We are fighting for a better future.
The Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County (CHE Cook County) recognizes that many people, especially people of color, don't have access to the opportunities they need to live healthy lives. This has led to a reality where communities of color are poorer, have worse health outcomes, and live shorter lives than white communities. Also known as structural racism, these barriers include the power dynamics, public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms that discriminate against communities of color.
The mission of CHE Cook County is to build relationships and alliances with other sectors and community organizations in order to change the maldistribution of money, power, and resources that produces the gross injustices and inequities we see in our communities today.
To build a health equity movement that works to eliminate structural racism and creates the opportunity for all people of Cook County to live healthy lives.
Our goals include:
Raising awareness about the social determinants of health
Building power in African-American, Latino, and other underserved communities in order to hold institutions accountable
Changing policy and making policy recommendations