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Health & Medicine Supports Efforts of Local Foundations to Fund West Suburban CHWs

January 29, 2019

On January 22nd, Community Memorial Foundation and Healthy Communities Foundation announced that they jointly invested $535,000 in a pilot program to engage a community health worker (CHW) network in the Western Suburbs. Funding will be used to support Community Health Workers at Aging Care Connections, Alivio Medical Center, BEDS Plus, Healthcare Alternative Systems, and Mujeres Latinas en Acción. Health and Medicine will coordinate the program which will be evaluated by the Chicago-based Sinai Urban Health Institute.

Health & Medicine and CHECookCounty Release Statement Urging Cook County Board of Commissioners to Fully Investigate the County’s Gang Database

January 25, 2019

On January 23, Health & Medicine and the Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County released a statement to the Cook County Board of Commissioners in support of passage of Item #19-0687 An Ordinance to regulate and develop a long-term plan for the use of any Regional Gang Intelligence Database (RGID) and affiliated data. The so-called gang database contains the names of 25,000 people suspected of being affiliated with more than 400 gangs and gang factions and has been criticized by civil liberties groups for having adverse effects on the lives of those listed even after they have left the gang life.

Board Member Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar Appears on Chicago Tonight to Discuss a New Program to Prevent Opioid Addiction

January 21, 2019

Last week, Health & Medicine Board Member Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar appeared on WTTW's Chicago Tonight to discuss a new Illinois program that aims to prevent opioid addiction by allowing patients to take a prescription for painkillers and use it for cannabis instead.