June 12, 2020
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) announced Thursday that CCDPH will receive nearly $41 million in grant funding from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health to rapidly scale-up its COVID-19 contact tracing program in suburban Cook County over the next three to six months.
“This is a win for Cook County,” said President Preckwinkle. “What we have seen with this pandemic is another reminder that until we address the structural issues black and brown communities face, they will continue to be disproportionately impacted. I am committed to addressing all of the drivers in our communities that contribute to such inequities, and this funding will certainly help.”
The funding will allow CCDPH to focus on communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. CCDPH intends to earmark as much as 20%, or $8 million, of the grant funding for community-based organizations located within, or primarily serving residents of, communities of high economic hardship, discrimination and racism to: conduct effective public health education and outreach; provide enhanced COVID-19 case management and referrals for resources; and address other social and economic impacts, such as housing instability and lack of food.