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Iliana mora

Cook County Health Ambulatory Services

Iliana Andrea Mora was named Chief Operating Officer for the Cook County Health & Hospital System’s (CCHHS) Ambulatory Division in July 2018.  Iliana is responsible for developing and implementing strategy for the CCHHS’ Ambulatory Division, and leading ambulatory clinical and business operations, programs and functions for the System. Dispersed throughout Cook County, the Ambulatory Division provides primary and specialty outpatient care in community, school and regional outpatient settings.  
Before joining CCHHS, Iliana worked for nearly 15 years at Chicago’s Erie Family Health Center, where she was a staunch advocate for the low-income communities of color that Erie predominantly serves. Iliana led Erie’s growth – more than doubling its size by expanding in locations and services, building the organizational infrastructure to sustain the growth, and building partnerships to ensure sustainability.  Among her many distinctions, Iliana was named a 2014 Honoree for Who’s Who in Chicago Hispanic Business, a 2013 “40 Under 40” in Crain’s Chicago Business, a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow in 2008, and a 2011 Emerging Health Care Leader by the National Association of Community Health Centers.   
Iliana is active in Chicago’s civic community, and served as President & CEO of Women Employed (WE) in 2017, after nine years of being an active member of the Board of Directors.  Iliana supported WE’s transition from a 40 year term CEO to WE’s future leader. Iliana has actively served on other not-for-profit Board of Directors, including Deborah’s Place, and currently serves on the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation Board of Directors. Additionally, Iliana has served as a Trustee on the Health Care System Board of Directors of Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio.  
Mora earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from The George Washington University, her Master of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois, and the Executive Health Care Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Iliana is known and sought after for her expertise in safety-net healthcare, Accountable Care Act ObamaCare, population health management, transformational leadership and public speaking on issues facing women, children, communities of color, and marginalized groups. 

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