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Sanctuary Healthcare for All: Protecting the Rights of Immigrants and Marginalized People

Date: Saturday February 3rd 2018
Location: 2229 S Halsted St., Chicago
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration: $15.00 (Fee waivers available; email Marilyn Bingham at

The Public Health Woke Coalition--of which Health and Medicine is a member--will host a regional conference on February 3rd, with the goal of providing the tools and networking opportunities for advancing the safety, protection, and sanctuary healthcare for marginalized groups of people within the healthcare setting. The conference will focus on both health and legal issues faced in caring for immigrant and marginalized groups.

The recent New England Journal of Medicine article by David Williams & Morgan Medlock documented the pervasive and negative effects impacting the mental and physical health of marginalized communities as a result of the 2016 presidential election. They issued a call for the health care community to respond to the “postelection side effects” with advocacy, education, strengthening of community partnerships, and changes in their clinical practice. Public Health Woke is moving to address those recommendations. Click here to view the draft agenda.

Target Audience
Staff from community health centers, hospitals, and other health agencies, legal agencies and leaders in community based organizations who are willing to:  1) train colleagues; 2) work to change institutional culture; and 3) address policies and procedures with the goal of supporting and protecting families and patients in marginalized groups.

Public Health Woke has carried our a survey, Surveying the Impact of Recent Policy & Practices on Immigrant & Marginalized Groups' Health. The survey targeted individuals who work at safety net organizations within Cook County, and surrounding counties, to collect data on the impacts of the recent changes in immigration and refugee policy and enforcement on our clients. A preview of the survey is available here and results will be shared at the event.

Additional Event Information
  • The Public Health Woke Coalition includes:
    • Collaborative for Health Equity, Cook County
    • Commissioner Jesús García 7th District Cook County Health Task Force
    • Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
    • UIC School of Public Health, Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice
    • Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center
  • Listing of conference sponsors currently in formation. Click here for sponsorship information. Thank you to our early sponsors:
    • Project Brotherhood
    • Young Public Health Professionals
  • We do not want cost to be a barrier for any participants. Fee waivers are available upon request; simply email email Marilyn Bingham at
  • Contact Health & Medicine at 312-372-4292 or Susan Avila RN MPH at 773-960-5961 or email: with any requests or questions regarding this forum.