During the April 29, 2022 Cook County Health Board meeting, the draft presentation of the new mission statement and strategic plan evoked a great deal of input from the Board concerning its lofty goals given the ongoing shortage of staff as well as having heard the same goals in years past. This was addressed by CEO Rocha who indicated that although it was currently necessary to continue using agency nurses while they continued their ongoing efforts on retention and recruitment outlined in the Strategic Plan. Further, he referenced an announcement made on April 26 by himself, President Preckwinkle, Commissioners Deer and Lowry, and the County Health Foundation of a $1M Provident Scholarship Fund to support students who are from, and committed to caring for, underserved communities. The Fund will administer 60 scholarships this summer as follows:
· 30 to Health Professionals including medical and dental students;
· 20 to High School senior students entering a health care program; and
· 10 to students in the Allied Health/Undergraduate Program.
At the May 27, 2022 monthly meeting, the Cook County Health Board approved its 2023-25 Strategic Plan. In brief, the new Strategic Plan is summarized by its shortened but direct Mission Statement: Establish universal access to the world’s best care and health services for all Cook County residents, regardless of the ability to pay, so all may live their healthiest life
Vision Statement: To ensure healthcare as a human right
Values Statement: ICARE - Innovation, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence & Education
Read the Observer Reports of the Cook County Health Board meetings.