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National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month

On behalf of the Cook County Health System, we recognize April as National Donate Life Month. We applaud Secretary Jesse White’s leadership on organ donation. Today is about partnership between the health system, the Secretary White’s office and the community…. [Read More]


System CEO Dr. Ram Raju talks about the importance of organ and tissue donation with Secretary of State Jesse White and Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele among assembled speakers

Urging Residents to Become Organ Donors

CHICAGO – Cook County Health System Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ram Raju and Secretary of State Jesse White urged all Cook County residents to join the effort of Organ/Tissue Donor Registry. Currently, there are more than 5.2 million people registered… [Read More]


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April is National Minority Health Month

In April, National Minority Health Month is commemorated by raising awareness about health disparities that persist, affecting racial and ethnic minorities. Health Disparities are the differences in rates of disease, health outcomes and access to healthcare found between different groups… [Read More]


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CCH CORE Center Announces Grant for Project CONNECT

CHICAGO – The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center announces that Project CONNECT was refunded by The Chicago Community Trust (CCT) under its Improving Access to Care initiative.   Project CONNECT transitions HIV positive patients to outpatient care services at the CORE… [Read More]


Crain checks in with County on CountyCare

County pushes Medicaid program enrollment The Illinois Department of Human Services has approved about 2,200 applications so far for CountyCare, the new Medicaid program launched by the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. The county is submitting up to 300… [Read More]


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Cook County hospital tax funding drops by $100 million

A sharp reduction in spending at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System helped drive down the taxpayer subsidy in fiscal 2012 by nearly $100 million, to roughly $287 million, according to a Crain’s estimate. Spending fell in part due… [Read More]


Modern Healthcare

Cook County CEO urges action against healthcare disparities

The head of the nation’s third-largest public healthcare system is calling on hospital leaders to aggressively promote inclusion and to reduce healthcare disparities, particularly among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patient populations. In a speech delivered before a packed ballroom… [Read More]


Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, contributing to the increasing prevalence and costs of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke felt in communities all across the nation. The Food and Drug Administration recently revamped its food guidelines, focusing… [Read More]


Social Work Month

March is National Social Work Month

March is National Social Work Month and the 2013 theme is: “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work.” Our health system social workers are often ‘behind the scenes’, working diligently to strengthen the social and medical… [Read More]


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Cook County Calls for Health by Raising Cigarette Tax

  President Preckwinkle Highlights Public Health Benefits Of Cigarette Tax Increase will generate more than $25 million and save residents from premature smoking-caused death   Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined today by Dr. Raju and other health professionals… [Read More]