HC3 Members and Partners: This Memorial Day weekend is not only a national holiday to honor our fallen heroes in the military service, but also the unofficial start of the summer season. Although we cannot gather together with our families and neighbors for outdoor activities and barbeques in close proximity, our sustained adherence to public health directives will continue to improve outcomes in our communities and support the efforts of our front-line colleagues to combat COVID-19. As we establish careful steps towards reopening our local economy, HC3 remains dedicated to promoting conversations and opportunities that will shape the future of our health care system. In June, we will launch a series of virtual events to examine the challenges we have faced across the industry during this pandemic and discuss a path to better health. I am also pleased to announce that next month HC3 will be launching a weekly newsletter capturing a collection of pertinent city, county, state, and national news exclusively for HC3 members only. Stay tuned for event updates in the next few weeks. And in the meantime, if you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to reach out anytime.
Meghan Phillipp Executive Director Health Care Council of Chicago
INSIGHTS FROM HC3 MEMBERS & PARTNERS 4Sight Health published a report addressing the financial pressures inflicted on health systems due to COVID-19 and strategies for minimizing the pressures. It explains how the pandemic is accelerating the movement to value-based business practices, explores how enlightened health systems can simultaneously manage the shorter - and longer-term strategic and competitive challenges rising from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Article here) Metopio Professor Sage Kim, PhD of University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public released a Social Vulnerability Index to take a closer look at the impact of COVID-19 through Metopio's analytics platform. The CDC publishes its own SVI but Dr. Kim took it a step further, developing this enhanced index for Illinois. The difference between the two is her index allows users to separately examine the percent of African Americans, Whites, and Latinx to estimate the independent effects of race/ethnicity. (Index here) NowPow released the first in a series of interactive COVID-19 Maps to track how community resource availability is changing over time by ZIP code. These COVID-19 maps visualize data collected on more than 3,900 food-related services in the nation’s hardest hit areas. All data within the Maps are sourced from NowPow’s internal database, and do not account for the increased capacity of existing resources. Additional information will be added daily as services continue to change throughout the COVID-19 crisis. (Map here) Ziegler has published a report that spotlights the need for and benefits of technology and tech-enabled healthcare solutions as tools to provide better access to mental and behavioral health care where no or limited access existed before. (Report here) COVID-19 Local Resource Index Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Coronavirus Response Center (Link to resource center) Health Orders (Link to updates) Latest Data (Link to updates) City of Chicago Health Care Workers and First Responders COVID-19 Response Center (Link to resource center) Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) COVID-19 Response (Link to updates) Illinois Department of Health and Human Services (IDHS) Corona Virus Information (Link to updates)