HC3 Members and Partners: Over the past few weeks, we have all witnessed and perhaps personally experienced moments of grief, confusion, and outrage. As our community continues to cope with the recent string of blatant injustices, compacting the already disproportionate impact that COVID-19 placed on communities of color, we are proactively seeking ways for HC3 to support initiatives and priorities that will yield the changes required to rebuild our city. I firmly believe that by collectively creating inclusive and equitable solutions, we will be able to positively influence the conditions that impact the health of our communities. Your opinions and ideas matter. The insights of each of our members and partners are what strengthens the organization as a whole. As we continue to lay the groundwork and develop ways to respond, I encourage you to share your thoughts, resources, and stories with me by replying to this email (Meghan@HC3.health.). I will regularly incorporate all feedback into a catalogue of ideas for future conversations. I am confident that through our collective efforts, we will identify initiatives that support an appropriate and timely approach to addressing these issues and creating lasting changes so the events of the past are not carried into the future.
HC3 stands for healthier communities.
Meghan Phillipp Executive Director Health Care Council of Chicago
UPCOMING HC3 EVENT Join us virtually on June 23rd as we discuss Chicago’s disaster preparedness. In this conversation our panel of experts will discuss actions local health systems took to address the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how they are preparing for additional waves of the Coronavirus. Learn more and register to participate here.
INSIGHTS FROM HC3 MEMBERS & PARTNERS As the COVID-19 storm intensifies, SDoH solutions that decrease overall care costs and improve health outcomes are imperative. A keen understanding of local markets is critical in selecting the right solutions. 4SightHealth published a report highlighting scalable solutions, including Oak Street Health’s model serving Medicare and Medicaid populations. (Read the report here) As states begin to open up and employees return to the workplace, employers need to put plans in place to keep everyone safe and healthy, Advocate Aurora shares some American Dental Association Health Policy Institute hosted a discussion with leaders in health policy and public health to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted public health dentistry. The conversation touches on a wide variety of issues impacting dental practices in public health settings, including patient volumes and staff payment, the role of teledentistry in providing greater access to care, connecting oral health and overall health services, and the challenges dental professionals are currently facing because of COVID-19. (Watch the webinar here) On Wednesday, June 24th, AllianceChicago and Health Choice Network will be hosting “The New Normal” as part of their ongoing In Action: COVID-19 Webinar Series. During this session, they will discuss protocols for health center staff returning to work, patient rules for returning to health centers, and patient guidelines for returning to work. (Register to attend here) Edelman published theTrust Barometer Special Report: Brands and Racial Justice in America. The report underscores that brands must make dramatic changes to the way they operate and communicate on racism and inequality. (Read the report) Health & Medicine Policy Research Group published a white paper on the important role that community health workers can play in accelerating Illinois’s ability to rebuild and strengthen our public health system and the health of all in the state. (Read the report here) Jordan Powell, President and CEO of Illinois Primary Healthcare Association, was featured on a Becker’s Healthcare podcast. Powell discusses how his department was able to get in front of COVID-19 and his top three priorities related to the pandemic. (Listen to the podcast here) Leavitt Partners partnered with the CDC, CDC Foundation, RILA, and NRF to share a new framework on how to create risk mitigation strategies around specific descriptors. (Read the report here) On June 22, Ziegler will host a webinar to help schools navigate facilities options in a post-COVID-19 world. Join the experts at Colliers, Waltz, and Ziegler for an informative panel discussion addressing: What opportunities will the COVID-19 pandemic present from a real estate market standpoint? Will distance learning be a part of future curriculum? If so, how will real estate plans and school construction design be impacted? What do construction costs and project timing look like? Has the COVID-19 crisis impacted my ability to obtain financing for my Project? What options are available? (Register here)