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Letter from the Cook County Health Interim CEO

Friday, September 25, 2020
Special to suffredin.org
by Interim CEO Debra D. Carey

Dear Cook County Health Friends and Partners,

For more than 180 years, Cook County Health’s mission has centered on the intersection of racial and health equity. Our staff has always been committed to the communities we serve and providing outstanding care to our patients. We have invested millions of dollars over the last several years to address social determinants of health.

From housing support to providing patients access to fresh food, CCH’s mission to elevate the health of Cook County is alive throughout the organization. CCH’s commitment to its mission is perhaps most clearly illustrated by our provision of more than 50 percent of the charity care in Cook County.

The events of 2020, in particular the impact that COVID-19 has had on minority populations, serve as a critical reminder that no matter how consistent our contribution has been to creating a more equitable environment, there is always more that can be done, even for an organization like CCH.

That is why I am proud to announce the Cook County Health Equity Initiative, which is a committee of internal stakeholders from across the health system who are committed to developing a comprehensive strategy with specific metrics and timelines to address health equity for patients, employees and the communities we serve. You can read more about the initiative and what the committee is working on in this month’s newsletter.

Finally, as the warm months of summer close and we start to move back indoors, remember to follow social distancing guidelines and continue to wear your mask. COVID-19 continues to hit minority populations particularly hard and it is on all of us to do our part to help slow the spread. Along with observing COVID-19 guidelines, this is also the time to start making plans to get a flu shot. More on the importance of the flu vaccination this year is in this newsletter.

And please, don’t forget that the deadline for completing your census is September 30.

Sincerely,



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