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Health Disparities

 IAHA Statement Regarding Health Disparities

As our state, nation, and the world, continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and the disproportionate impact that it has on people and communities of color, alongside the demonstrations to address systemic racism, injustice, and inequality that regrettably still exist within the fabric of our society, the stage is set for the possibility of true change.


The Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys ("IAHA") and its more than 650 members across the state recognize that we, as healthcare attorneys, have a duty to engage in these discussions and efforts and we are even more strongly committed to working with our healthcare clients to advance and achieve tangible and lasting change.


While no one has all the answers to eliminate systemic racism, injustice, inequality, violence, and health and socio-economic disparities, IAHA, our members and their clients have been engaged in this important work. (read more)




2020 IAHA programs regarding disparities and careers challenges:

This is an engaging 90-minute virtual discussion with members of the Cook County Physicians Association, Medical Organization for Latino Advancement, Hispanic National Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys. The panelists tackle critical and thought-provoking questions addressing diversity in both health and law and its impact on the communities they serve.

Click this link to watch the recording!


Esteemed Panelists:

Lena Hatchett, PhD

Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Co-founder and Executive Lead for Proviso Partners for Health


Anna M. Lozoya
Associate General Counsel of Risk for Sinai Health System.

Dr. Geraldine Luna
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Geriatrics Fellowship Department of Medicine and Geriatrics of UIC

Juan Morado Jr.
Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

Audrey Tanksley, M.D. 
Internal Medicine/Integrative Medicine Physician at Access Community Health Network

Program Moderator: Mario Treto, Jr. 
Director of Real Estate for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Trying to manage your career during COVID? Panelists offer realistic and real advice for those at any stage of their career - things like considering what is behind you on a Zoom call, to ways to network and meet new people, how to create a personal brand and ways to get ahead (or at least get noticed). Underscoring the importance of authenticity, the panelists acknowledge we're all building this plane as we fly it. Taking care of yourself - so you also take care of your clients and others who place demands on your time - is part of setting realistic goals (and boundaries) that will keep us running in this marathon. 


Click this link to watch the recording!

Esteemed Panelists:
Carrie Chapman
Senior Director of Litigation and Advocacy, Legal Council for Health Justice

Megan Harkins
Assistant General Counsel, VillageMD

Bendita Cynthia Malakia
Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Hogan Lovells

Katherine Schostok
Attorney Advisor to the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability, Adjudication, and Review; Adjunct Professor and Former Executive Director, Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute  

Helping Others

As part of the on-going efforts to help address the issues tackled in this presentation, the host organizations encourage you to support the following two nonprofit organizations:Centro Romeroand theI Am Abel Foundation. Both organizations are deeply rooted within the population of communities that are disproportionally impacted in healthcare and provide valuable resources to reduce disparities. Please click the links below to donate!

Centro Romero

Donate here:

Overview:Centro Romero is a community-based organization that serves the refugee immigrant population on the northeast side of Chicago. Centro Romero’s long-term organizational goal is to bridge a disenfranchised community of immigrants and refugees into mainstream American society as well as improving their opportunity for upward social mobility. Centro Romero provide programs which consist of the Youth Learning and Leadership Program, Family Services (encapsulating the Domestic Violence Prevention Program, the Public Benefits Program, and the New Americans Initiative), Adult Education, and Legal Services.

I Am Abel Foundation

Donate here

Overview: The I Am Abel Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bridge socioeconomic gaps and promote achievement amongst underrepresented minority inner city youth. Through camps, conferences, internships and mentoring programs, they increase exposure, education and opportunities for underrepresented minorities in math and science, ecology, business and education with a strong emphasis on a developing a pipeline to careers in medicine. 

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