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Cook County Health & Hospitals System in Chicago

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Can New “Smart PrEP Pills” Increase Adherence for HIV-Prevention Medication Among Young People?

The FDA-approved drug called PrEP can drastically reduce someone’s risk of getting HIV-by as much as 92 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But one of the biggest barriers to PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, being effective… [Read More]

Cook County Celebrates Construction Milestone for New West Side Health Center

The Cook County Health (CCH) and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hosted a “topping out” ceremony on August 9 to celebrate continued construction progress CCH’ new state-of-the-art health center in Chicago’s Near West Side. During the ceremony, the final… [Read More]

CCH Expects to See an Increase in Hospital Visits During Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza is a time of fun and most importantly, great music. But Cook County Health warned that summer musical festivals like Lollapalooza can also be a dangerous time for concert-goers because of excessive drug and alcohol intakes. CCH’ John H…. [Read More]

CCH Response to July 27 Senate Vote

CCH Response to July 27 Senate Vote

We should all be alarmed by today’s vote in the U.S. Senate to move forward debate about repealing the Affordable Care Act. Since 2014, the ACA has provided health insurance coverage for millions of previously uninsured Americans, including more than… [Read More]

CCH Offering Fresh Food Markets in South Suburban Cook County

Starting in summer, Fresh Food Markets are being hosted weekly at three Cook County Health (CCH) health centers in South Suburban Cook County. Black Oaks Center, a local nonprofit, is partnering with CCH to make fresh fruits and vegetables available for sale… [Read More]

Dr. Connie Mennella is CCH’ 2017 Doctor of the Year

Dr. Connie Mennella, Chairperson of the Department of Correctional Health at Cermak Health Services, was named Cook County Health’s 2017 Doctor of the Year. Dr. Mennella was selected from more than 80 doctors, who were all nominated by CCH staff… [Read More]

Cook County Tackles Mental Illness in Community and Jail

Cook County Health (CCH) is holding a two-day workshop with key agencies involved in the criminal justice system to develop a detailed map of where the gaps are in providing behavioral health services in Cook County. The ultimate goal is… [Read More]


Major Change Coming for Cardiac Imaging

In an effort to cut down on the number of unnecessary cardiac imaging procedures being done in the United States, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is going to start requiring doctors and providers to submit proof that they… [Read More]

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Inadequate Access to Nutritious Food May Increase Stroke Risk Factors

Food insecurity – the state of being without reliable access to adequate amounts of affordable, nutritious food – may be linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes for stroke victims, possibly putting them at greater risk… [Read More]

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What Women Should Know About Heart Disease

Did you know that women can have subtler, less recognizable signs of a heart attack than men?  Or that women face a higher cardiovascular disease risk after reaching menopause? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United… [Read More]