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State of Health of Chicago-Grand Convening

  • 23 Oct 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting


  • Donations are greatly appreciated for our upcoming programs and initiatives.

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Seven sessions on Oct. 23rd plus seven sessions throughout the coming months

October 23, 2020 

 Grand Convening 

Virtual Meeting 

With our compliments, no fee to attend this convening. 

A confirmation message will be sent upon registering, if you do not receive it, please contact us at infostaff@iomc.org. 

See our Suggested Readings List below the program schedule.  

8:00 AM   

Pre-Election  Welcome  & Opening Remarks

Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker, MD, MPH, FACP, President & Chair of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, and CEO of NextLevel Health

8:10 AM 

Pre-Election Opening PlenaryState of COVID-19 in Illinois: State Director of Public Health 

Sponsored by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine

Ngozi Ezike, MD, MPH, State of Illinois Director of Public Health

8:50 AM

Pre-Election Immunization Strategy and COVID-19: What Do We Know Now?

Sponsored by the Portes Foundation

Donna Thompson, CEO, Access Community Health Network

Helene Gayle, CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Samantha Olds-Frey, CEO,  Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans


9:30 AM   Break 

9:40 AM 

Pre-Election The Importance of Integrated Care in the COVID‐19 Environment 

Sponsored by Michael Reese Research and Education Foundation

Raul Garza, CEO & President, Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness

Doriane C. Miller, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Community Health and Vitality, University of Chicago

Maria H. Rahmandar, MD, Medical Director,  Substance Use & Prevention Program (SUPP), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of  Chicago

10:20 AM Break

10:30 AM 

Pre-Election Maternal Morbidity and Mortality and COVID-19: Managing Worsening Disparities

E Charles Lampley, MD, Director High Risk Obstetrics Sinai Medical Center

Robin Jones, MD, Associate Professor of ObGYN, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Lisa Green, CEO, Family Christian Health Center

11:15 AM Break 

11:30 AM 

 Pre-Election Principles of  Wellbeing Trusts

Mark Shields, MD, MBA, Guidehouse

Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public

Health (CDPH)

Natalie Moore,  MSJ, Reporter, WBEZ Radio

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, Richard Parrillo, Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine, University of Chicago

12:15 PM

Pre-Election Wrap Up & Closing Remarks

Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker, MD, MPH

12:30 PM 

Pre-Election  After Convening-Networking

1:00 PM    Adjourn

Suggested readings...

Framework for Equitable Allocation - NAP Report More> 

‘Death, Violence, Health, and Poverty' by Earl Frederick III, MD, MPH, Harvard Public Health Review  More>

Half of Chicago's households report serious financial problems during the COVID-19 pandemic, NPR-Harvard poll finds (Chicago Tribune 9.9.2020) More>

Breaking Silos and Taking Action: A Discussion about Black Maternal Child Health (Chicago Tribune 3.4.2020) More>



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Sponsors are invited and encouraged to view the multiple levels and ways to be involved in the State of Health of Chicago 2020-2021. There are full year sponsorships and virtual session sponsorships. Download the Sponsorship Packet here. 


November 10, 2020

Post-Election What Needs to Change? COVID 19: The Legislative Response: How Do Disparately Impacted Communities Recover?

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (Illinois Congressional District Two)

December 4, 2020

Post‐Election Healthcare and the Next Four Years: Medicare, Medicaid, and Innovation 

Invited: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Illinois)

December 10, 2020 Holiday Event

Virtual Holiday Event 2020 in review: Progress Made to Closing the Health Equity Gap: Successes and Lessons Learned

SOHOC 2021 Virtual Sessions

Post‐Election Implicit Bias-Recognition, Impact, and Training to Close the Health Equity Gap          

Post‐Election From Fee for Service to Managed Medicaid: The Promise of Care Coordination For Children in Foster Care

Post‐Election The Prison Industrial Complex & Impact on Community Stability in Chicago

Post‐Election Racial Inequity in Healthcare

Beena S Peters, DNP, MS, RN, FACHE, System Chief Nursing Officer, Cook County Health

Adeola Oduwole, MSc, VP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Lurie Children’s Hospital

Audra Davis, PsyD, Organizational Psychologist and Managing Partner at The Exeter Group

Fernando De Maio, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, DePaul University.

Questions? Contact us at infostaff@iomc.org or call us at 312.709.2685. 


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