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Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

aka HMPRG   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.hmprg.org

Mission

The Health & Medicine Mission is to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care. We are an independent policy center that conducts research, educates and collaborates with other groups to advocate policies and impact health systems to improve the health status of all people.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Ms. Margie Schaps

Deputy Director

Gita Krishnaswamy

Main address

29 E Madison St Ste 602

Chicago, IL 60602 USA

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EIN

36-3143826

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (M05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (T05)

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Our programs

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Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Program

For 26 years, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program has provided a platform for graduate students to design and implement innovative projects that improve the health and well-being of under-resourced and marginalized populations throughout Chicago. In collaboration with existing Chicagoland organizations, fellows use a broad public health lens to improve well-being and target the social determinants of health. Not only do their projects promote positive change within Chicago communities, the practical on the ground experiences of the Fellows helps inform and shape Health & Medicine’s policy and systems work.

Population(s) Served

The Center for Long-Term Care Reform promotes equitable aging for all Illinoisans at every stage of life.

Population(s) Served

Our Center for Public Health Equity helps us find new opportunities to live our values by working with key agencies and officials to make health equity a shared value, combatting structural inequities, advocating for progressive public health policy reform, and providing training and technical assistance to grow the capacity of the public health system.

Population(s) Served

Health & Medicine’s Health Reform and Safety Net Transformation initiative works to advance equitable health care as a human right for all people through policy research and development, advocacy, and engaged discourse on complex challenges.

Population(s) Served

Health & Medicine is the lead convener of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, a group of multi-sectoral stakeholders committed to expanding the understanding of trauma and its impact on people’s lives. Through advocacy and mobilization efforts, we work to put the issues of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resilience on the forefront of the equity agenda in Illinois.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Incarcerated people
Victims and oppressed people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Incarcerated people
Victims and oppressed people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Incarcerated people
Victims and oppressed people

The Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC) works at the intersection of policy and practice to recruit, train, and retain a diverse health care workforce committed to under-resourced and marginalized populations.

Population(s) Served

Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who serve as trusted caregivers who are embedded in the communities they serve. Health & Medicine has a longstanding commitment to the CHW model, and we advocate at the state level and within health systems to strengthen the role and recognition of CHWs as integral members of the health care team.

Population(s) Served

Health & Medicine is the convener of the Public Health Workforce Collaborative, a collective of over 20 organizations working to build a unified, sustainable, and equitable public health workforce in the Chicagoland region. The Collaborative includes the region’s largest local health departments, public health research institutions, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and community-based organizations, bringing together leading public health employers to identify shared challenges and collectively identify pathways and leadership for future collaboration.

Population(s) Served

For over 30 years, Health & Medicine’s Birth Center Task Force has led the movement to establish and expand birth centers in Illinois. Birth centers provide an alternative space for pregnant people and their families to give birth outside of their home or a hospital following a normal, uncomplicated, and low-risk pregnancy. They offer cost-effective, high-quality prenatal care and obstetrical services along with other community health care services.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of independent organizations served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Organizations served by Schweitzer Fellows. Currently, we accept 28 Fellows, who each partner with organizations across the Chicago area to implement their service projects.

Number of referrals to resources offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Health Workers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of referrals made to community members in western suburbs of Chicago by Community Health Workers across five organizations.

Number of organizations signing onto policy guidelines or proposals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Center for Long-Term Care Reform

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Organizational sign-on supporters for Illinois Aging Together, Health & Medicine's campaign for aging equity, established in 2021.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Health & Medicine mission is to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care. We are an independent policy center that conducts research, educates the public, and collaborates with other groups to advance policies and impact health systems to improve the health status of all people.

Each year, Health & Medicine’s policy priorities shift to adjust to the most pressing public health equity issues that we feel we are best equipped to address, yet one thing remains constant: our commitment to align these priorities with our core values and mission of health equity through research, education, advocacy, and collaborative action. Our 2022 Policy Agenda was informed by our history and current work and continues to build on changes made in 2021 based on the impact of COVID-19 in Illinois and the light this pandemic shed on longstanding health inequities within the state.

We are committed to standing up for social justice and human rights, promoting health justice via policy change in aging and long-term care, health reform, health workforce, public health equity, and trauma-informed care and systems. Central to reducing and eliminating health inequities is speaking and acting up for human rights and against systems of oppression.

After careful consideration and review, our 2023 Policy Agenda will be published in early 2023.

Health & Medicine has spent 41 years advancing social justice and addressing health inequities, protecting and expanding health care access across Illinois by improving health care delivery systems, and shaping policies that address the structural and social determinants of health.

Health & Medicine understands the complexity of the public health challenges we face, and we know how to work for effective solutions. To this end, our various program areas focus on different strategies and agenda items, with a focus on progressive policy and transformational change.

Highlights of 2023 include the following:

Relaunching the Public Health Workforce Collaborative and taking ownership of the Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative, which work together to promote and strengthen health career pathways and opportunities, convening 32 Learning Collaboratives for Community Health Workers, their supervisors, and employers to support the ongoing growth and sustainability of that workforce
Supporting policies, programs, and systems rooted in health equity and social justice, such as cause for evictions and proactive rental housing inspections
Advancing our Illinois Aging Together campaign and making significant progress toward Illinois developing a Strategic Action Plan for Aging Equity
Demanding elected officials provide sufficient, flexible, and sustained public funding for state and local public health departments
Developing and passing legislation establishing a Task Force for a Healing-Centered Illinois led by Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton focused on making Illinois healing-centered and trauma-informed
Illinois Department of Public Health approving the Rules for Birth Center licensing with the active involvement of our Birth Center Task Force. We are proud that the establishment of birth centers has resulted in over 500 births at the four existing centers and the current development of four additional centers across Illinois.
Graduating 28 Fellows in our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Program

Health & Medicine is the longest-standing leading Chicago-area organization focused on health equity and social justice in health care, public health, and health policy. We hold government accountable for advancing health equity while partnering with government agencies and officials to bring about necessary change, policy, and planning. We partner with universities to complement our skills and give them opportunities to address real-time challenges. In the health equity ecosystem, Health & Medicine makes unique leadership contributions. As an early adopter, we translate research and ideas into actionable formats that later become common sense and practice. For example, Health & Medicine has ensured that the practice of health equity, the social determinants of health framework, and that trauma-informed and healing-centered frameworks are widely used inside and outside government locally and statewide. The Health & Medicine Forum for Justice in Health Policy brings together experts, researchers, practitioners, and directly affected communities to discuss health care and public health challenges, supporting knowledge sharing and collaboration. We offer unique, tailored capacity building and training on health topics to government and nonprofit partners. On policy, Health & Medicine is the long-time leading organization for both universal health care access and health equity more broadly. We safeguard the lynchpin of the local health care guarantor, Cook County Health. In our work, Health & Medicine joins and supports communities advocating for such issues as environmental justice, immigrant rights, and racial justice, and through organizing, lead other health organizations to likewise support social justice and health equity movements. We have a dedicated staff and working board that is actively engaged in our work, providing us with the thought leadership we need to get work done and make change happen.

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Operations

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Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Steven Rothschild

Rush University Medical Center

Claudia Fegan

Lon Berkeley

Jennifer McGowan-Tomke

Suzanne Calrberg-Racich

Ray Mendez

Mildred Williamson

Tom Wilson

Karen Aguirre

Misty Drake

Joe Feinglass

Robyn Golden

Chloe Gurin-Sands

Graciela Guzman

Linda Rae Murray

Elena Quintana

Rachel Reichlin

Gayle Riedmann

Melissa Simon

Kai Tao

Joseph Zanoni

Rene David Luna

Olyvia Phillips

Yadira Montoya

Amy C. Lulich

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/21/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.