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Health & Medicine at the 2015 Aging in America Conference

Mar 30, 2015

Members of Health & Medicine’s Center for Long-Term Care Reform presented on the Bridge Model of transitional care and inequities in care transition at the America Society on Aging’s Aging in America Conference on March 23-27 in Chicago. The Conference brought together leaders in aging from around the nation to learn and grow their skills and knowledge in order to bring better services and products to the aging population.

Program Coordinator Bonnie Ewald presented on Hospital-Community Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges in the Post-ACA World at the eventThe ACA has opened the door for robust hospital-community collaboration and novel ways of integrating psychosocial elements into healthcare. Ewald’s presentation explored several contemporary care delivery and payment models that include social workers, post-acute providers and the aging network and summarized how the Bridge Model of transitional care has adapted to opportunities and challenges in the post-ACA environment.

Health & Medicine also co-sponsored a symposium at the Conference with a number of our Bridge partners on Potential and Strategies for Care Coordination in a "Post-Acute Care" World. The presentation highlighted trends and inequalities in hospital and post-acute care utilization patterns and the need for community investment to address this issue. To learn more, we invite you to read our recent paper, "Addressing Inequities in Care Transitions" and to visit the Bridge Model website

LGBTQ Book & Movie Drive For Juvenile Locked Facilities

Mar 26, 2015

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are over-represented in the Juvenile Justice System.  With few resources, Illinois Youth Centers, along with many Juvenile Detention Centers, are working with Health & Medicine’s Court-Involved Youth Project to find ways to support them through policy development, training, and interventions. 

You can help us to support these young people by donating to our LGBTQ Book and Movie Drive. With your help, we can make sure that youth have access to books and movies that reflect their identities.

You can support this book drive one of two ways:

  1. Visit our Amazon Wish List and purchase as many books and movies as you want to donate. These purchases will be shipped to us, where we can compile them and get them into each facility.
  2. Make a donation online by clicking here. When you make a donation, specify the program as “Court-Involved Youth Project,” and note “book drive” in the comment section.
Monetary donations will help us purchase two very important documentary films not available on Amazon. We also invite you to share this information and our book drive flier with your networks. Thank you for your support!

Health & Medicine in Crain's Chicago

Mar 17, 2015

An opinion piece co-authored by Health & Medicine's Executive Director Margie Schaps and Policy Analyst Wesley Epplin examining Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts to Illinois' Medicaid program was published in Crain's Chicago Business today. The article, "First, do no harm? Rauner's Medicaid budget an economic drain," explains how budget cuts will impact health care for vulnerable populations in Illinois and ultimately cost the state money: 

"In his budget proposal, Gov. Bruce Rauner recommended a $1.5 billion cut to Medicaid (the largest of the state medical programs that cover 22 percent of all Illinoisans, according to the noted analysis from Rob Paral).

For those counting, that's more than 1 in 5 Illinoisans covered by state medical programs. In the larger context of other harmful cuts to health and social services, the proposed Medicaid cuts are both irrational and shortsighted. If enacted, they would harm Illinoisans' health and negatively impact the bottom lines of the state and businesses."

Read the full article here.

Call for Nominations for the 2015 Schweitzer Leadership Award

Feb 20, 2015

The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship is seeking nominations for their 2015 Schweitzer Leadership Award which recognizes an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in our community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 5, 2015 and the winner will be honored at an awards event this June.
To submit a nomination, send an e-mail to, with the subject “Leadership Award Nomination.” In the body of the e-mail, include your contact information, the contact information of your nominee, and an answer to these questions:
• Why is your nominee an ideal candidate for the Schweitzer Leadership Award?
• Please describe the ways in which your nominee has mitigated the social determinants of health in his/her community, and the ways in which his/her commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.
• Please be sure to include your name, contact information, and affiliation(s) with the person you are nominating.

Nominations may have a maximum  of 1,000 words, and only individuals living in the Chicago area are eligible for the award. We also invite you to download a nomination flier to share this exciting opportunity with your network.