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As an IMD partner or key constituent, you aren’t just part of the Illinois Medical District story, you—and those you serve—are the heart of it. Throughout 2016 we will share monthly updates on all that is taking place in the IMD and encourage U to be part of our story by emailing IMD&U@medicaldistrict.org with ideas and topics of interest.

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IMD&U February 2016

A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

As we approach the deadline for the 2016 healthcare marketplace open enrollment period, I want to share some helpful information for people who would like to sign up. The Affordable Care Act provides options for individuals, families and small businesses to ensure that everyone on a plan receives at least the minimum essential coverage. Those who are already insured can also choose to keep or change their plan during this open enrollment period. The Obamacare website offers additional information for dental and vision, short term enrollment, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as an FAQ section and resources for those who need help signing up.  

I also want to highlight the CountyCare program, which is provided through the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS). CountyCare is a no-cost Illinois managed health plan for individuals and families who qualify. It is accepted at over 130 health clinics and community hospitals and offers a wide range of services, such as emergency room visits, prescriptions, x-rays, substance abuse treatment and more. Public transportation service is also provided for members who need assistance commuting to get care. There are eligibility requirements, and a call center is open six days a week to provide assistance with enrollment. Individuals who have questions about eligibility or enrollment can call 312-864-8200 or toll free at 1-855-444-1661. The call center is open 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday, and 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.  

As we strive to fulfill our mission to be leaders in healthcare, it is important to stay dedicated to helping those in need. Please share this information with staff, clients and in your community so we can ensure that everyone is connected to the resources they need to live healthy and well.  

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH


Staff Changes at IMDC

In an effort to continue our mission of bringing partners together to achieve common goals and initiatives, we made several recent changes to our staff. These changes are highlighted below for your awareness. Please feel free to reach out to our new or existing IMDC staff at any time with questions, comments or requests.

 

KateSchellinger RyanGage KarenEwing

Kate Schellinger, MPH
Chief of Staff 
kschellinger@medicaldistrict.org
312-738-5836

Ryan Gage
Director of Marketing and Communication 
rgage@medicaldistrict.org
312-738-5829

Karen Ewing
Executive Assistant 
kewing@medicaldistrict.org 
312-738-5833

 


Fran Edwardson Retires as CEO of American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois

Fran Edwardson ARC

Fran Edwardson retired in January as Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois after 11 years of service. Fran brought the out the best in those around her by challenging the status quo and raising the bar, motivating many to reach higher than they thought they could. Her leadership led to a revitalization of local Red Cross services and a safer and more resilient Northern Illinois. Those who worked with her learned from her example that change and hard work, when combined with a commitment to serving others, can help you grow to become the best version of yourself. Watch Fran's legacy of leadership here. Harley Jones, Regional Disaster Officer, is currently serving as interim CEO.

 

  


Malcolm X College Grand Opening

Malcolm X

Earlier this month, our neighbors at Malcolm X college debuted their brand new, state of the art School of Health Sciences, just ahead of the spring semester. The facility features a virtual hospital and is now home to the City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing. Malcolm X College is one of the largest providers of health sciences degrees in Cook County, offering associate degrees that help students transfer into bachelor's degree programs or directly into the workforce. The college also offers certificate programs, free adult education classes and special interest courses. You can read more about the event here.  For more photos of the event, visit the Malcolm X Facebook page.


 


Training Opportunity

CCAC

The Chicago Children's Advocacy Center is offering and sponsoring a training course on February 5, 2016. The course is titled "Trauma and children with disabilities: Creating a therapy tool box." Continuing education credit is available for Early Intervention Providers, social workers and counselors. A course outline is below.  To register, click here

 

 

Description

Providing trauma services to children with disabilities can be intimidating for many clinicians. This workshop will discuss the similarities and differences between trauma interventions for children with and without disabilities, identify some specific tools and strategies that can facilitate work with children with disabilities, and explore some of the auxiliary services that may support recovery.

Location

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
1240 S. Damen
Chicago, IL 60608

Date

2/5/2016

Time

10 AM-12 PM (Check-in at 9:45 AM)

Sponsor

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

Trainer

Susan Kahan, LPC

Contact

Karina Gil
312-492-3184
kgil@chicagocac.org

Principles

1. Support families
2. Quality Services

Credit

Hours

0.5 - Atypical Development 
1.0 - Intervention 
0.5 - Typical Development

Cost

$20

Status

Open

 


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IMD&U October 2015

A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

It is a pleasure to write to you as the new Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District Commission. I am especially pleased to join with you as a partner as we work to raise the profile of the IMD.   As you know, the Board of Commissioners named me to lead the IMDC in August and I assumed the role on September 21st. I have served various roles throughout my career, most recently as a Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, where I led the Bureau of Preparedness and Emergency Response and the Division of Women and Children’s Health.

I want you to know in my short time here that it is incredibly apparent that the IMD is a tremendous resource to the City of Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois. I’ll continue to learn about the impressive work of the District and the many partner organizations that reside here. It is already very clear to me that the IMDC and its partners are problem solvers seeking to address the needs of our communities and shape the future of the IMD through cutting edge patient care and medical research. I am sure that we can leverage our unique assets, diversity and illimitable ideas to continue to make the IMD an important driver of economic growth.

In the coming months, I hope to meet with you to learn more about your organizations and goals and how we can work together to understand how we can increase our impact on health care outcomes, research, real estate and other activities that can better position us a model for the nation and world. In the interim, please feel free to reach out to me to share any thoughts and ideas about the IMD.

Sincerely, 
Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH


Improving Oral Health

oral-healthThe University of Illinois at Chicago will develop and test an outreach program to reduce cavities in Chicago’s low-income and minority infants and toddlers under a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Community health workers will be trained to work with 1,500 families that have children between six-months and three years of age.

In Chicago, 63 percent of third graders have cavities and more than half of the cavities go untreated. “Improving oral health and access to care for children and families is something we are very excited to be a part of through this grant,” said Marcio da Fonseca, head of pediatric dentistry in the UIC College of Dentistry. Learn more.


Think Pink

ribbon-smOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Staying at a healthy weight, being physically active, and limiting how much alcohol you drink can help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Regular screening and early detection saves thousands of lives. Talk to your doctor today.


Exercise Can Boost Brains in Older Adults 

elderly-excerciseStaying physically active as you age could ward off brain damage that can limit mobility, according to a study conducted by Alzheimer’s disease researchers at Rush University Medical Center.  The study showed that older people who are physically active may be protecting themselves from the effects of small areas of brain damage that can affect their movement abilities. Learn more.


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 Guys Night out for the Kids

guys-nightSupport the Children’s Advocacy Center of Chicago by attending this annual event to be held Thursday, October 1st at Kaiser Tiger.

Fall 2015 Startup Series

starup-seriesEnterpriseWorks Chicago, PROPEL and Argonne National Laboratory have designed a series of presentations as an introduction to the legal, financial and business planning issues early stage innovators needs to know. Intellectual Property Basics – Monday, October 12th, 4-6pm. Register. Funding Basics – Monday, October 19th, 4-6pm. Register.

Responding to Abuse

chicagocacKnow the signs and speak up to protect children. Offered by the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, the three hour training on Tuesday, October 13th, will cover many topics including, how to define child abuse and child sexual abuse, behavioral indicators of abuse and mandated reporting. This program is ideal for any adult and CE hours are available for licensed social workers and counselors. Learn more and register here.

Your Travel will be Impacted

jane-byrneOn October 16th, lanes on westbound I-290 will be fully closed by 10 p.m. through Monday, October 18th at 5 a.m. due to continued construction on the Jane Byrne Interchange. Know Before You Go.

American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division

liver-foundationSaturday, October 24th, free event for healthcare providers, patients and the public. Event includes a keynote speech, breakfast, presentations about liver disease and free Hepatitis C and HIV screening. Earn 3 CME credits for healthcare professionals. Registration is required.

The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards

NurseLeadThe 18th Annual “The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards” will be held Friday, November 18th. Hosted by the UIC College of Nursing, this premier gathering celebrates the impact and achievements of Illinois nurse leaders. For more tickets and additional information, click here.


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IMD&U September 2015

IMDC Announces New Executive Director

McKinney 2015The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) announced on Wednesday, that Dr. Suzet McKinney will serve as the new Executive Director effective September 21, 2015. Amongst other responsibilities, Dr. McKinney will be charged with continuation of the 2012 strategic plan created with Illinois Medical District (IMD) stakeholders and the Boston Consulting Group which prioritizes the IMD’s key initiatives into four key “pillars.” These include the development of approximately 45 acres of land, fostering translational research, promoting community health, and managing and leveraging clinical data.

“Our executive search process was thorough and deliberate, we wanted to identify the best candidate and are confident that Suzet exemplifies the skills and leadership we need to propel the IMD to the next level,” said Jim Clewlow, Vice-President of the Illinois Medical District Commission. “Suzet has a firm understanding of the Commission’s goals and priorities and together – with the ongoing support of our IMD partners – we will succeed in transforming the IMD.”  Read More.


Rush To Acquire Part of Current Malcolm X College Location for Future Expansion

RushLogoRush will acquire seven of 11 acres at the current location of Malcolm X College (1900 W. Van Buren Street). While Rush has not yet determined specific plans for use of the site, it expects to focus on addressing the current and future needs of Rush University. Enrollment in the University’s four colleges has doubled over the last 10 years, reaching nearly 2,500 students. This new site also will allow for enhanced collaboration with Malcom X College. The close proximity to the college will enable both organizations to strengthen their four year partnership. Read more.


Forming a Company – Fall 2015 Startup Series

ArgonneLogoEnterpriseWorks Chicago, PROPEL, and Argonne National Laboratory present “Forming a Company” on Monday, Sept. 21 from 4-6 p.m. at the HTI (2242 W Harrison St, Suite 201, Chicago).  During this session, legal experts from Perkins Coie will present the various legal structures and introduce topics such as shareholder agreements, board of director structure and compensation. For more information and register click here.


Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Receives $11.6M Grant

EasterSealShadow2The Office of Head Start has awarded Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago with an $11.6M grant that will allow the organization to serve an additional 1,000 children with Head Start and Early Head Start Services from birth to five years old in the south and western suburbs of Cook County.

The goal of all Head Start programs is to promote school readiness in young children of all abilities from families with incomes below the poverty guidelines.  Our programs integrate social and intellectual development through the provision of education, health, family, nutrition and other services.


Ready Set Bike: The Get Active Ride for Health Equity

SlowRoll

Join your colleagues and neighbors for the IMD Ready Set Bike: Get Active Ride for Health Equity Sat., Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. at Mile Square (1220 S. Wood Street, Chicago). The ride will take it’s time rolling through the Illinois Medical District, University Village/Little Italy, Near North Side and West Lawndale. Please register at www.slowrollchicago.org

Don’t forget to protect your bicycle. Register it with the Chicago Police Department.


Julie + Michael Tracy Foundation

GrowingSolutions

JMTF is one of only eight organizations in the country to be awarded one of the Family Services Community Grants from Autism Speaks. Funding will support the vocational programming at the IMD Growing Solutions Farm which supports approximately 30 interns.


Know Before You Go - Jane Bryne Interchange

AlertTrafficA number of lane closures will continue to take place on the Jane Bryne Interchange throughout September. Detours will be posted, but public transportation is highly recommended.  For more information visit www.circleinterchange.org.


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iBIO Hosts BBQ at IMDC – Sept. 18

iBioJoin your friends, colleagues and neighbors from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the patio at the IMDC Administrative Offices at 2100 W. Harrison Street on Sept. 18. Registration is required.

 

Get LYFE!

JMTFEvery Tuesday this summer from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. LYFE Catering will be in the IMD serving up a delicious lunch. Sit at the urban farm run by the JMTF or take your lunch to go. 2201 W. Campbell Drive.

 

Celebrate VA Research with the Westside Institute for Science and Education (WISE)

WestsideNetwork with colleagues from the Jesse Brown VA,  IMD and CAPriCORN on September 24 at the IMDC. For more information contact Kevin Hull at kevin.hull@va.gov or register here.

 

iBIO iCON Awards Dinner

iBio ConJoin the iBIO Institute as they present the iCON Awards in honor of the accomplishments of outstanding innovators and leaders in the life sciences community. September 29.

 

Guys Night out for the Kids

chicagocacSupport the Children’s Advocacy Center of Chicago by attending this annual event on October 1 at Kaiser Tiger.

 

The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards

NurseLead18th Annual The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards Friday, November 18, 2015. Hosted by UIC College of Nursing.


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IMD&U August 2015

 

IMDC Welcomes New Commissioners

The IMDC is pleased to welcome three new Commissioners. Mr. George Bilicic (Lazard) was appointed by Governor Rauner, Ms. Alejandra “Alex” Garza (AGG Consulting) and Mr. Everett Rand (Midway Wholesalers, Inc.) were appointed by Mayor Emanuel. For all the latest news be sure to visit our website.


CAPriCORN Receives $8 Million for Phase II Funding

CAPriCORNThe Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN) has been approved for a three-year $8 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as part of the second phase of the development of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. 

This funding award continues PCORI’s support for CAPriCORN’s participation in PCORnet, a large, collaborative research initiative designed to link researchers, patient communities, clinicians, and health systems in productive research partnerships that leverage the power of large volumes of health data maintained by the partner networks. PCORnet will enable the nation to conduct clinical research more quickly and less expensively than is now possible and will ensure that research focuses on the questions and outcomes that matter most to patients and those who care for them. Read more.


The Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS): A Year in Review

NEW CCHHS LOGOThe Cook County Health & Hospitals System is in the midst of a transformative journey: continuing on with its historical mission of providing care to those most in need while adapting to an expanded role as a steward of population health and a Medicaid managed care health plan.

The system has achieved significant success in numerous arenas during the last 12 months thanks to the dedication and hard work of countless CCHHS clinicians, employees and partners and the aligned support of the CCHHS Board of Directors, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County commissioners, and legislators. This June CCHHS also recognized the one year anniversary of Dr. Jay Shannon’s tenure as CEO. The report provides a summary of achievements CCHHS attained between June 2014 and June 2015.


White Sox Slugger Jose Abreu Launces “Abreu’s Amigos” at Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago 

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Chicago White Sox hitter Jose Abreu launched "Abreu's Amigos" - a community program with the Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago (ESMC) Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research. Passionate about supporting children with special needs, Abreu built the program with ESMC to focus on providing regular opportunities for students with special needs to develop social skills in a recreational setting through field trips to the ballpark. Learn more


Come Taste LYFE

LYFE

Every Tuesday in the IMD, starting July 28, Lyfe Kitchen will serve up a delicious lunch in partnership with the young adults from Growing Solutions Farm. Lunch is offered from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. across from 2201 W. Campbell Park Drive.  See the Growing Solutions Farm, meet your colleagues and enjoy all LYFE has to offer.


Give Backpacks to Kids in Need

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Each fall the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center provides 300 clients and their siblings with backpacks stuffed with all the supplies they need for a successful school year. Please consider supporting their efforts through a donation or volunteering.

 


Give Backpacks to Kids in Need

Grill

Do you really have to wait a half hour after eating before going for a swim? Are suntans safe? Does grilled meat cause cancer?  Get answers to these questions and many more from Rush University Medical Center.

 


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Save These Dates!

 

Celebrate VA Research with the Westside Institute for Science and Education (WISE)

Network with colleagues from the Jesse Brown VA,  IMD and CAPriCORN on September 24 at the IMDC. For more information contact Kevin Hull at kevin.hull@va.gov.

iBIO iCON Awards Dinner

Join the iBIO Institute as they present the iCON Awards in honor of the accomplishments of outstanding innovators and leaders in the life sciences community. September 29.

Guys Night out for the Kids

Support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Chicago by attending this annual event on October 1 at Kaiser Tiger.

The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards

18th Annual The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards Friday, November 18, 2015. Hosted by UIC College of Nursing.


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