The CCPA Difference
The Cook County Physicians Association was founded in order to address racial, political, and economic problems in the delivery of medical care and education, especially as they impact African Americans.
Among the goals of the Cook County Physicians Association is the desire to increase the number of African American physicians, as this is one of the critical issues of this time.
A message from our President
As President of CCPA, I welcome you to this great organization. As we enter 111 years of service, we continue to uphold the superb scientific, legislative, public health and clinical care provided by our membership. I am confident that we are essential to make a significant impact on the health of minority communities. I am honored to take the reins amid the novel COVID -19 pandemic and resulting public health crisis. The effects of the pandemic have illuminated health care disparities that have plagued minority communities for years as the result of systemic racism. The associated loss of life, financial and emotional stress that disproportionately affects communities of color and patients living in lower areas of socioeconomic status in Chicago and Greater Cook County can no longer be ignored. These inequities of healthcare and healthcare delivery impact us all and offers an opportunity to all healthcare providers and our colleagues in the legislative, business, media. education, not-for-profit, and medical technology sectors of Cook County to serve our neighbors and colleagues in a greater capacity.
One of the goals of this administration is to focus on creating new and strengthening past relationships for innovation among the CCPA membership, our medical schools, fellowship programs, healthcare organizations, public health, and civic organizations. My vision is to leverage available technologies and partnerships to broaden the health, wealth, and social impact of CCPA through advocacy, policy, fundraising and efforts to close the gap on health inequities in the greater Cook County area.
Over the next three years, with CCPA, we will continue to make meaningful contributions to the Cook County community through partnership and collaboration. With these necessary components we can continue to be a trusted source of leadership and inspiration for the next generation of healthcare providers and the communities that we serve. Our organization is uniquely positioned to address the ills that prevail in our communities like violence, obesity, mental health, and chronic illnesses. The time is now for us to effect this change through partnership with colleagues, hospital systems, managed care organizations and private corporations to truly empower a healthy people. We invite you to become a part of this transformation. Join us today and impact a better tomorrow!
Audrey L. Tanksley MD