Healthy Communities

Health and Wellness


Goal:

Improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of Cook County residents and communities.

(Above) Cook County Health team at the opening of the new Arlington Heights Health Center in January 2019. The 25,000 square foot facility includes 25 exam rooms, dental space, an on-site lab and bilingual staff for Spanish speakers.

Procuring Healthy, Sustainable Food at Cook County

Cook County became the third local government in the U.S. to approve a resolution promoting the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) in May 2018, and the Cook County Department of Public Health officially kicked off the Cook County Good Food Task Force in May 2019. GFPP leverages the power of procurement to advance a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system and promote good food for all. Within Cook County government, Cook County Health, the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and the Sheriff’s Office are the largest purchasers of food and beverages, spending more than $15 million and serving an estimated 8 million meals each year.  

Tackling Food and Housing Insecurity Through Strategic Partnerships

Cook County Health (CCH) expanded their partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to distribute fresh produce at all CCH community health centers – to date, over 600,000 pounds of fresh produce have been distributed at CCH health centers to food insecure patients and community members. 
CCH is also engaged in efforts to identify and address housing insecurity. CCH is a key partner and investor in the City-County Flexible Housing Pool, which connects persistent users of crisis systems, including emergency departments and jails, with access to permanent supportive housing. CCH also partnered with Housing Forward on several state and federal grants to connect patients and CountyCare members with housing units and supportive services.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

The Cook County Department of Public Health was awarded $4.7 million in opioid grants in 2019 to prevent opioid overdose deaths and increase access to and use of evidence-based substance use treatment programs. These grants will fund training for suburban Cook County law enforcement and community partners, support deflection programs and community-based treatment providers, and fund public education and outreach.

Offering Low-Cost Vaccination Clinics Across the County

Missing Person's Day at the Medical Examiner's Office

(Above) This annoyed feline was vaccinated at a clinic in Brookfield, IL in June 2019.
Cook County's Department of Animal and Rabies Control offered low-cost rabies vaccinations at mobile clinics throughout Cook County to dogs, cats and ferrets in the summer of 2019. More than 50,000 animals have been vaccinated since the program began in 2006.
(Above) President Preckwinkle visits staff at Missing Person's day in May 2019.
The Medical Examiner's Office hosted their third annual Missing Person's Day in Cook County in May 2019. Those with friends or family missing submitted DNA samples, records and other items to aid in the search for loved ones.

Improving Services and Receiving Highest Accreditation

The Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) completed 90 percent of autopsy reports within 60 days, a standard set by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), improving service by providing families with timely reports. 
The Medical Examiner’s Office received International Standardization accreditation for both forensic testing and forensic inspection from the American National Standards Institute. The MEO is also the only fully accredited medical examiner’s or coroner’s office in Illinois accredited by NAME and the only office to have all three accreditations in the nation.

The Policy Roadmap: Five-Year Strategic Plan for Offices Under the President lays the foundation for the next five years of work by the Offices Under the President (OUP) of Cook County. Created under the leadership of the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Toni Preckwinkle, the Policy Roadmap incorporates key policy priorities and strategic objectives and reflects the administration’s core values of equity, engagement and excellence, and a vision for fostering safe, thriving and healthy communities.