Health Care

The UIC College of Medicine Chapter of NLVS runs regular community service events throughout the year.

Medical students can volunteer at South Loop Community Table (SLCT), a weekly event for unhoused folks in Chicago’s South Loop and surrounding neighborhoods. While offering a meal and coffee, SLCT’s main goal is to create a space where people can build community — to be known and respected for who they are. There are board games and karaoke, as well as holiday parties and birthday celebrations. NLVS volunteers serve food or coffee, help with set up or tear down, greet and play games with community members, and other tasks that are needed.


One of our longest-standing community service partnerships is between UICOM and the Pilsen Food Pantry. NLVS officially started volunteering with the Pilsen Food Pantry back in 2018. At the time, the pantry was a small room inside the Pilsen University of Illinois Clinic. 

Since then, the pantry in the meantime has moved to a new larger location in the Pilsen community on 2124 S Ashland. NLVS currently covers weekly Saturday food rescues, where volunteers pick up donations from stores like Trader Joe’s, deliver it to the pantry, and prepare it for distribution. At the same time, volunteers help at the Sunday pantry preparation shifts and the Clothes Closet, which organizes clothing donations. 

Through this program, NLVS helps the Pilsen Food Pantry supply donations to the hundreds of families that rely on them.

Our Mission

The NLVS free health clinic serves as a comprehensive medical care facility dedicated to serving the uninsured and underinsured of Chicago in primary and secondary prevention of chronic medical conditions and also training future health care professionals by providing an educational setting to learn and practice clinical skills.

Our Services

We empower our patients to manage their health with one-on-one nutrition and lifestyle counselling. Our medical students and clinicians provide culturally sensitive and informed health education. We also offer health fairs throughout nearby communities.

Medications for both acute infections and chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are provided at no cost to patients. Every effort is made to provide free medications and help patients purchase low-cost medications.

Bloodwork, including complete blood count, complete metabolic profile, fasting lipid profile, HbA1c, liver function tests, and thyroid function tests are available at no charge. Urinalysis and EKGs are also free to our patients.

Shared Medical Appointment

Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are an opportunity for patients to see a doctor along with other patients who have the same health condition. Patients are provided with an educational workshop providing them with general information about the disease. After the workshop, patients are individually assessed by medical students and physicians. This program involves multiple providers including physicians, pharmacists, dietitians, and behavioral providers in a group setting with multiple patients.


Contact us to see when there are available appointments.

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2645 W Peterson Ave, Chicago, IL 60659