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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, its counties and the State of Illinois. 

2024 — From the president's Desk 

Letter from the IOMC President  Lorenzo Pence, DO 


Dear Fellows and Colleagues: 

We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and friends. 

As we begin a new year, we ask four actions of  you:  

1)  Support IOMC's mission - be involved  - attend programs and events.

2)  Donate - all  donations are greatly appreciated regardless of the amount and important to continue 

      our efforts in reducing healthcare disparities. 

3)  Be Grateful - we are fortunate to serve in public health and healthcare and have an opportunity to                 make a difference in many lives. 

4) Build Trust - as noted at the recent 9th State of Heath of Chicago convening, we need to re-build trust            in public health and it is our responsibility to fulfill it as leaders. 

Make an Impact - Giving Now  Supports IOMC's Programs and Workgroups for 2024

Our strategic focus includes six programmatic areas that need your financial support. Your donation, small or large, will help us move forward with our initiatives.  Be confident that your donation is in good hands.  Please make your donation here. 

9th State of Health of Chicago - Driving a path to reducing healthcare disparities. 

It was a sold-out event! Thank you to all who attended the 9th State of Health of Chicago convening on December 14, 2023. The rich dialog was informative, intentional and inspiring. The work ahead is important to continue together.  We look for your participation and support over the next year. 

A special thanks to  Bechara Choucair, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente – Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals as our keynote speaker. His experience was felt and valuable to us as we evaluate our strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships. 

Congratulations to Dr. Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Immediate past Commissioner of the City of Chicago Public Health, who received the 2023 Outstanding Leadership Award for her service and leadership. She will be starting with the CDC in January 2024. We wish her continued success! 

The Panel Forum provided a in-depth discussion of several issues on many fronts. Thank you for their time and commitment ; and sharing their insights and expertise with us as active leaders facing many everyday challenges.

Thank you to Ryan Voyles, Editor, Health News Illinois for moderating the panel discussion-a well-balanced discussion of issues.

We wish all a healthy and safe year!   

Save the Date! 2024 Healthcare Awards and Annual Meeting - June 20, 2024 


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. 


Lorenzo Pence, DO 

President, Institute of Medicine of Chicago 


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