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Press Release: The Health Care Council of Chicago hosts first in-person forum since 2020 celebrating

Chicago, IL, February 9, 2022 – The Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3), a member-led organization creating uncommon alignment to improve the health and vitality of Chicago, has launched a new series series of equity-driven conversations around the role of women in health care. The series will explore the implications of women in health care and solutions to make leadership opportunities more equitable.

Women face gender bias and societal pressures that make it more difficult to be in leadership positions, and they often have to think, look, and act differently to overcome them. The COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced the glass ceiling, exposing the inequitable job opportunities and tremendous responsibilities women shoulder at home and in the workplace.

“There were only five women at the helm of 50 of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the U.S. in 2018, which is striking because women make up three-quarters of the health care workforce,” Meghan Phillipp, Executive Director of HC3 shared. “Hosting this series is an important opportunity for us to provide a platform and opportunity to elevate and champion some incredible women that are addressing issues that matter, challenging the status-quo, and making Chicago a healthier and better community.”

On March 8, International Women’s Day, HC3 will host a “Role of Women in Health Care Series” featuring inspiring women in the health care industry sharing their career journeys, opportunities to support more women in leadership, and how we can collectively create more equitable pathways for women to have a voice in providing access to health care. The in-person event will be held at the MidAmerica Club of Chicago from 7:30am-10am.

Keynote Speaker: Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH, Principal and Director of Life Sciences at Sterling Bay

Panel Discussion Featuring:

Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

Susan R. Bailey, MD, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association

Ngozi Ezike, MD, MPH, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health

Moderated by: Laurie McGraw, Senior Vice President, American Medical Association and Host, Inspiring Women With Laurie McGraw Podcast

Individuals can register to attend this forum in-person or virtually:

Contact Meghan@HC3.heath for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Highlights from the series’ virtual discussions thus far are accessible here.

About The Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3)

The Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3) is Chicago’s nationally recognized health care community in action. The organization harnesses the collective intelligence and resources of Chicago’s health care leaders to drive meaningful change and positively influence the conditions that impact the health of the area’s communities. The Health Care Council of Chicago is an initiative managed by Third Horizon Strategies. Visit for more information.


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