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With the health of the public at its core, IOMC is building new programs and services to better meet the needs of its members and the Chicagoland community, its counties and the State of Illinois. 

2024 — From the president's Desk 

Letter from the IOMC President  Courtney Avery Davis


Dear Fellows and Colleagues: 

Thank you to all who attended the 2024 Annual Leadership Awards & Annual Convening!  We heard of the incredible efforts of our local and state leaders to advance health equity in healthcare and in public health, honored four outstanding leaders with awards, recognized our Class of 2024 Fellows (new), appreciated the support of our special guests, and grateful to our sponsors who supported IOMC! 

We announced the election results and introduced the 2024-2025 Board of Governors. Visit this page> 

We were honored to have two outstanding speakers join us and special guests who make this event a success for all who attended the convening. 

Opening Guest Speaker:  Dr. Erik Mikaitis, MD, MBA, FACP, CPE

Dr. Mikaitis was appointed as the Interim Chief Executive Officer for Cook County Health in November 2023 by the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He provides executive leadership to advance the health system's strategic imperatives and ensure the provision of high-quality care and services in collaboration with CCH's medical and business leaders.

Keynote Speaker: Chief David T. Jones

Chief Jones was named, by Gov. Pritzker, the Associate Secretary at the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), where he serves as the statewide Chief Behavioral Health Officer (CBHO). Chief Jones joined IDHS as the Director of the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) in October 2020.  

Special Guests

Olusimbo Ige, MD, MS, MPH, Chicago’s New Dept. of Public Health Commissioner, City of Chicago 

LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, Cook County-Dept. of Public Health

Kiran Joshi, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Officer, Cook County- Dept. of Public Health

Ms. Sendy Soto, Chicago's new Chief Homelessness Officer, City of Chicago (future program)

Greater Chicago Food Depository- Update on Urgent Needs & Donations! 

Class of 2024 

IOMC recognized twenty new Fellows of IOMC. Visit this page>

Leadership Awards 

We presented the 2024 Leadership Awards to four incredible leaders at the convening.  

IOMC Outstanding Leadership & Compassion Award in Healthcare 

Richard Lieber, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 

IOMC Global Humanitarian Award

Damiano Rondelli, MD, Michael Reese Professor of Hematology, University of Illinois at Chicago                         

IOMC Innovation in Healthcare Delivery - Individual 

Arvind K. Goyal, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, FACPM, Medical Director, State of Illinois Medicaid, Dept. of Healthcare & Family Services, Clinical Associate  Professor, Chicago Medical School 

IOMC Innovation in Healthcare Delivery – Organization 

Rosalind Franklin University  of Medicine and Science 

Award winners here>

For more details, visit this page. 

Your help is needed to continue our efforts, programs and initiatives. As a independent nonprofit organization, more funding is needed to continue the successful efforts of the prior year and past years.  We ask you to give a donation to "Closing the Gap"  to support IOMC's Efforts & Workgroups to  'Advance Healthcare Equity & Reduce Disparities' in 2024-2025. Every dollar, large or small, is greatly appreciated-your donation counts! Donate here> 

IOMC is very grateful for our convening sponsors and their support: Golden Square, Midwest Business Group on Health, Benesch Health Law, and Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness.  Our sincere appreciation to our table sponsors:  Cook County  Health, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, University of Chicago Medicine, Washington Square Health Foundation, The Portes Foundation, the Michael Reese Research & Education Foundation. 

We  are excited about the upcoming months and have planned several programs and events for the  remainder of 2024 and through early 2025.  They include a three-program series on Maternal & Child Health, and webinars on AI & Public Health, Behavioral Health, Global and US Medicine, a Leadership Summit, and more.  We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming programs and webinars. 

Thank you and I look forward to working with you and the Board of Governors! 


Courtney Avery Davis

Courtney Avery Davis, MPH 

President, Institute of Medicine of Chicago 


 2024-2025 Board of Governors 

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