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2020

If You Can, Stay Home To Save Lives From COVID-19

November 24, 2020

With COVID-19 spreading out of control in our communities, we are sharing some sites we consider to be providing the best and clearest information. We hope some of this will be useful to you and help you and those you care about to stay safe and healthy. Please stay home to help save lives. Given […]

Now Hiring: Senior Policy Analyst, Workforce

November 17, 2020

Job Title: Senior Policy Analyst, Workforce Supervised by: Director, Workforce Programs Supervises: N/A Classification: Exempt, Full-time, Temporary, Salaried Organization Summary Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (Health & Medicine) is an independent non-profit health policy and advocacy center in Chicago working to improve the health of all people in Illinois by promoting health equity. Health […]

Now Hiring: Consultant, Center for Public Health Equity

November 7, 2020

Health & Medicine is seeking a consultant to support policy engagement and research focused on healthcare reform and safety net work. Consultant will provide convening, research, and administrative support on health reform and health safety net policy and planning efforts. Consultant reports to the Director of the Center for Public Health Equity. This is a temporary, 4-month position.

Americans Deserve Time and Equal Opportunity to Vote

November 2, 2020

At Health & Medicine, we support the growing movement to make Election Day a national holiday. One of the most common barriers to voting cited is the demands of work and life. Making Election Day a national holiday makes it easier for those who otherwise would not be able to take time off of work […]

Health Equity Requires Defunding and Abolishing the Police

Health & Medicine’s Board of Directors voted on and approved this policy position in September 2020. This policy position statement was developed by a committee of staff and board members. Advancing health equity is Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s mission. As part of that mission, Health & Medicine supports the growing call to defund […]

Health & Medicine Launches Giving Tuesday Campaign to Help Fund Equity Internship Program

October 28, 2020

    Health & Medicine launched its 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign with an intimate virtual performance by The Chicago Magic Lounge founding member Luis Carreon.  This year’s Giving Tuesday Campaign raises funds for our Equity Internship Program. Help us raise $4,125, enough to support one intern for a 12 week part-time internship. Health & Medicine’s […]

Now Hiring: Director of Workforce Programs

October 13, 2020

Job Title: Director, Workforce Programs Supervised by: Executive Director Supervises: Chicago AHEC Program Coordinator and Workforce Policy Analyst Classification: Exempt, Full-time, Salaried Organization Summary Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (Health & Medicine) is an independent non-profit health policy and advocacy center in Chicago working to improve the health of all people in Illinois by […]

Health & Medicine Observes Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020

October 8, 2020

On October 12th, 2020, for the third time in the organization’s history, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group will be observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The Indigenous Peoples of America continue to show strength and resilience in the face of adversity and injustice. They are made up of many different tribes with rich cultures and histories […]

Police Violence Is a Public Health Crisis

September 23, 2020

As Chicago reels from the all too frequent occurrence of police shooting people in our city neighborhoods and throughout the nation, and the city sees more punitive responses to protestors implemented, the staff at Health & Medicine is compelled to speak out and join with organizations like Black Lives Matter Chicago, Assata’s Daughters, and Good Kids Mad City in their calls for the defunding of the Chicago Police Department. Police violence is a public health crisis.

Director of Health Equity Provides Testimony at Cook County Board Public Hearing

August 3, 2020

On July 16th, 2020, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Department of Budget and Management Services hosted a public hearing to present the FY2021 Preliminary Budget Forecast.

Meet our 2020 HMPRG Awards Winners

July 31, 2020

We’re pleased to announce the recipients of our 2020 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. You can watch the recording of the virtual 2020 HMPRG Awards Gala here! Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank E. Chapman Jr., Chicago Alliance Against […]

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter At Health & Medicine, we believe that Black Lives Matter and that racism is a public health crisis. Since our inception in 1981, we have been committed to equity, and we will continue to do our part to work to dismantle systems built on racism and oppression and interrogate the ways that […]

Health & Medicine Welcomes 2020-21 Schweitzer Fellows

June 24, 2020

Twenty-eight 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 […]

I feel rage and grief, and I assume all of you do too.

June 2, 2020

I feel rage and grief, and I assume all of you do too. As Rev. Otis Moss said at the City’s press conference, we are living with two simultaneous viruses, the COVID-19 virus and the 1619 virus. For one of these, we are putting our best scientific minds to work to find a cure; our […]

Observing Illinois’s Second Trauma-Informed Awareness Day

May 6, 2020

May 15th is Illinois’s second annual Trauma-Informed Awareness Day. Established by Illinois House and Senate resolutions in 2019, Trauma-Informed Awareness Day recognizes the impact of childhood adversity and highlights the importance of prevention, community resilience, and trauma-informed care. In addition to establishing Trauma-Informed Awareness Day, the resolutions promote two other important strategies: 1) that policy […]

Nominations Open for the 2020 HMPRG Awards

April 16, 2020

Nominations are now open for our 2020 HMPRG Awards. Health & Medicine has been astounded at the breadth and depth of support we have seen throughout the Covid-19 crisis, and how many people have come together to support those most at risk. Help us celebrate the public health champions in our community who transform and […]

Health & Medicine Responds to Covid-19

March 17, 2020

Health & Medicine is a proud founding member of Protect Our Care Illinois, which has crafted this letter to the Governor laying out actions he and his administration can take now and in the near future to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the residents of Illinois. We will continue to work […]

COVID-19 Resources

March 10, 2020

Here are some resources we find useful about COVID-19 (coronavirus) from our colleagues at the American Public Health Association. “As the world’s attention is increasingly focusing on the novel coronavirus outbreak, APHA’s goal is to help spread accurate, timely and helpful information to the public health community and the general public. Among the Association’s newest […]

Health & Medicine Remembers Dr. Gini Bishop

February 11, 2020

The Health & Medicine community is saddened by the passing of Board Member Dr. Virginia Bishop (Gini). “Chicago has lost a true advocate for social justice,” Executive Director Margie Schaps said. “Not only was Gini a beloved faculty member at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, she was a dedicated healthcare provider for young people […]

Director of Health Equity Testifies Before Cook County Board: We Need a CEO Committed to Social Justice and Health Equity

January 22, 2020

On Wednesday, January 22nd, the following testimony by Health & Medicine’s Director of Health Equity Wesley Epplin was presented to the Health and Hospitals Committee of the Cook County Board of Commissioners about Cook County Health CEO, governance, and finances. Epplin urged the Board to choose a CEO committed to social justice and health equity […]


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