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2019

Margie Schaps Testifies Before Cook County Board: “CCHHS plays a critical role in this County with a mission to take care of all in need.”

July 10, 2019

On Tuesday, July 9th, the following testimony by Health & Medicine’s Executive Director Margie Schaps was presented to the Cook County Board at their Budget Hearing. Schaps urged the Board to approve a budget that will allow the Health System to succeed and flourish while allowing it to fully implement a strategic vision that will […]

Meet our 2019 HMPRG Award Winners

July 1, 2019

We’re pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 HMPRG Awards representing Chicago-area leaders whose work exemplifies Health & Medicine’s mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care. We invite you to join us in honoring our winners at Health & Medicine’s Awards Gala on Sept. 27, 2019 at the […]

Health & Medicine Welcomes 2019-20 Schweitzer Fellows

June 25, 2019

Thirty-one passionate health professions graduate students have been selected for the distinguished Schweitzer Fellowship – a year-long service learning program that helps Fellows design and implement innovative projects that help address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities. Named in honor of famed humanitarian and Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows […]

#HistoryMatters: Health & Medicine Celebrates Juneteenth

June 17, 2019

On June 19, 2019, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group will be celebrating Juneteenth, a day regarded as the oldest national celebration of African American liberation in the United States. While the official date of the Emancipation Proclamation was 1863, Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the remote territory of Texas […]

Observing Illinois’ First Trauma-Informed Awareness Day

May 15, 2019

Health & Medicine and the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative are proud to join with others across the state in observing Illinois’ first Trauma-Informed Awareness Day. Today, our ACEs staff and partners are in Springfield meeting with legislators and speaking about this important legislation. This is a great milestone for building the trauma-informed movement in Illinois […]

Health & Medicine Prepares for Illinois’ First Trauma-Informed Awareness Day on May 15

May 8, 2019

The State of Illinois has declared May 15, 2019 as Trauma-Informed Awareness Day to highlight the impact of trauma and the importance of prevention and community resilience. Senate Resolution 99, sponsored by State Senators Julie A. Morrison, Laura Ellman, Elgie R. Sims, Jr., and Laura M. Murphy, establishes this important day and promotes two other […]

Schaps Joins Lightfoot’s Transition Team

April 12, 2019

Yesterday, Health & Medicine’s Executive Director Margie Schaps participated in a kick off meeting for the Health & Human Services Committee of Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot’s Transition Team. Several Health & Medicine board members–including Jennifer McGowan-Tomke of NAMI, Suzanne Carlberg-Racich of the Chicago Recovery Alliance, and Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, Director of the Center for Multi-System Solutions to […]

IL ACEs Response Collaborative Informs Senate Resolution

March 5, 2019

Illinois State Senators Sen. Morrison and Sen. Ellman recently introduced SR99, Trauma-Informed Awareness Day, citing the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative’s report on the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. The Collaborative and Health & Medicine are excited to inform Sen. Morrison and Ellman’s resolution as part of our ongoing work to put the issues of trauma and resilience on the forefront of the equity agenda in Illinois.

Health & Medicine Releases Long-Term Care Reform in Illinois: 2019 Agenda for Change

February 26, 2019

Health & Medicine and our Center for Long-Term Care Reform have long been committed to improving the way older adults in Illinois live and enjoy their final years with dignity in their homes and communities. With a new administration in place, Health & Medicine intends to take action to ensure that aging issues are prioritized by the new Pritzker administration, as well as advocating nationally for adequate funding and rational policies to support home and community-based services and supports. To that end, we are pleased to share our Aging in Illinois: 2019 Agenda for Change.

Health & Medicine Supports Efforts of Local Foundations to Fund West Suburban CHWs

January 29, 2019

On January 22nd, Community Memorial Foundation and Healthy Communities Foundation announced that they jointly invested $535,000 in a pilot program to engage a community health worker (CHW) network in the Western Suburbs. Funding will be used to support Community Health Workers at Aging Care Connections, Alivio Medical Center, BEDS Plus, Healthcare Alternative Systems, and Mujeres Latinas en Acción. Health and Medicine will coordinate the program which will be evaluated by the Chicago-based Sinai Urban Health Institute.

Health & Medicine and CHECookCounty Release Statement Urging Cook County Board of Commissioners to Fully Investigate the County’s Gang Database

January 25, 2019

On January 23, Health & Medicine and the Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County released a statement to the Cook County Board of Commissioners in support of passage of Item #19-0687 An Ordinance to regulate and develop a long-term plan for the use of any Regional Gang Intelligence Database (RGID) and affiliated data. The so-called gang database contains the names of 25,000 people suspected of being affiliated with more than 400 gangs and gang factions and has been criticized by civil liberties groups for having adverse effects on the lives of those listed even after they have left the gang life.

Board Member Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar Appears on Chicago Tonight to Discuss a New Program to Prevent Opioid Addiction

January 21, 2019

Last week, Health & Medicine Board Member Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar appeared on WTTW's Chicago Tonight to discuss a new Illinois program that aims to prevent opioid addiction by allowing patients to take a prescription for painkillers and use it for cannabis instead.


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