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IL ACEs Response Collaborative Releases Policy Recommendations

Dec 21, 2016

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is pleased to share three policy briefs on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the health, justice, and education systems including promising practices and recommended actions for change. These briefs were developed by members of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative—system leaders in Illinois who are working from an ACEs-informed lens to improve systems to prevent and mitigate trauma across generations.
Rooted in social justice, these briefs are a call to action to move upstream, build resiliency, and recognize how addressing inequity and trauma can improve systems while also building resiliency. Click here to view the briefs.

A Time for Unity: Health & Medicine’s Executive Director Margie Schaps Releases Statement on 2016 Election

Nov 09, 2016

Health & Medicine’s late founder Quentin D. Young always greeted me with the question “What have we done today to fight the forces of reaction?” I find myself reflecting on Quentin’s words today in the wake of an election cycle that has uncovered deep divisions in our nation and threatened to move us further away from being a country that champions social justice and health equity.

The role of advocates and “honest brokers” like Health & Medicine is more important than ever as we work across political divides to find common ground and advance solutions that ensure the health of all people in our community. Now is the time to fight harder for the issues we care about and ensure that hard won reforms--like access to health care, marriage equality, and work on climate change--are not undone. We must continue our efforts to create a world where all can truly thrive by championing racial justice, gender equality, reproductive justice, LGB/T rights, and economic justice.

We echo the calls for unity. It is by clarifying our values, rallying for the causes that are most dear to us, and coming together that we can promote change and build a more just, equitable society. As Quentin would say, you get a lot accomplished if you link arms with others in struggle.

Health & Medicine Testifies at Progressive Caucus Hearing

Nov 07, 2016

Health & Medicine provided testimony at a budget hearing hosted by the Progressive Caucus of Chicago's City Council on Thursday, November 3, 2016. Health & Medicine's testimony raised the problem of severe health inequities in Chicago as a priority in need of more funding. We asked for more investment specifically for lead remediation and more generally in the Chicago Department of Public Health to implement Healthy Chicago 2.0, the city's community health improvement plan. View Health & Medicine's testimony here.

Health & Medicine Testifies to County Board on Privatization of Toxicology, Sweetened Beverage Tax

Oct 31, 2016

Health & Medicine recently testified to the Cook County Board on the privatization of toxicology services in the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as well as at the October 31st Board Budget Hearing on the city’s proposed sweetened beverage tax.

Executive Director Margie Schaps shared the organization’s objections to the City’s plan to eliminate 18 of the 22 positions in the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

“The risks of privatization of public services have been repeatedly demonstrated: in jails, in schools, in tollways, and many other arenas.  Arguments in favor of privatization must therefore pass a high bar.  Two main claims have been made to support outsourcing of the toxicology to a private vendor outside of Chicago: Cost savings, and reduced time to get results.  We do not believe that these arguments are either valid or sufficient to justify outsourcing,” Schaps said. Click here to read the full testimony.

At a later budget hearing, Health & Medicine also expressed its reluctant support for the sweetened beverage tax in the event that other less regressive taxes or fees cannot be identified. Read the full testimony here.