Illinois: two Cook County health organizations to receive awards

Cook County Department of Public Health, Chicago Internal Medicine Practice and Research to Receive Governor’s Award for Engaging Aging

OAK PARK, IL (STL.News) Two Cook County health organizations will be honored for their efforts to support seniors during the pandemic, the Illinois Department of Aging (IDoA) said on Monday. IDoA Director Paula Basta will present the Governor’s Engaging Aging Award to the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and Chicago Internal Medicine Practice and Research (CIMPAR) in a special ceremony on Monday, December 13 at 1 p.m. at AgeOptions, located at 1048 Lake Street, Suite 300 in Oak Park.

“Widespread immunization is our way out of this pandemic and is essential to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the community at large from serious infections with COVID-19,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “Recognizing the importance of prioritizing the most vulnerable for early vaccination, CCDPH and CIMPAR have worked closely with experts in the field of aging to help the elderly in Illinois access vaccines. This award is a testament to their hard work and commitment to meeting the needs of seniors during a critical time. “

The Governor’s Engaging Aging Award recognizes community organizations that have gone above and beyond to positively impact the lives of seniors over the past year. Recipients are nominated by the 13 Illinois regional agencies on aging.

AgeOptions, which annually serves more than 200,000 seniors and people with disabilities in suburban Cook County, named the CCDPH for its ongoing work to keep area residents informed and protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. As vaccines became available, CCDPH worked with AgeOptions and other partners to develop messages and strategies for vaccinations and priority populations. At the request of AgeOptions, the health service has also added those who come into regular contact with older people, including family caregivers, adult protective service workers and long-term care mediators, to the first one. priority group for vaccinations.

Working with AgeOptions and its partners, CCDPH and CIMPAR offered vaccination clinics throughout suburban Cook County so that the most vulnerable seniors and their caregivers could register with community organizations and receive their health benefits. vaccine in a convenient location, eliminating the need to speak the Internet fluently and find a rare immunization window in a pharmacy. Their vaccination clinics have reached over 3,000 people in total and have offered weekend and sidewalk services, so family caregivers can bring housebound people home to receive their vaccine from the comfort of the car.

“When it comes to protecting high-risk seniors from the worst COVIDs, the most important step is to get them fully immunized,” said Paula Basta, director of IDoA. “CCDPH and CIMPAR were true partners in our network on aging, moving quickly to make vaccines accessible to thousands of older people in the community, and I am happy to recognize their efforts with this award. “

IDoA serves and advocates for Illinois seniors and their caregivers by delivering quality, culturally appropriate programs that foster partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life.

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