Chicago Department of Public Health seeks candidates for LGBT Health Advisory Council

Fri. February 8, 2013 1:24 PM

CHICAGO, Ill. - The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is seeking candidates for its new LGBT Health Advisory Council. The Council, which will be comprised of 10-12 members, will advise city staff on the unique health needs of the LGBT community, provide a voice in the decisions that affect the LGBT community and serve as a liaison to partner organizations for continued implementation of Chicago's groundbreaking LGBT Community Action Plan.

"We want to make sure the community is part of the process," said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. "In order to take our LGBT Community Action Plan to the next level, we need a group of committed community leaders who can take our message back to the community leaders who can engage and inspire the entire community – to grow the partnerships necessary to make Chicago's LGBT community the healthiest LGBT community in the nation."

In March 2012, CDPH released the LGBT Community Action Plan, which outlines 22 strategies to improve the overall health of Chicago's LGBT community. These include improving data collection, addressing violence within the community and improving cultural competency about LGBT-specific concerns among Chicago's health care providers. The plan grew from a meeting CDPH convened in late 2011 with various partners to discuss how the City's Healthy Chicago public health agenda uniquely impacted the LGBT community.

"We have already achieved a number of successes since first publishing the plan," Dr. Choucair continued. "We are hoping to bring together a new group of community leaders, health professionals and researchers to take this success to the next level."

CDPH will accept applications for the Council through Thursday, February 28. For information on how to apply for membership on the council, send an email to Pamela McCann at

From news release