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  • 10 Aug 2021 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    Be informed for the September 10, 2021 session with Maureen Benjamins, PhD and Fernando DeMaio, PhD regarding their new book:

    Unequal Cities: Structural Racism and the Death Gap


    America's Largest Cities

    (Book Release September 7, 2021)


    Suggested advance reading: 

    Benjamins MB, Silva A, Saiyed N, DeMaio F. Comparison of All-Cause Mortality Rates and Black:White Inequities in Rates Across the 30 Most Populous  U.S.  Cities <https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2775299>. JAMA Network Open, 2020; 3(12):e2032086. doi:10.10001/jamanetworkopen.2020.32086.

    More details and to register for the virtual session visit this page


  • 9 Aug 2021 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Check out the IOMC Awards open for nominations now!

    - IOMC Humanitarian Global Health Award 

    -The Portes/IOMC Award for Excellence in Prevention of Disease 

    -The Innovations in Health Care/Health Care Delivery Award

    Submissions due October 1, 2021 for the above rewards.

    -The Henry P. Russe, MD Citation for Exemplary Compassion in Healthcare 

    Due September 1, 2021

    For full details and the nominations form, visit this page


  • 6 Aug 2021 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    Watchful eye is needed here! Pediatric COVID-19 cases up 84%, report finds — 7 details (Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control 8.6.2021)

    About 72,000 children in the U.S. tested positive for COVID-19 in the week ending July 29, up 84 percent from the week prior, according to an Aug. 4 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.   

    The report is based on state-level COVID-19 data collected and shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association. 

    Six more details: 

    1. In the week prior to the one ending July 29, 39,000 pediatric COVID-19 cases were reported. 

    2. Nearly 4.2 million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, representing about 14.3 percent of all cumulative cases. After the week ending July 29, when 72,000 new pediatric cases were reported, that rose to 19 percent. 

    3. Children made up between 1.3 percent and 3.5 percent of total cumulative COVID-19 hospitalizations as of July 29. This figure is based on states that were reporting hospitalizations and mortality by age (23 states and New York City).

    4. Between 0.1 percent and 1.9 percent of all pediatric COVID-19 cases led to hospitalization, based on data from 23 states and New York City. 

    5. Among 43 states and New York City, which were reporting mortality data by age, less than 1 percent of all COVID-19 deaths were reported in children. 

    6. Less than 1 percent of all COVID-19 cases in children resulted in death, based on an analysis of states that were reporting such data. 

    Full article here> 


  • 6 Aug 2021 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    The deadline is approaching !  HENRY P. RUSSE, MD (February 12, 1928-May 10, 1991) served as Dean of Rush Medical College at Rush University Medical Center and served five terms as President of The Institute of Medicine of Chicago during an extraordinary decade of personal and professional commitment to the advancement of medicine.  To recognize his contributions, the Trustees of Rush University Medical Center and The Institute of Medicine of Chicago have established the Henry P. Russe, MD Citation for Exemplary Compassion in Healthcare. 

    This ongoing award demonstrates, as Dr. Russe exemplified, that humanitarianism must characterize the practice of medicine and medical education beyond the science, technology and personal skillfulness essential in caring for the health of our fellow citizens.  In 2021, this award will be recognized at the Healthcare Leadership Summit in December 2021. 

    Nominations due September 1, 2021 

    More info and download the nomination form here


  • 5 Aug 2021 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    IOMC is excited to host a virtual session on September 10, 2021 about the new book release (September 2021) 'Unequal Cities: Structural Racism and the Death Gap in America's Largest Cities' by Maureen Benjamins, PhD, Sinai Urban Health Institute and Fernando De Maio, PhD, American Medical Association and Founding Co-Director, Center for Community Health Equity (DePaul University and Rush University), and Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.

    The first book to specifically examine racial health inequities within and across US cities, Unequal Cities offers a social justice framework for addressing the newly identified inequities, as well as specific case studies to help public health advocates, civic leaders, and other stakeholders.

    -Discover the ten-year gap in life expectancy between our healthiest and unhealthiest big cities. 
    -Compare new previously unavailable data on life expectancy, mortality from leading causes of death, and related Black-white inequities for the country's 30 biggest cities and more. 

    State of Health of Chicago session-CEU 1.0*.

    More details and to register for this free session: Unequal Cities: Structural Racism and the Death Gap in America's Largest Cities


  • 4 Aug 2021 7:54 AM | Anonymous

    Approximately 15% of adults in the United States have chronic kidney disease (CKD).1 The lifetime risk of someone born in the United States developing kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant is 3%–4% (highest for non-Hispanic Black men at 8% and non-Hispanic Black women at 7%).2

    Using the Kidney Failure Risk Equation,3 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2016 show that among US adults with CKD* and at high risk (≥15%) of kidney failure within 5 years, only about 50% were aware of having CKD. Among adults with low risk (<2%) of kidney failure within 5 years, less than 10% were aware of having CKD.

    Patients’ knowledge about their kidney disease and its severity may help them follow a healthy lifestyle and prescribed treatments to promote kidney health. These actions may help prevent CKD progression to kidney failure and other health complications, including cardiovascular disease. Increasing awareness among adults with CKD, particularly among adults with the highest risk of kidney failure, represents a significant opportunity for improving quality of care.

    Read full article here. 


  • 3 Aug 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    The National Institutes of Health published it new strategic plan for 2021-2025 stating its three objectives, plan framework, and bold predictions. 

    View and download plan framework here. 

    View and download "Bold Predictions here. 


    To carry out its mission and optimize return on public investment, NIH has designed a strategic Framework that includes three key Objectives that align with the agency’s goals. These three Objectives outline NIH’s priorities in (1) biomedical and behavioral research areas, (2) research capacity, and (3) research conduct. Across all of these priorities, NIH emphasizes several Crosscutting Themes—approaches that are common to all Objectives of the Strategic Plan—including improving minority health and reducing health disparities; enhancing women’s health; addressing public health challenges across the lifespan; promoting collaborative science; and leveraging data science for biomedical discovery. Examples of these important crosscutting topics are located throughout the three Objectives. 

    View and download the full NIH Strategic Plan here


  • 2 Aug 2021 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    Deadline extended to August 12, 2021 - The Portes Foundation, in association with The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC), is soliciting proposals for research projects in health promotion and disease prevention. Please share this letter with colleagues who may be interested.

    Generally, the Portes Foundation has funded grants between $25,000 and $30,000.  Grants are awarded for one-year projects. The principal investigator must be a MD, DO, or PhD, have an appointment at a medical school, other health science schools or colleges, or a medical school affiliated hospital or group practice. 

    We invite proposals that explore research or implementation ideas important in health promotion and disease prevention. These projects may be investigative in etiologic factors, preventive measures, primary and secondary prevention screening, and education. Projects in patient education or health professions education will also be considered. All projects must include a complete and thorough evaluation component.

    All proposals will be peer-reviewed by a scientific committee of The Portes Foundation and the IOMC. The first phase of this process is a Letter of Intent, which should not exceed three pages. It should concisely describe the purpose and rationale of the study, its expected outcome, as well as the basic methods that will be used for evaluating the success of the project.

    The letter of intent must be submitted electronically to iomcstaff@iomc.org by August 12, 2021.

    By the end of August, letter of interest (LOI) submitters will be notified of the initial determination and, if applicable, a complete formal proposal will be requested and due in mid-October 2021. Acceptance of the LOI only means that the Portes Foundation and IOMC consider the concept within their mission and are now interested in evaluating a complete proposal.

    Portes Foundation Grant Committee

    Board, Institute of Medicine of Chicago

    Board, The Portes Foundation

    Important: A confirmation email will be sent on all submittals. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the IOMC office at 312.709.2685. 

  • 2 Aug 2021 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    The global rise in childhood obesity is a serious, long-term public health challenge and one that—warns a policy briefing from the World Obesity Federation published in November, 2020—could be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic response. Given how dramatically the pandemic has affected food systems, the economy, and children’s daily lives over the past 2 years, the potential impact of the pandemic on childhood obesity warrants careful scrutiny and a plan to get back on track towards reducing childhood obesity as part of the pandemic recovery. 

    Childhood obesity and overweight have increased substantially over the past four decades. WHO estimates that, in 2020, there were 39 million children under 5 years of age with overweight or obesity, and that the prevalence of obesity among those aged 5–19 years has increased from <1% globally in 1975 to 6% of girls and 8% of boys in 2016. Obesity and overweight can be associated with physical and mental health issues, and affect quality of life during childhood, but also increase the likelihood of being overweight and having life-limiting comorbidities in adulthood...

    Commercial and social determinants of health have fueled the rapid, global growth in childhood overweight. Changes in food production, retail practices, and the wider food environment have meant an increasing availability of convenient, high-calorie foods and drinks, and, as highlighted in The Lancet Commission A Future For The World's Children, this has been coupled with aggressive and largely unregulated marketing of unhealthy products towards children and their parents. 

    Read the full article here.          Download copy of the article here.  

    Related information; Childhood Obesity: Maintaining momentum during COVID-19 | World Obesity Federation 


  • 28 Jul 2021 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    With our sincerest condolences, IOMC will miss our long-term Billings Society Fellow, Past President (2004-2006), and Board Member since 2015, Dr. Les Sandlow. [Monday, July 26, 2021]

    Drawing upon more than five decades in gastroenterology, Dr. Sandlow was bestowed with the honor of emeritus professor of medicine and medical education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2010. Between 1990- 2010, he served the institution in numerous capacities, including senior associate dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education, head of the Department of Medical Education and senior associate dean of Medical Education Affairs. Prior, Dr. Sandlow had also gained teaching experience at the University of Chicago and Chicago Medical School between 1963 -1990. At the start of his career, he served the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center from 1961-1973, rising from an intern to associate medical director.

    Finding great success, Dr. Sandlow was the recipient of the Chicago Medical School Lifetime Achievement Award (2020), & Portes Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (2018). The recipient of numerous grants, including a grant from the National Institutes of Health (1988), & the AOA Faculty Award (2007).  

    Funeral service

    Thursday, July 29, 2021

    12 Noon

    Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home

    111 Skokie Blvd.

    Wilmette, IL 60091

    Interment to follow at Westlawn Cemetery, 7801 W. Montrose Ave, Norridge.

    Donations: Memorial contributions may be made to Dr. Les and Joanne Sandlow Scholarship for Health Care Education at the Milwaukee Academy of Science 2000 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233 or at Milwaukee Academy of Science Donate. There is a drop down menu when you click on the Donate link on their website.  For more info contact 847.256.5700

    We will miss you and thankful for your leadership, legacy and dedication! 


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