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The path we hope the CCHHS Board will take...

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
August 17, 2009

The CookCounty Health and Hospitals System is at a crossroads right now.  Thestrategic planning process now underway will chart a course for the comingyears: will the decision be made to simply be a tertiary care institution andleave primary care to the FQHCs?  Will the decision be made tocomprehensively address the health care needs of the poor only in Cook County? Or, will the System’s board embrace this opportunity to create anintegrated system of comprehensive care, teaching and research, across northernIllinois,joining with the surrounding counties who already use many of the services ofthe Cook County System?

Health & Medicine hopes the lastchoice will be the path chosen. We intend to have our voice heard at thetown hall meetings coming up this week and next and hope you’ll let your voicebe heard too. (Meetings begin at 6pm and are on August 21, 2009, at TrumanCollege, 1145 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago; and on August 24, 2009 at the Math andScience Academy, 8601 West Roosevelt Road, Forest Park.)