4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Closing Keynote Address

West Side United: A Broad-Based Partnership to Address Health Inequities on the West Side of Chicago 

In Chicago, like many major cities in our country, health care inequities can be measured in survival rates.  In the downtown areas of Chicago, the life expectancy is 85 years. In West Garfield Park, about seven miles away, it drops to 69 years – a 16-year gap.  


The root causes of this inequity go beyond access to good health care.  It includes neighborhood infrastructure and safety; educational opportunities; and jobs and local businesses.  To address each of these components, Chicago’s west side community organizations and health systems formed West Side United, whose focus is to reduce this gap by 50% by 2030.


Dr. Larry Goodman will share the collaborative’s progress on meeting this goal, as well as discuss his previous experience with other successful broad collaboratives in Chicago.


Key topics:


  • Collaborative formation and key performance metrics

  • The critical role of community members in governance

  • Institutional resources alignment, such as hiring, supply chain, impact investing and volunteerism, to better serve the community


Larry Goodman, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Rush University System for Health and

Rush University Medical Center

Larry Goodman, MD, is chief executive officer of the Rush System. He is also the chief executive officer of Rush University Medical Center, a position he has held since 2002. He holds the academic rank of professor of internal medicine, and is the James A. Campbell, MD, Distinguished Service Chair of Rush University. Before his appointments as chief executive officer, Goodman served as senior vice president of medical affairs and dean of Rush Medical College. From 1995 to 1998, Goodman was the medical director of Cook County Hospital (now the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County). Prior to that appointment, Goodman served at Rush University Medical Center as an infectious disease specialist, associate dean of Rush Medical College and as assistant dean of clinical curriculum.