Chicago State University‘s HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute was established with funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health in May of 2004 to address the disproportionate incidence and complex burdens of HIV/AIDS in minority populations through research and policy. With supplemental state appropriated funding, the Institute's charge was enlarged to include minority populations throughout Illinois. Collaborative efforts were implemented to conduct and facilitate HIV/AIDS research; inform policy with findings from data collected by students, faculty members, and others; build capacities of individuals, groups, and organizations involved in HIV/AID research and services; and coordinate local area and campus-wide HIV/AIDS events.
Dr. Eric Whitaker, director, Illinois Department of Public Health, and State Representative, the Honorable Constance A. "Connie" Howard collaborated with Chicago State University. Meetings were held with Chicago State University researchers, faculty members, administrators and community representatives. The Institute held its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Monday, February 7, 2005.