A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

I’ve been given a great opportunity to spread awareness about the IMD and all of the great work that is happening here. On September 21, 2016, I will address the City Club of Chicago, Illinois’ premier public affairs forum. During the course of my speech, I plan to discuss a few of the exciting initiatives taking place here in the IMD. I also plan to highlight some of our partners’ ongoing re-development and expansion projects.

I want to thank those of you who have provided content for us to include in the presentation. I look forward to the speech and the platform for sharing the important work being undertaken by the IMD and our partners. We’re moving closer each day toward achieving our shared vision for the IMD.

On a related note, I have an exciting update to share with you. On Friday, September 16, 2016 we will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Gateway Development at 2020 W. Ogden. This 9.5 acre mixed-use development has been in the works for some time, and we look forward to getting started on what will be a critical economic engine for the District and the surrounding communities. A small ceremony will take place on the site on the 16th. Please stay tuned for further updates as we finalize the event. We hope to see you there.


Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  

Alliance for Regional Development Quarterly Healthcare Conversation

The IMD is excited to partner with the Alliance for Regional Development and Barnes Thornburg to host a regional healthcare conversation. The event will take place on October 5. 2016 at the offices of the Chicago Metropolitan Alliance LogoAgency for Planning (CMAP) in the Willis Tower. The conversation will examine the state of Health, Cost, and Access to health care across the IL-IN-WI tristate region. It will feature a keynote introduction of the topic and three panels with differing themes:

1. The State of HEALTH of the people in our region, focusing on health outcomes affected by cost and innovation (or unaffected, as the case may be)
2. The State of ACCESS to healthcare in our region, focusing on the degree to which consumers are now insured, and the effect of co-pays and deductibles on access
3. The State of COST in our region, with the good timing in late September/early October of new rates on the state exchanges, and a discussion of those exchanges in each state

Panelists for the event include:

Alejandra Garza, AGG Consulting
Dr. Jay Bhatt, American Hospital Association, Health Research and Educational Trust
Mark Rust, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Luvia Quinones, Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights

...And More.

Seating for the event is limited. If you’d like to receive an invitation to the event, please contact Shalora Jasper at sjasper@alliancerd.org or 312-602-5080.

Young and Ambitious Speaker Series: The Healing of the Black Body

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 the Metro Board of the Chicago Urban League will host a speaker series about personal health and wellness for young African American professionals. The event will take place at the Red Cross Chicago headquarters, located at 2200 W. Harrison Street.

Dr. Kameron Matthews: Mile Square Health Center

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Dr. Jamil Ab-dur Rahman: OB/GYN, Amazing Race
Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler: Northwestern Mental Health Professor
Dr. Thomas Fisher: Obamacare Architect, University of Chicago
Adrian Boscolo-Hightower: UIC M3, White Coats for Black Lives

Doors will open at 6 PM for a networking session, followed by the panel discussion at 6:30. A short Q/A will take place after the panel discussion. Seating for the event is limited. Special thanks to Darrin Utynek and the Chicago Red Cross for donating the event space. To register, click here.

Red Cross Louisiana Flood Response

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American Red Cross workers continue to work around the clock in flood ravaged communities of Louisiana to provide shelter, meals, comfort and support services for people who have suffered great losses due to the devastation. Since the floodwaters destroyed and damaged thousands of homes, together with local, state and national partners, the Red Cross has:

• Provided more than 47,700 overnight shelter stays;
• Distributed more than 126,000 relief items;
• Served nearly 356,500 meals and snacks;
• Handled more than 17,000 calls from people seeking information and help.

The estimated cost of the relief effort could exceed $30 million. As of August 22, 2016, the Red Cross has received approximately $7.8 million in donations. If you’d like to donate, click here.

Mindstrong Program

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Thresholds has launched Mindstrong, a new treatment program in Chicago and DuPage County for young adults with Psychosis. Psychosis is a medical condition where changes in the brain affect a person’s experiences of the world. The Mindstrong program provides first episode treatment services, including but not limited to:

• Coordinated specialty care for first episode psychosis
• Rapid assessment and individualized care planning
• Family engagement and peer support
• School, work, and career development
• Community education on identifying early symptoms

The program is open to individuals between the ages of 15-30 who have experienced psychosis symptoms for the first time within the last 18 months, and whose symptoms are not caused by substance abuse. To learn more or to contact Mindstrong, click here.

New IMD Staff

Earlier this month, the IMD welcomed two new staff members. Their information is highlighted below for your awareness. Please feel free to reach out to our new or existing IMD staff at any time with questions, comments or requests.

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Nicole Vahl
Health & Sciences Program Manager

Jeanne Cotini
Staff Accountant



Rush Ranked Among Nation’s Best

For the second consecutive year, Rush University Medical Center is listed in US News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” issue. Rush was ranked among the best hospitals in nine different specialties. Additionally, Rush improved its spot in the rankings in eight of those specialties from last year. To read more about these achievements, click here.


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