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  • 1 Jul 2021 5:42 PM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2021 Special Public Service Award recipients! IOMC awarded the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Cook County and the collar counties public health directors with a special award at the Annual Meeting.

    We are thankful for your service, expertise and commitment during this past year with the COVID-19 pandemic! 


  • 1 Jul 2021 2:21 PM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    It is with great pleasure and honor to announce Dr. Mark Shields as the Institute of Medicine of Chicago 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. The Institute of Medicine of Chicago is proud to honor Dr. Mark Shields, an outgoing longstanding Board member and Billings Society Fellow. 

    Dr. Shields has been a Fellow of IOMC for over 20 years and has served on the Board of Governors since 2013.  He is an Accomplished Leader in Academics, Patient Care, Advocacy, Administration and Committed to Health Equity. 

    Visit the Awards Page for the full announcement on Dr. Shields and view the recipients for the IOMC Special Award for Public Service.  


  • 18 Jun 2021 12:23 PM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has produced many reports and briefs that describe racial inequities, specifically between Blacks and other CDPH, a group of five Black women formed the Health Equity Index Committee (HEIC).

    Blair Aikens, Dana Harper, Rachelle Paul-Brutus, Donna Scrutchins and Yaa Simpson-CDPH Health Equity Index Committee (HEIC)

    Through this working group, they applied their diverse skills and expertise—including data analysis,  community engagement, and research—to present a unique perspective on how to define, measure, analyze and discuss health and health equity for Black Chicagoans. 

    Download the data report brief hereCDPH_BlackHealth7c_DIGITAL.pdf


  • 9 Jun 2021 10:14 AM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    IHA Health Equity Action Day

    IHA’s inaugural Health Equity Action Day will celebrate hospital and health system efforts to reduce health disparities and offer new insights for the journey ahead to achieve health equity.

    Health Equity Action Day


    Health Equity Action Day is June 18, the day before Juneteenth. The day will start with virtual educational programming from 9-11 am, followed by organizational activities for leaders and staff to work on together.

    The day offers opportunities to:

    • Hear from thoughts leaders in the field
    • Take concrete action to advance health equity

    In support of the event, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a proclamation declaring June 18 as the Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s Health Equity Action Day.

    See brochure.

    Free virtual event. Register here.



  • 1 Jun 2021 10:20 AM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    National Forum on Practical Case Studies and Solutions for Advancing Health Equity 

    Virtual Online video live and archived 

    June 7-10, 2021  Free 

    For more details and to register  Registration - Health Equity Summit


  • 4 May 2021 8:55 AM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    The Institute of Medicine of Chicago is accepting award nominations to honor outstanding individuals in healthcare, public service, and population health.  The awards will be presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting on June 25, 2021.  

    Deadline for Entries May 27, 2021 



    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.

     Download The Henry P. Russe MD Citation Award Nomination Form here. 

    The IOMC Award for Public Service

    Presented to a Chicago, Cook and Collar counties area healthcare professional who has a longstanding history of highly valuable public service on a voluntary basis.  Such service should have enhanced the health of residents of the Chicago, Cook and Collar counties area.  The healthcare professional need not be a Fellow of the IOMC.

    The IOMC Humanitarian Global Health Award

    Presented to a Chicago, Cook and Collar counties area individual or organization that has provided voluntary, longstanding, and international humanitarian health service(s).  The recipient need not be a Fellow or affiliated with the IOMC.

    The Portes/IOMC Award for Excellence in Prevention of Disease

    Awarded periodically to an individual in the Illinois region who has shown excellence in health promotion and disease prevention by their contributions in the area of prevention of disease, and the remediation of disability and human suffering.  The individual need not be a Fellow of the IOMC.

    Innovation in Health Care/Health Care Delivery

    The Innovations in Health Care/Health Care Delivery Award recognizes an individual or organization that has implemented an approach, strategy or improvement in health care or health care delivery that enhances patient care, equity and/or improves outcomes.  The healthcare professional need not be a Fellow of the IOMC.

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Lifetime Achievement Award is a rare recognition provided by the Institute to an individual whose contributions, meaning and significance to the Institute cannot be expressed in any other way.  Acknowledges an individual and a career as a healthcare leader and abiding commitment to the welfare of patients and health of the citizens of Chicago, Cook, Collar Counties and the State of Illinois.

    Download the Awards Nomination Form here. 

    All entries must be submitted no later than May 27, 2021 at instituteofmedicinechicago@gmail.com.

    Questions? Contact IOMC by email at iomcstaff@iomc.org or by telephone at 312. 709.2685. 


  • 28 Apr 2021 5:51 PM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    Pritzker signs Black Caucus' healthcare bill today (Health News Illinois 4.28.2021)

    The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ sweeping healthcare omnibus is now law after being signed Monday by Gov. JB Pritzker.

    Read in full here: https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=158&GAID=16&GA=102&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=127994&SessionID=110

    “This legislation advances a key belief of mine that I know is shared by everyone standing here, and millions of residents across Illinois: Healthcare is a right, not a privilege,” Pritzker said at the bill signing at Memorial Health System’s Center for Learning Innovation in Springfield. “But for too long, too many Illinoisans have been denied that right, whether through healthcare deserts, inexcusable delays in Medicaid applications, through lack of access, through high premiums, through doctors untrained to recognize symptoms on Black skin.”

    The plan requires the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to defer action on any pending application to close a hospital for up to 60 days after the law goes into effect.

    It also provides a $50 million annual funding pool for safety-net hospitals that maintain perinatal designation from the Department of Public Health, with funds set to preserve or enhance OB-GYN services or other specialty services.

    The law also creates two commissions at the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, one to evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s managed care program and another to develop a program to support and grow minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

    Other provisions include the creation of a program to certify and train community health workers, the creation of a Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois to address the shortage of workers in that industry and the creation of a Medicaid Technical Assistance Center, which would operate as a “cross-system educational resource to strengthen the business infrastructure” of the state’s healthcare providers to ultimately increase the capacity, access, health equity and quality of Illinois’ Medicaid program.

    It also adds enhanced dementia training requirements.

    “The systems that bind and neglect people of color must be addressed, and grasped at the root, creating equity through investment,” said Senate sponsor Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago. “The measures in this package reshape our state’s healthcare, leading with diversity, inclusion and justice at the center.”

    The healthcare omnibus is the fourth and final of the Black caucus’ legislative “pillars” to be signed by Pritzker.

    "The (law) will improve the quality of healthcare, ensure dignity for our seniors as they age, increase the availability of mental health services, improve hospital access and combat medical racism and implicit bias in order build trust between Black, Brown and poor communities and healthcare providers,” said House sponsor Camille Lilly, D-Chicago.

    At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted health disparities in Black and Brown neighborhoods, Memorial Health System CEO Ed Curtis said the new law will tackle those issues head on.

    “I want you to know this is a transformative piece of legislation that's going to benefit all because we're not here to provide patient-centered care to those that are privileged,” he said. “We want it to be for everybody, every time.”

    The Illinois House Republican Caucus criticized the bill's signing, echoing previous concerns the plan would cost billions the state does not have.

    Pritzker told reporters that the cost was reasonable and noted that many of the law's provisions are subject to state appropriation.

    "We're gonna work very hard to try to implement the provisions of this law," he said. "It will take us some time and effort. I'll be working together with the legislators to make sure that that happens."


  • 22 Mar 2021 8:30 AM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    Over half of Chicago parents say they find it difficult to balance work and family responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey published by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. This news was highlighted by Health News Illinois on March 2nd, 2021.

    Fifty-five percent of parents said they found the balance difficult, while 58 percent of parents said they worry about child and family issues while they are working.

    Dr. Matthew Davis, chair of the Department of Medicine at Lurie Children's, said working from home and virtual learning has added health and social stresses for many parents in the city and across the country.

    "As pediatricians, it's important to reassure parents that they are not alone in feeling this stress, and we try to problem-solve together," he said. 

    The survey was conducted with over 1,500 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago between May-July 2020 (Survey Wave 1) and November 2020-February 2021 (Survey Wave 2).

    Attend the March 26th virtual program for more information. For more info on the survey findings and other reports: Visit this page


  • 19 Mar 2021 2:29 PM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    Chicago has experienced high case rates of COVID-19, and parents in Chicago have high levels of concern about COVID-19 affecting their families' health. In this report, we explore parents' intentions to get a COVID-19 vaccine for their children if a vaccine becomes available. Read more about How Likely are Parents to Vaccinate Children Against COVID-19? | Lurie Children's

    Check our the upcoming program on this topic here


  • 22 Feb 2021 4:01 PM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

    There are myriad ways for the healthcare industry to better address racism and inequities, officials said last Friday.

    Plenty of reports have noted the need to address disparities, but the healthcare industry has overall “failed to act,” said Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness Center CEO Raul Garza, who moderated a panel hosted by the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.

    “The racial and ethnic disparities that we’ve seen so clearly over the past year, and made clear by the COVID-19 pandemic, really show the disproportionality and the impact of the pandemic on communities of color,” Garza said. “And this, I believe, is a direct result of the pre-pandemic realities that are really driven by this legacy of structural discrimination that has limited access to health and wealth for people of color.” See the full article here. 

    This article first appeared in the Health News Illinois daily email newsletter. 


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