Online Program

Protecting the public’s health in Chicago

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Julie Morita, MD, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL

Academic medical centers located in close proximity are often in competition with one another. However, in Chicago, in 2014, four academic medical centers and the local public health department joined forces to create the Chicago Ebola Resource Network to assure that the Chicago area was equipped to diagnose and treat patients suspected and confirmed to have Ebola infections. Dr. Morita will describe her role in convening, leading and coordinating the activities that resulted in the development of this innovative network.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the role of local public health in coordinating Ebola Response activities among healthcare systems. Describe the Chicago Ebola Resource Network (CERN) that was created as a result of the public health and healthcare systems working together. Describe how the Chicago Department of Public Health will use the experience in creating CERN as the foundation for additional collaborations with healthcare systems.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and have 15 years of service to the department. As Medical Director for Immunization, I fostered partnerships with health systems and the private sector, achieving recognition for both the improvements in and overall coverage rates. As Chief Medical Officer, I led the City’s efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of the Ebola virus and developed and launched the Chicago Ebola Resource Network.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.