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Cook County Health in the Community!

¡Cook County Health en la Comunidad!

Cook County Health’s Community Relations team prides itself on being community advocates and bringing the resources the System has to offer to all Cook County residents.

Whether it is participating in community events, health fairs or, now, in “virtual” meetings, our culturally diverse and multilingual team will make sure your questions on obtaining health care services are answered. We will also provide you with the right resources and help to resolve your issues and those of your constituents, family, friends, and neighbors. 

To achieve our community relations outreach goals, our team refers back to Cook County Health’s Strategic Plan, Impact 2023, which guides the System’s commitment to community health equity. Cook County Health has established advisory councils in four of its community based health centers, with two additional advisory councils to be formed in 2020. In addition, we host events such as the 4 Men Only Health Fair at Provident Hospital and Back to School Health Fairs at the Englewood and Robbins Health Centers. Our team also participates in HIV testing events such as Fahrenheit Chicago and community resource events such as Black Women’s Expo. Our goal is to provide you with resources to keep you and your loved ones healthy.

By clicking on the different links on this page, you will be able to view and download some of the resources that we offer. If you have any questions, you can always email them to events@cookcountyhhs.org.

We hope you find these resources useful. And thank you for being a partner with us at Cook County Health. Thank you! ¡Muchas gracias!

An Introduction to Cook County Health

One of the largest public health systems in the nation, Cook County Health (CCH) serves as the safety-net for health care in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

Cook County Health consists of two hospitals; a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers; the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center; the Cook County Department of Public Health; Correctional Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center; and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan. Through the health system and the health plan, CCH cares for more than 500,000 individuals each year, and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCH is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan, and enhancing the patient experience.

  • Marcelino Garcia

    Director of Community Affairs

  • Alice Collins

    Community Outreach Worker

  • Xandria Hair

    Community Outreach Worker

Community Advisory Councils

An important development of our Strategic Planning Process, Impact 2020 and Impact 2023, the Cook County Health Community Advisory Councils are made up of patients, community and religious organizations, and they serve as a way to promote our services in the communities where our centers are located.

The councils provide feedback to our staff and help strengthen the presence of our health centers in the community. The councils meet quarterly to provide current information on Cook County Health and to share other valuable information. CCH has five existing councils – at the Arlington Heights, Cottage Grove, Englewood, North Riverside, and Robbins Health Centers – and will be adding councils for the Near South and North Riverside Health Centers in 2020. For more information on participation in our Advisory Councils, email mgarcia6@cookcountyhhs.org.

Resources and Programs

Food Insecurity is a significant problem in Cook County. In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Cook County Health hosts a Fresh Truck at our health centers. During the summer months, we also offer the Summer Meals program in some facilities.

Cook County Health offers secure on-line access to your medical information through our patient portal, MyCookCountyHealth.

Cook County Health provides medical services to expectant mothers and their children. In addition, we offer the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) food supplemental and nutrition education program at all of our facilities.

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) provides resources for residents of suburban Cook County. From the Lead Abatement Program to the Contact Tracing Initiative, CCDPH has resources to help. 

Financial Assistance

With a history of over 185 years, Cook County Health provides health services to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

Cook County Health will assist patients in obtaining insurance coverage, applying for charity care (Cook County residents only) or understanding your bill if you are a self-pay patient. If you have insurance, please be sure to make sure that Cook County Health is in your plan. Click here to see the resources provided in our Billing and Insurance section. Click on the icons to the right or below for other downloadable information.

Financial Assistance Brochures

These brochures – in English, Spanish, Polish, Arabic and Mandarin – provide detailed information on all the financial assistance programs offered at Cook County Health. Please share this information with people who may not know the finance and insurance resources that are available to them.

Financial Assistance Application Call Center Hotline

Our financial assistance call center Certified Application Counselors are available Monday through Friday 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm to help you apply for Medicaid or to direct you to the best resources to address your needs.

Redetermination Flyer

Ensuring that you are able to keep your Medicaid benefits is important to Cook County Health. Our Certified Application Counselors can help you with your Redetermination questions to keep your Medicaid benefits. Click here.

Plans Accepted by CCH

Click here to see the list of insurance plans accepted by Cook County Health.

Public Charge Letter

Our commitment as a provider is to make sure that you receive the services needed to improve your health. Click here for information on recent developments in the public charge area, as well as information on legal resources to help with your questions, including those specifically related to your immigration status.

Community Newsletter

Participating in Programs or Events

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