The Council’s Chicago chapter is leading the way in addressing these racial disparities to improve stroke incidence rates and outcomes by creating effective cross-sector collaboration. Our partners at Governors State University’s (GSU) College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) and State Representative Debbie Meyers-Martin worked together to create a public health campaign to raise stroke awareness in Chicago’s Southland community. On January 1, 2023, HB5014 became Illinois state law, creating and funding a campaign to promote prevention efforts and give the Southland community access to trusted health information. This community has been disproportionately impacted by stroke and is home to roughly 2.5 million residents, much of the region’s Black American population. Through this transformative partnership, the number of fatal outcomes from strokes will be curbed through stroke recognition and prevention strategies and access to reliable sources of information about strokes.
“We must begin to address these disparities with education. GSU is instrumental in this campaign because of the inspiration I received from Dr. Tonya Roberson and the College of Health and Human Services that provided the information I needed to create the legislation we will recognize on February 24th,’’
– Rep. Meyers-Martin
Lt. Gov to Visit GSU for Stroke Prevention Awareness (govst.edu)
State Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin, who sponsored the bill, was supported by Dr. Tonya
Roberson, the CHHS Director of Community Outreach, Program Development, and Academic Support, and co-lead for the Chicago chapter of the Council on Black Health, who played an instrumental in the passage of this bill.
Link: GSU Instagram Post
September 2023 Convening
September 12-14, 2023