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Celebrate Our Healthcare Heroes | Keynote Speakers US Sen. Dick Durbin & Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director, NIH | 2020 in Review: The Need to Close the Health Equity Gap: Successes and Lessons Learned

  • 4 Dec 2020
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Virtual Meetng


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December 4, 2020

Celebrate! Our Healthcare Heroes & Leaders and 2020 in Review

Virtual Meeting 

10:30 - 11:30 AM CT  (New Time) 

New date: Changed from December 10th to December 4th 

Complimentary-no fee to attend this program. 

Post-Election 2020 in Review: The Need to Close the Health Equity Gap: Successes and Lessons Learned

Guest Speakers: Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)

Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health

Join IOMC as we recognize outstanding healthcare leaders for their leadership, innovation and impact in making a difference in Chicago and the collar counties during the COVID-19 pandemic; celebrate our successes and lessons learned during 2020 and learn more about the progress of many challenges striking our communities and lives.

IOMC is honored to have US Senator Dick Durbin (D- Illinois) as our guest keynote speaker for Celebrate! Our Healthcare Heroes and Leaders and 2020 in Review and Dr. Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of National Institutes of Health. We will honor our "Healthcare Heroes" and professionals who are making a difference during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis. They are our true heroes! 

Dr. Cheryl Rucker- Whitaker, MD, MPH, FACP, President of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Senator Dick Durbin, (D-Illinois) and Dr. Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD will discuss 2020 and the post-election perspective. Dr. Collins was appointed the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under former President Barak Obama. All will discuss the impact of many challenges facing the State of Illinois and others. Plus, we will talk about the need to close health equity gap impacting our communities.

By attending this session, you will:

  • Obtain an update on the outlook over the fate of  the ACA and the case before the Supreme Court
  • Learn what new legislation will be prioritized to provide relief to families due to COVID-19
  • Discover how the Chicago HEAL initiative – an innovative collaboration between major Chicago hospitals to address violence and health disparities – is working and lessons learned to date

About HEAL 

Launched in October 2018 by Senator Durbin and ten of the largest hospitals serving Chicago, the Chicago HEAL Initiative is a three-year project to uplift the economic, health, and neighborhood conditions that are at the root of disparities, specifically in 18 of Chicago's neighborhoods with the highest rates of violence, poverty, and inequality. Recognizing their roles as leading employers, the hospitals have made 16 tangible commitments on actions—outside of their traditional health care roles—to engage their communities, including through local hiring and procurement, job training and mentorship, housing, and mental health activities.

To support the hospitals in meeting their 16 commitments under the Chicago HEAL Initiative, Durbin has passed sweeping federal legislation to provide new funding to address childhood trauma.  Durbin also secured new funding and directive language in the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills to prioritize communities such as Chicago for mental health, trauma-informed care, violence prevention, job training, and supportive housing programs. 

Read the latest 74-page report here.

Celebrate with us! Let’s pay homage to our Healthcare Heroes who have provided unmeasurable relief and care to COVID-19 patients, families and communities and during the management of this epic crisis.   

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


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