This May 30th, Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) – the provider of choice for comprehensive primary health care for Chicago’s medically underserved South Side – will hold its annual Healing Hands Celebration benefit dinner at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom. This year’s event will celebrate the 37th anniversary of CFHC’s work to promote health, prevent disease, and provide treatment through the delivery of quality, accessible primary healthcare that is culturally sensitive, affordable, and responsive to community and individual needs. This year’s event will be hosted by Derrick Blakely of CBS Channel 2 in Chicago.
The 2014 honorees, chosen for their for their work in championing affordable, quality healthcare regardless of income or location, include Art Jones, MD, one of Chicago’s leading community health advocates; and the Campaign for Better Health Care, a grassroots organization that works to meet the needs of the medically underserved throughout Illinois.
The 2014 healing Hands Celebration will be held at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom (112 S Michigan Avenue in Chicago), at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception including passed hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by a sit-down dinner with an awards presentation, raffle, and entertainment from the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble.
TICKETS: Tickets are available through the Chicago Family Health Center website, with individual tickets starting at $250. For more information about this event or for sponsorship opportunities contact Meggie Cramer, or by phone (773) 768-5000 ext 1175.
ABOUT THE HONOREES:
Art Jones, MD: Dr. Jones is a pioneer in the accountable care organization movement. He has 27 years of “boots-on-the-ground” experience as the founding physician and CEO of Lawndale Christian Health Center — a large urban community health center on Chicago’s West Side. Dr. Jones helped establish Lawndale as a model managed-care organization in the forefront of delivering Medicaid services under a near global capitation payment system. His redesigned delivery model capitalizes on the efficiencies of electronic medical records, and in creating fully integrated Medical Homes. Dr. Jones has also served as chief medical officer for a Medicaid managed-care company.
Work is his home, and community health is his passion. Dr. Jones has lived in Chicago’s Lawndale community where he served since 1980. He also “moonlights” as the chief medical officer for Medical Home Network — a foundation-funded demonstration project to improve the health status of low-income Chicago area residents by organizing providers to elevate quality, improve access, reduce costs and reinforce the Medical Home concept.
Dr. Jones earned his MD from the University of Illinois and bachelor’s degree from Taylor University. He completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency and cardiology fellowship and continues to serve as a clinical associate at the University of Chicago. Today, Dr. Jones focuses on advancing Medicaid accountable care organizations and helping Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) like CFHC transition to managing health care risk and reaping some of the downstream financial benefits from operating as a well-functioning, Patient Centered Medical Home.
Campaign for Better Health Care: The Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC) is a grassroots coalition of more than 300 local and statewide organizations representing consumers, health care workers and providers, community organizations, seniors, religious organizations, labor, disability rights organizations, and other citizens to help create and advocate for an accessible, quality health care system that provides for the healthcare needs of all Illinoisans.
Founded in 1989, CBHC is now Illinois’ largest healthcare coalition. CBHC developed and implemented the Health Care Justice Act with then state Senator Barack Obama (chief sponsor) and state Rep. William Delgado (chief sponsor) in 2002, and worked with Provena Behavioral Health to improve access to mental health services through their new Open Clinic. In the same year CBHC Executive Director Jim Duffett was recognized as the Health Care Activist of the Year by Families USA, a national leader in health care advocacy.
CBHC coordinated the Illinois effort for the national Health Care Access Resolution Campaign (House Concurrent Resolution 99), recruited statewide organizational endorsement, added legislative cosponsors, lead Illinois in the National Call-in Day for Universal Health Care for the public launch of this campaign, and initiated the Illinois Health Care Accountability Act of 2002. Campaign for Better Health Care held press conferences, rallies, and educational events all around Illinois to help pass health care reform.
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, CBHC has been instrumental in its successful implementation in Illinois and continued outreach and awareness on new healthcare options.