IPHI has provided the research, facilitation, process management and promotion of Illinois’ two state health improvement planning processes, the most recent having been completed in 2010. In 2012, IPHI worked with IDPH and the University of Illinois at Chicago to support the SHIP Implementation Coordination Council. The SHIP provides guidance to the state’s public health system on priorities for improving both the health of the public and system infrastructure needs.
Illinois Public Act 93-0973, formerly House Bill 2268, creates the Health Care Justice Act and encourages Illinois to implement a health care plan that provides access to a full range of preventive, acute and long-term health care services, and maintains and improves the quality of health care services. The legislation establishes an “Adequate Health Care Task Force” with 29 voting members — five appointed by the Governor, and six appointments by each of the four leaders of the General Assembly (the Speaker of the House, the House Minority Leader, the President of the Senate and the Senate Minority Leader). The directors of the departments of Public Health, Healthcare and Family Services and Aging, along with the secretary of the Department of Human Services, are ex officio members.
REHDAC was a forum created by IPHI for minority health stakeholders to explore public health system approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in Illinois. REHDAC consisted of more than 30 stakeholders from public and private organizations throughout the state.
Public Act 095-0005 amended the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act, creating the Task Force on Health Planning Reform (TFHPR). The mission of the TFHPR was to review, reform and implement new or revised policies and procedures relating to the evaluation of hospital expansion projects, safety net services, and create a long-range (10 year) health facilities plan. The TFHPR also reviewed and made recommendations to the size and membership of the current Health Facilities Planning Board. The overall goal of the TFHPR was to ensure the prevention of unnecessary duplication of facilities and services; improve the efficiency of the health care system; maintain an environment in the health care system that supports quality care; and support the most economic use of available resources.
On June 28, the Health in All Policies Symposium brought together Illinois leaders from multiple sectors for a robust discussion about how to ensure that all of our policies reflect a commitment to good health.
This 1.5 hour webinar provides an overview of the goals and strategies of the Illinois Enhanced P.E. strategic Plan, published in June 2012. It also describes how P.E. has been redefined in recent years and practical ways in which this “new” P.E. can be implemented. The presenters share research demonstrating the link between physical activity and improved academic performance. Resources and tools for working with your school and community to support these changes are also provided.
Throughout 2013 and 2014, IPHI collaborated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Access Community Health Network, Cook County Department of Public Health, the Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, HUD Region 5, IFF, Kane County Health Department, LISC Chicago, and the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium to encourage discussions related to the common ground between public health and community development.
On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, in collaboration with the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, the Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council (ILFFJC), and several other key stakeholders, IPHI held a state-wide Healthy Farms, Healthy People: Supporting Local Food Systems and Improving Public Health symposium to address food access, regulations, food safety, and production/supply issues in Springfield, Illinois.