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The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Redefining Priorities for Health Reform in a Time of Transition

On January 8, 2015, Health & Medicine hosted the third meeting of The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Redefining Priorities for Health Reform in a Time of Transition. Almost 200 people attended the forum which was held at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and focused on opportunities to advance health reform in the State of Illinois. Attendees learned about where health reform efforts stand as we move into a new administration, explored essential initiatives on which millions of people around the State of Illinois depend, and how advocates can promote and protect valuable health reforms.


  • Michael Gelder, Senior Health Policy Advisor to Governor Pat Quinn and Executive Director, Governor's Office of Health Innovation and Transformation
  • Julie Hamos, Director, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Judith Gethner, Executive Director, Illinois Partners for Human Service; Member of the Health and Human Service Transition Team for Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner
  • John Bouman, President, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • Nadeen Israel, Director of Policy, EverThrive Illinois
  • Tom Wilson, Health Care Community Organizer, Access Living
  • Sharon Post, Director, Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group: Moderator
About the Forum:
Health advocates have been involved in a many health reform efforts over the last few years. Along with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a rapidly changing healthcare and insurance landscape, Federal grant opportunities, and state-based initiatives have begun to address the triple aim of improved patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita healthcare costs.

As the State transitions to a new administration, how can advocates best work to ensure the implementation of  meaningful health reforms in the State? What are some new initiatives that hold promise for meeting the triple aim? How do we ensure patient care is not interrupted as the state transitions? The forum addressed some of these critical questions.

During registration for this forum, registrants were asked to provide an answer to this query:  “To ensure that all idea are heard and to inform our discussion, please share one or two health policy or other health reform priorities that your organization has identified as important in the coming years.” Click here to see the priorities and concerns that were expressed by registrants. 

Lastly, we would like to share some helpful resources which were mentioned by panelists and our moderator during the forum discussion:
About The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy:
Each policy forum in The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series focuses on health reform efforts both in Illinois and in the Chicago area, including discussions of best practices from around the country. Previous events in the series include: People with Developmental Disabilities and Managed Care and Challenges to the Healthcare Safety Net in a Reforming Healthcare Environment.