February Newsletter | 02.02.2021

HC3 Members and Partners:


Over the past year, our communities and health systems have been challenged in ways that many of us never could have imagined. There’s no easy way to hit the reset button amid a pandemic or the social and political unrest that has plagued our nation. However, if 2020 has taught us anything, it is to embrace change. As I observe some of the activities that have transpired in the last month – seeing more of our frontline workers become vaccinated and inaugurating a new administration that prioritizes public health – I am optimistic that that we are headed in the right direction and that the lessons we learned will positively influence how we operate for a long time to come.


It’s a new year, and we have already begun to set new initiatives and activities that will advance our work to address our health care systems’ deficiencies and more proficiently and equitably serve our local communities. I am so proud to announce that we will be releasing our fourth annual 2020 State of Chicago Health Care white paperfor HC3’s first event of 2021. On February 9, a panel of experts will help us reflect on trends and challenges of 2020 and identify opportunities for change and innovation in 2021.


This past year was the second time I have had the opportunity to participate in the report’s development and content creation. I am truly humbled by the critical thinking and thoughtful considerations that my colleagues brought to our research and reporting, especially because of the delicate nature of ongoing social unrest and systemic failures that eclipsed 2020.


I continue to be inspired by and learn from so many HC3 members and partners. I am grateful to be in this role as we collaborate to effectuate meaningful change for a better and healthier Chicago. Your opinions and ideas are what inform our efforts. I would encourage you to reach out with any thoughts or feedback on our recent report or new ideas for partnerships or opportunities by emailing me at Meghan@HC3.com anytime.


Stay well,

Meghan Phillipp

Executive Director

Health Care Council of Chicago

2020 State of Chicago Health Care White Paper

The fourth annual State of Chicago Health Care report is now available. This report outlines key health-related events that transpired at the national, state, and city level offering insights into three main areas: economic development, system transformation, and health and social disparities.


Read the Report

HC3 Members and Partners

On February 3, Radiology Partners will be hosting The Future is Now – Women Leading Healthcare webinar. During this timely conversation - National Women Physicians Day is February 3, with 2021 marking the 200th birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the U.S. – panelists will discuss their journeys as female leaders in health care and offer important insights to create cultures of diversity, inclusion, and true belonging within teams and organizations. (Register to attend here)


On February 4, AllianceChicagoand Health Choice Network will host a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence webinar. The webinar will address the national perspective on vaccine confidence, understanding health center experience on vaccine workflows and rollout, as well as tactics to address vaccine confidence in patients and local communities. (Register to attend here)


On February 5, Illinois Partners for Human Services will host a joint advocacy event in collaboration with several associations and coalitions across Illinois to address legislators on specific priorities for investment in health and human services. Illinois Partners for Human Services collaborates across service area and sectors to demonstrate the essential work of health and human service providers in local communities. (Register to attend here)On February 12, Cigna is hosting an exclusive conversation Winning Together! for a look inside Sam Acho's successful career in the NFL and his impact in the community off the field. In honor of Black History Month, this discussion will also focus on the impact of social determinants of health on minority communities and Cigna is addressing these health inequities. (Register to attend here; RSVP required by February 10)On February 3, Radiology Partners will be hosting The Future is Now – Women Leading Healthcare webinar. During this timely conversation - National Women Physicians Day is February 3, with 2021 marking the 200th birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the U.S. – panelists will discuss their journeys as female leaders in health care and offer important insights to create cultures of diversity, inclusion, and true belonging within teams and organizations. (Register to attend here)


On February 4, AllianceChicagoand Health Choice Network will host a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence webinar. The webinar will address the national perspective on vaccine confidence, understanding health center experience on vaccine workflows and rollout, as well as tactics to address vaccine confidence in patients and local communities. (Register to attend here)


On February 5, Illinois Partners for Human Services will host a joint advocacy event in collaboration with several associations and coalitions across Illinois to address legislators on specific priorities for investment in health and human services. Illinois Partners for Human Services collaborates across service area and sectors to demonstrate the essential work of health and human service providers in local communities. (Register to attend here)


On February 19, as part of the Institute of Medicine Chicago's State of Health Chicago series will host Racial Inequity In Healthcare. This panel discussion will address socioeconomic factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other patient characteristics that impact health inequities and identify ways to mitigate them in your own practice or organization. (Register to attend here)