A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

Last week, I addressed the City Club of Chicago to discuss all of the great things that are happening throughout the IMD. My speech included updates on several planned and ongoing initiatives, such as the Cook County redevelopment, ChiCAT and the CTA Blue Line renovation. I want to thank all of our IMD partners who reached out, provided information for the presentation or attended the event. Your support is essential as we move forward with transforming the IMD into a world class health innovation district. You can view a video of the speech here.

In last month’s newsletter, I announced that a small groundbreaking ceremony would take place at the Gateway development site on September 16. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the event was postponed. We understand the importance of the Gateway as an economic catalyst for the IMD, and I want to assure you that it is our top priority. Planning for the ceremony is ongoing, and we will update you when more details become available. In the meantime, please visit the new Gateway website for more information about the development, including project details and site renderings.


Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  

CCAC Guys’ and Gals’ Night Out


Join hundreds of men and women for the 9th annual Guys’ & Gals’ Night Out for the Kids on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Kaiser Tiger. Guests will enjoy an open bar stocked with beer and Diageo spirits, a hearty buffet of bacon- and sausage-focused fare (with veg-friendly options), and a silent auction featuring a Harley-Davison and more. $25 from each ticket sold supports Chicago CAC’s Growing & Giving campaign. Additional proceeds from the event help sustain Chicago CAC’s core operations to help children and families heal from sexual abuse. To purchase a ticket for the event, click here.

Event Re-cap: The Healing of the Black Body


On Wednesday, September 14th, the IMD partnered with the Metro Board of the Chicago Urban League and the Chicago Red Cross for a discussion about wellness and health disparities in the African American community. We’d like to especially thank Chicago Red Cross Chicago CEO Celena Roldan and her staff for providing space for the event, as well as the welcome address. You can check out additional photos and videos of the event online.


Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross

Every two minutes, someone needs blood. The Chicago Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at its chapter office on Thursday, September 29th, from 10am – 3 pm.

That’s just around the corner! Join us and give the gift of life, as every blood donation has the potential to save three lives. Walk-ins will be welcome, but individuals are strongly urged to make an appointment in advance. Plus, on the day of the drive, they can log on to the Rapid Pass system to enter their health history, and save time on their appointment.

Drive Details

Site: American Red Cross Chicago Chapter
Address: 2200 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL, 60612
Room Name: 131 & 132
Date: Thursday, Sep 29, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Coordinator Name: Dana Clemmans

ACRP Event: Understanding PCORI


The Chicago Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research (ACRP) will host an event on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erie Street Café, located at 536 W. Erie Street. Guests will enjoy dinner, networking and an educational session with a presentation about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

PCORI is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, whose goal is to help determine which of the many healthcare options available to patients work best in particular circumstances and to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers and policy makers make informed health decisions. The cost to attend the event is $10 for chapter members and $20 for non-members. To register for the event, click here.

Mindstrong Program


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 planning
                • 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.

    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 Agency 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 tri-state 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. The cost of attendance is $30 through September 30, 2016 and $45 after. To register, click here.


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