Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) Annual Board Meeting
June 29, 2018
The CCHHS Board requested that Human Resources properly designate positions with a unique job code if the job requires bi-lingual skills. These positions would be more highly compensated due to the requirement for these skills. It is felt that filling these positions appropriately would increase the cultural competency of staff along with ensuring proper care for patients. It was indicated that a bi-lingual worker would be especially helpful in working with many Out Patients. The Board also requested that Human Resources review the process for exit interviews with Department heads’ as there is currently a lack of helpful information being received.
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Other Data Presented to the Board:
As part of the Cook County Department of Public Health 3rd quarter report, an update was given on current TB Prevention efforts. It has been found that those most affected with the disease live in the suburbs and 70% are foreign born and have been living in the United States for 5 or more years. The city of Des Plaines in the Northwest suburbs is the most infected area. There has been no direct correlation between TB and Poverty Rates.The current treatment is provided by nurses as part of a program called Directly Observed Therapy (DOT}. This program provides for a new treatment that takes 12 weeks instead of the old method that averaged 6 months. Each patient is assigned to a nurse who assumes responsibility for ensuring each of their patients takes their medication. This means these nurses are driving around the county doing DOT on a daily basis.
Observers - Bill Edmundson and Jackie Buttafuoco Meeting Length: 3 hours
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