components of the program include hosting campus events, activities, and workshops.

Goals and Objectives

  • Promote dialogue on multicultural health issues
  • Design and implement interactive programs that facilitate health awareness to the UIUC student community
  • Provide illness prevention/health promotion programs through the offices of Student Affairs, ethnic group clubs, residence halls, fraternities/sororities campus cultural houses and some selected academic units
  • Provide valuable health information and related literatures by providing links to national, regional, local and Big10 health centers
  • Engage in activities that will encourage student involvement in health/outreach programs
  • Collaborate and facilitate programs with local health and social agencies for the University of Illinois diverse student populations



Additional Resources

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

Department of Community Health

Office of International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS)

Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA)

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Student Insurance Office

If you would like to be a part of Special Populations' at McKinley Health Center, you are welcome to contact Health Education at 217-333-2700 or contact one of the officers.