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Health & Medicine Presents on Bridge Model at Hospice & Palliative Care Symposium

Sep 17, 2014

On Friday September 19, Program Coordinator Bonnie Ewald will present at the Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization annual symposium, “Navigating the Sea of Change.” As a member of Health & Medicine’s Long Term Care team, Ewald does work around the Bridge Model, a social work-based transitional care service model launched by Health & Medicine in collaboration with several partners.

At the conference, Ewald will present with Walter Rosenberg, a member of the Bridge program management team, on “Hospice and Transitional Care – Quality Improvement and Practice Intersects.” They will discuss how transitional care programs, and the Bridge Model specifically, can work with hospice organizations to best support clients and their families. They will also focus on methods used for quality improvement in Bridge programs and strategies that hospice organizations can use for their own program quality improvement. For more on the conference, click here. You can learn more about the Bridge Model of Transitional Care here.

Health & Medicine Announces Winners of the 2014 HMPRG Awards

Sep 04, 2014

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group has announced the recipients of the 2014 HMPRG Awards representing leaders in the fields of medicine, policy, public health, and advocacy. The nine 2014 honorees will be celebrated at an awards event on October 14, 2014 in Chicago.

Since their inception in 2006, the HMPRG Awards have recognized 28 individuals and organizations whose work exemplifies Health & Medicine’s mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care. The 2014 winners are:

Health: Jesus Ramirez-Valles, PhD, MPH, UIC School of Public Health
In his work as Director of the Community Health Sciences Program at UIC, Dr. Ramirez-Valles addresses health in the broadest sense piloting research projects on a variety of topics ranging from reproductive health to HIV prevention and economic development for women, youth, and gay male populations.

Daniel Swartzman, JD, MPH, Daniel Swartzman Consulting

A Professor Emeritus at UIC School of Public Health, Mr. Swartzman has positively impacted public health in the Chicago-land community and beyond as an award-winning teacher and mentor to thousands of graduate students in addition to being a thought-leader on ethics and public health management.

Raymond Curry, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
An academic and physician, Dr. Curry helped introduce comprehensive diversity and disability training into the Feinberg curricula, supporting the implementation of community-based solutions to reduce health disparities. In addition, his work as a teacher and mentor has helped mold many young doctors.

Leticia Boughton, Chicago Community Health Workers Local Network
Ms. Boughton’s policy leadership around Community Health Workers (CHWs) has included helping to advance CHW legislation in Illinois as well as leading efforts to pilot the first collaboratively-developed CHW curriculum in the state. Her work has helped highlight the critical role of this emerging workforce.

James W. Collins, Jr., MD, MPH, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Richard David, MD, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital  of Cook County
Neonatologists Drs. Collins and David have conducted groundbreaking epidemiological studies to explore the impact of race and racism on the health and well-being of women and infants, particularly in the United States.

Helping Her Live a program of the Sinai Urban Health Institute
Helping Her Live is a culturally appropriate breast cancer education and outreach program which serves low-income women who are African American and/or Latina and live in some of the poorest, most under-served areas of the City. Since 2010, this innovative program has helped over 2,000 women access care.

Emerging Leader:
Samuel Villasenor, Picture Good Health Program
A recent graduate in Health Administration, Mr. Villasenor has piloted a church-based diabetes program for Latino adults, developing curriculum and facilitating town hall meetings for the program. He currently volunteers his time to continue the project in Little Village, improving health in the community.

Youth Activist:
Emma Leff
A young leader in promoting health equity, Miss Leff has championed safer sex education for LGBTQ students, helping to fill a critical educational gap for this often marginalized population.

Read the full press release. Learn more about the awards event.

Call for Illinois CHW Advisory Board Nominations

Aug 07, 2014

On July 31st, surrounded by Community Health Workers (CHWs), providers, and advocates, Governor Pat Quinn signed CHW Legislation HB5412 taking an important step towards recognizing the vital work CHWs do throughout Illinois.

The act calls for the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish and appoint the Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board. Membership applications for the Advisory Board are now being accepted and you can view the application here.

The Board will develop recommendations for IDPH to develop a training and certification process for CHWs and will also advise IDPH, the Governor, and the General Assembly on all matters that impact the effective work of CHWs.

Health & Medicine is proud of our work drafting and garnering support for this legislation. We are grateful for the support of the many organizations, individuals, and CHWs who helped make these efforts a success. We encourage all of those interested in joining the Community Health Worker Advisory Board to complete an application and help support ongoing efforts in Illinois to highlight the vital work of Community Health Workers.

Governor Quinn Signs CHW Legislation HB5412

Jul 31, 2014

This morning Governor Pat Quinn signed Community Health Worker (CHW) Legislation, HB5412, formally recognizing the vital role CHWs play in promoting access to culturally-competent, high quality healthcare in communities throughout Illinois.

Health & Medicine, along with other key stakeholders, including the Chicago CHW Local Network, the Governor’s office, and the Illinois Department of Public Health, helped draft and garner support for this important legislation, the first of its kind in Illinois. The bill, which was sponsored by State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and by Senator David Koehler (D-Peoria), adopts the American Public Health Association’s definition of a CHW and establishes an advisory board to provide recommendations and consider essential core competencies.

“Community health workers are trusted frontline public health professionals who have a close understanding of their communities’ needs,” Governor Quinn said at the signing. “This new law recognizes the vital role these professionals play in the health care system, and helps ensure the best possible delivery and quality of services in neighborhoods across our state.”

Health & Medicine is proud of our role in drafting and advocating for this legislation championing the work of this important healthcare workforce.

Read more: Board Member Steve Rothschild, MD, considers what's next for CHWs.