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Chicago Schweitzer Spring 2015 Newsletter Now Online

Apr 21, 2015

Our latest Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Newsletter rounds up our recent Schweitzer activities including: 
  • How Fellow Josh Taylor’s “Noble Nine” project is cultivating leadership and idealism in Englewood youth
  • Information on our newest Fellows for Life seed grant recipients and their community health projects 
  • Pictures from our Fellows for Life Retreat which focused on self-care for caregivers
  • A recap of a recent symposium on the healthcare needs of the aging population hosted by our Fellows
  • Updates and photos from Fellows’ service projects and much, much more

We invite you check out the newsletter here and stay engaged and involved with this innovative service learning program. 

We’re also pleased to share pictures from our recent Celebration of Service event which recognized the accomplishments of our 2014-15 Fellows. You can view pictures from the event here on the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Flickr page.

Health & Medicine at the 2015 Aging in America Conference

Mar 30, 2015

Members of Health & Medicine’s Center for Long-Term Care Reform presented on the Bridge Model of transitional care and inequities in care transition at the America Society on Aging’s Aging in America Conference on March 23-27 in Chicago. The Conference brought together leaders in aging from around the nation to learn and grow their skills and knowledge in order to bring better services and products to the aging population.

Program Coordinator Bonnie Ewald presented on Hospital-Community Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges in the Post-ACA World at the eventThe ACA has opened the door for robust hospital-community collaboration and novel ways of integrating psychosocial elements into healthcare. Ewald’s presentation explored several contemporary care delivery and payment models that include social workers, post-acute providers and the aging network and summarized how the Bridge Model of transitional care has adapted to opportunities and challenges in the post-ACA environment.

Health & Medicine also co-sponsored a symposium at the Conference with a number of our Bridge partners on Potential and Strategies for Care Coordination in a "Post-Acute Care" World. The presentation highlighted trends and inequalities in hospital and post-acute care utilization patterns and the need for community investment to address this issue. To learn more, we invite you to read our recent paper, "Addressing Inequities in Care Transitions" and to visit the Bridge Model website

LGBTQ Book & Movie Drive For Juvenile Locked Facilities

Mar 26, 2015

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are over-represented in the Juvenile Justice System.  With few resources, Illinois Youth Centers, along with many Juvenile Detention Centers, are working with Health & Medicine’s Court-Involved Youth Project to find ways to support them through policy development, training, and interventions. 

You can help us to support these young people by donating to our LGBTQ Book and Movie Drive. With your help, we can make sure that youth have access to books and movies that reflect their identities.

You can support this book drive one of two ways:

  1. Visit our Amazon Wish List and purchase as many books and movies as you want to donate. These purchases will be shipped to us, where we can compile them and get them into each facility.
  2. Make a donation online by clicking here. When you make a donation, specify the program as “Court-Involved Youth Project,” and note “book drive” in the comment section.
Monetary donations will help us purchase two very important documentary films not available on Amazon. We also invite you to share this information and our book drive flier with your networks. Thank you for your support!

Health & Medicine in Crain's Chicago

Mar 17, 2015

An opinion piece co-authored by Health & Medicine's Executive Director Margie Schaps and Policy Analyst Wesley Epplin examining Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts to Illinois' Medicaid program was published in Crain's Chicago Business today. The article, "First, do no harm? Rauner's Medicaid budget an economic drain," explains how budget cuts will impact health care for vulnerable populations in Illinois and ultimately cost the state money: 

"In his budget proposal, Gov. Bruce Rauner recommended a $1.5 billion cut to Medicaid (the largest of the state medical programs that cover 22 percent of all Illinoisans, according to the noted analysis from Rob Paral).

For those counting, that's more than 1 in 5 Illinoisans covered by state medical programs. In the larger context of other harmful cuts to health and social services, the proposed Medicaid cuts are both irrational and shortsighted. If enacted, they would harm Illinoisans' health and negatively impact the bottom lines of the state and businesses."

Read the full article here.