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The Institute of Medicine of Chicago is an independent non-profit organization of distinguished leaders in the health field who collaborate to improve the health of the public. Drawing upon the expertise of a diverse membership and other regional leaders, the IOMC addresses critical health issues through a range of interdisciplinary approaches including education, research, communication of trusted information, and community engagement.

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, counties and the State of Illinois. 

2021 — From the president's Desk — Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker

Letter from the IOMC President  Cheryl Rucker- Whitaker 


January 2022

Dear Fellows and Colleagues, 

Our holiday season was delightful as it was a great time to gather with family, friends, and colleagues. My two children were home from school and college to celebrate the holiday with us. It was great to be with them. They were a reminder that there is much to be thankful for over the past year despite the COVID-10 pandemic. 

I am grateful to the Board of Governors, Fellows and Staff who made a tremendous effort this past year, with their own work, and in managing the challenges of  COVID-19. IOMC accomplished a lot this past year. More details will be shared in the coming weeks. Also, I am grateful for the healthcare and public health professionals who are highly committed to helping all of us and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

IOMC has an exciting year planned for 2022. Please join IOMC on January 28th for the State of Health of Chicago Update and Summary Report. We will share highlights of  the past sessions from the 16 months and share our upcoming actions to make systemic change for the next two years. Over 50 speakers and numerous volunteers shared their expertise and insights on how to create systemic change. 

We are excited to announce that The Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute awarded the Institute of Medicine of Chicago a two-year grant to develop and manage a 'Mentoring and Networking Program for Black and Latino Male Medical and Dental Students.' There is a significant decrease in Black and Latino male graduates from accredited medical and dental schools over the past five  years. We hope to make a difference here. Look for more details soon and how to be participate in this program.  

IOMC has several virtual  dynamic sessions planned through 2022. In February, IOMC will be addressing the serious mental health issues of children, youth, adults and seniors exacerbated by the pandemic. March through June's programs focus on homelessness as a public health issue, the increase in chronic kidney disease, future workforce development, opioids, and more. We hope to gather in person for the IOMC Annual Meeting in June. 

On behalf of IOMC, may you have good health and success in 2022. Let's continue to strive for healthcare equity for all in our communities. 


Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker

Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker, MD, MPH, FACP

President and Chair of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago


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