On November 8, 2017 CommunityHealth held the 3rd annual All In Chicago event

At this event, three local thought leaders addressed specific issues that serve as barriers to accessing appropriate medical care, including three crucial determinants of health: inequities in the provision of health care, transportation barriers to health care access, and the role of housing in health outcomes.


All In Chicago 2017

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Michelle Relerford

NBC News Reporter

  • About Michelle

    Michelle Relerford returned home to Chicago as a reporter and fill-in anchor for NBC 5 News in September 2011.


    Relerford was born in the South Side and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Whitney Young High School and attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Connecticut. She interned for NBC Chicago's investigative unit while
    in college.


    In South Bend, Ind., and Cleveland, Ohio, Relerford worked as a reporter, and most recently she was a weekend evening news anchor and reporter for WHDH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Boston. While in Boston, Relerford was nominated for a local Emmy for spot news reporting.

    Relerford says she looks forward to being a part of the Chicago community again, telling Chicagoans stories and being close to her family and friends.


health care disparities and inequities

Derek Robinson
MD, MBA, FACEP, CHCQM, Vice President, Enterprise Quality & Accreditation, BlueCross and BlueShield of Illinois

  • About Derek

    Dr. Derek J. Robinson is Vice President - Enterprise Quality and Accreditation at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the nation’s largest non-investor owned health insurer, serving more than 15 million members. HCSC operates Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in IL, TX, OK, NM, and MT.   Dr. Robinson, a practicing emergency medicine physician, is charged with leading HCSC’s clinical quality improvement, quality reporting, and accreditation strategies.  He is also responsible for the development and implementation of HCSC’s health equity strategy.


    Nationally, Dr. Robinson is recognized for his commitment to improving the quality of health care for all Americans. Dr. Robinson is a member of the Quality Rating System (QRS) Technical Expert Panel, the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Core Clinical Quality Measures Collaborative Workgroup steering committee, National Quality Forum (NQF) Standing Committee on All-Cause Admissions and Readmissions. He was recently appointed to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Diversity Leadership Committee. Prior to HCSC, Dr. Robinson was the first physician member of the executive leadership team at the Illinois Hospital Association where he led efforts to improve health care quality and safety for patients across IL.  Dr. Robinson is the former Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Chicago Regional Office.


    Dr. Robinson is board certified in Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a diplomat of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.  He holds degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana, Howard University College of Medicine, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  Following medical school, he completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago.   Dr. Robinson is an adjunct faculty member at the Feinberg School of Medicine - Northwestern University and the Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest.  A Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Dr. Robinson is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and has been the recipient of numerous awards such as Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, 40 Game Changers Under 40 – Ariel Investments, and Diversity MBA’s Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders List.


    He is a married father of two sons and resides in Chicago. During his free time, he enjoys swimming, cycling, and fishing. He is also passionate about mentoring young people.


Mindi Knebel
Chief Executive Officer of Kaizen Health

  • About Mindi

    Mindi Knebel is the founder and CEO of Kaizen Health, a Chicago-based startup that connects healthcare and transportation to increase access to healthcare. Mindi has spent over decade being on the founding team or early employee of five startups. Throughout her career, Mindi has spent time in business and sales operations/planning, M&A/integrations, technology project management, accounting/finance and human resources.


    A passionate problem solver, Mindi was inspired to start Kaizen Health due to some challenges that her own family faced with medical transportation. Not wanting others to endure the same challenges, Mindi led the Kaizen Health team to develop a robust logistics intelligence engine to connect healthcare providers, health insurance companies, transportation networks and patients to ensure visibility, transparency and communication among all constituents.


    Mindi is an alum of the University of Iowa and Colorado Technical University and sits on the associate boards of Cook County Health Foundation and SALUTE.

transportation as it relates to health access


housing as it relates to health outcomes

Stephen Brown
Director of Preventative Emergency Medicine at University of Illinois Hospital and Health System

  • About Stephen

    Stephen Brown, MSW LCSW, is a faculty member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health), where he is the Director of Preventive Emergency Medicine.

    He earned his first degree in business marketing in 1984 from Northern Illinois University.  During the next 13 years, he worked as systems engineer, a Regional Sales Manager and a Product Marketing Manager. In 1998 he went on sabbatical to complete a second degree in Psychology and a Masters of Social Work, with a career goal of establishing a private psychotherapy practice.


    However, during an internship as an Emergency Room social worker at the University of Chicago, he was struck by two things: how far behind healthcare IT was compared to other industries, and that the underlying drivers of healthcare utilization (what we now call the Social Determinants of Health) were largely being ignored. He stayed on in Emergency Medicine as the Director of Preventive Emergency Medicine.


    Stephen came to UI Health’s ED in 2011 to establish a program to identify and manage healthcare super-utilizers.  He is the Program Director for Better Health Through Housing, a demonstration pilot that is raising awareness in Chicago for the need to recognize homelessness as a dangerous social condition and to scale the nationally-validated Housing First model.  The program has identified 27 chronically homeless individuals, many with severe mental illness, trauma history and substance abuse disorders, and transitioned them into permanent supportive housing.


    His previous tech experience enables him to work with city, state and federal officials to break down data silos, and in doing so will empower better data-driven public policy. He is the co-author of a recent Health Affairs article entitled “Mr. G and the Revolving Door: Breaking the Readmission Cycle at a Safety Net Hospital”.


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