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Health Reform, Public Health, and Health Planning in Illinois

On Monday, May 5, 2014 Health & Medicine held a forum at the University of Illinois at Chicago on current health reform and public health efforts in Illinois. A recording of the event and additional information can be found below, and you can view the conference notes here. Thank you to all who attended.




Health & Medicine  prepared a fact sheet that outlines the many different efforts that were discussed at the forum, which can be viewed on our blog.  The quick two-pager provides helpful information about state efforts related to health reform and public health.

This forum included a panel discussion regarding ongoing efforts to reform healthcare and promote and protect public health in the State.  The initiatives discussed at the forum are listed below, along with the panelists.

Illinois' Statewide Medicaid 1115 Waiver Application
Budgeting for Results
    
Cristal Thomas, Deputy Governor, Office of Governor Quinn

Office of Health Innovation and Transformation

The Alliance for Health and the Health Care Reform Implementation Council
Balancing Incentive Program

    Michael Gelder, Senior Health Policy Advisor to Governor Quinn and Executive Director, Governor's Office of Health Innovation and   Transformation

Illinois Workforce Investment Board
    Stephen Konya, Chief of Staff, Illinois Department of Public Health

State Health Improvement Plan
Community Transformation Grants

    Leticia Reyes-Nash, Division Chief, Office of Policy, Planning, & Statistics, Illinois Department of Public Health

This forum provided attendees with an overview and update on each of these initiatives, explored relationships and overlap among these efforts, and examined the road to implementation, barriers to moving forward, and ways for stakeholders to be involved.  Richard Sewell, Associate Dean for Community and Public Health Practice at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, moderated the panel of speakers.  Time for Q-and-A was provided.

The Health Reform, Public Health, and Health Planning in Illinois forum was made possible by the generous support of the Chicago Community Trust.  It was co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.