December Newsletter | 12.23.2020
HC3 Members and Partners:
What an extraordinary year this has been. I am so incredibly grateful to our HC3 leaders and stakeholders that are out there making a difference in our local communities every day.
I hope that over these next few weeks, each of you can take a moment to unwind and recharge as we enter a new year of possibilities.
Wishing you all the best for a healthy and happy new year.
Warmly, Meghan Phillipp
Health Care Council of Chicago
In December, HC3 continued our Transformation Series with two conversations around the State of the State. These events featured leadership from the national and local levels addressing improvements to the quality and cost of care, as well as promoting optimal health and well-being in our local communities. If you missed them you can read the recaps and watch the webinars on our website.
State of the State
Cost Drivers featuring Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, Dean of the Brown School of Public Health and Professor of Health Services and Practice Watch the Webinar | Read the Recap Building a Healthier Chicago featuring Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health Watch the Webinar | Read the Recap
HC3 Members and Partners
AbbVie donated $8 million to The University of Chicago Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative to address health disparities on the city’s south side. The funds will help expand its number of community health workers and build the capacity of community partner organizations with annual grants of $250,000. (Press release here)
Sinai Health System announced earlier this month it will rebrand as Sinai Chicago . to help distinguish it from other, unrelated health systems across North America with the “Sinai” name. The health system will launch a branding initiative over the next year to reflect the new name in its signage, communications, and other materials. (Article here)
NowPow has partnered with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to strengthen its local digital infrastructure and extend the department's contact tracing reach. In addition to using NowPow's platform to understand which resources a quarantined individual may need and connecting them to supportive services, CDPH has also tapped NowPow to back its ongoing maternal-child and HIV programs. It plans to expand the service to the department's mental health program as well. (Article here)
Radiology Partners Associate Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Heller, presented at RSNA 2020 as part of a Special Interest Session on health disparities. Dr. Heller affirmed the notion that a person’s zip code is a better predictor of health than their genetic code. (Article here)
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine to people is one challenge, but getting them to take it is another. During 4Sight Health's most recent 4Sight Friday Roundup podcast episode, David Burda interviewed David Johnson and Julie Vaughan Murchinson about these challenges and other recent market highlights. (Listen to the podcast here)
The vaccine is here, but it will be critical to effectively and strategically communicate and reach our most vulnerable populations. Jarrard, Phillips, Cate & Hancock has rolled out a COVID-19 Vaccine & Communication Roadmap to help medical professionals prepare for what's to come. (Resources here)
MATTER and Livongo Health will host the second installment of their new series, Insights on Innovation for Self-insured Employers on January 12. This discussion will address how employers assess the impact of digital solutions offered to their employees, the strategies they use to keep members informed of new solutions available to them and how to grow employee engagement. (Register to attend here)