101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced , by Rep. Mary E. Flowers - Rita Mayfield - LaToya Greenwood
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
20 ILCS 2310/2310-213 new
Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Creates the Diversity in Health Care
Professions Task Force. Provides that the Director of Public Health shall
serve as the chairperson of the Task Force and it shall also be comprised
of 2 dentists, 2 medical doctors, 2 nurses, 2 optometrists, 2 pharmacists,
2 physician assistants, 2 podiatrists, and 2 public health practitioners.
Provides specified objectives. Provides specified recommendations to serve
as guiding principals for the Task Force. Provides that Task Force members
shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for their expenses
incurred in performing their duties. Provides that the Task Force shall
meet at least quarterly and at other times as called by the chairperson.
Provides that the Department of Public Health shall provide administrative
and other support to the Task Force. Provides that the Task Force shall
prepare a report that summarizes its work and makes recommendations
resulting from its study and shall submit the report of its findings and
recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1,
2020 and annually thereafter.
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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Department of Public Health Powers and
Duties Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by adding Section 2310-213 as follows:
(20 ILCS 2310/2310-213 new)
Diversity in Health Care Professions Task
(a) The Diversity in Health Care Professions Task Force is
created. The Director shall serve as the chairperson and shall
appoint the following members to the Task Force, licensed to
practice in their respective fields in Illinois:
(1) 2 dentists.
(2) 2 medical doctors.
(3) 2 nurses.
(4) 2 optometrists.
(5) 2 pharmacists.
(6) 2 physician assistants.
(7) 2 podiatrists.
(8) 2 public health practitioners.
(b) The Task Force has the following objectives:
(1) Minority students pursuing medicine or healthcare
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as a career option. The goal is to diversify the health
care workforce by engaging students, parents, and the
community to build an infrastructure that assists students
in developing the skills necessary for careers in
(2) Establishing a mentee/mentor relationship with
current healthcare professionals and students, utilizing
social media to communicate important messages and success
stories, and holding a conference related to diversity and
inclusion in healthcare professions.
(3) Early employment and support, including (i)
researching and leveraging best practices, including
recruitment, retention, orientation, workplace diversity,
and inclusion training, (ii) identifying barriers to
inclusion and retention, and (iii) proposing solutions.
(4) Healthcare leadership and succession planning,
(A) providing education, resources and tool kits
to fully support, implement, and cultivate diversity
and inclusion in Illinois health-related professions
through coordination of resources from professional
health care leadership organizations;
(B) developing healthy work environments,
leadership training on culture, diversity, and
(C) obtaining workforce development concentrated
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on graduate and post-graduate education and succession
(c) The Task Force may collaborate with policy makers,
medical and specialty societies, national minority
organizations, and other groups to achieve greater diversity in
medicine and the health professions.
The Task Force's priorities are:
(1) Affirmative action programs should be designed to
promote the entry of racial and ethnic minority students
into medical school, as well as other specialized training
programs for other health professions.
(2) Recruitment activities should support and advocate
for the full spectrum of racial, ethnic, and cultural
diversity, including language, national origin, and
religion within the healthcare profession. These
activities should maintain the high quality of the health
care workforce and encourage individuals from all
backgrounds to enter careers in healthcare.
(3) Recruitment and academic preparations of
underrepresented minority students should begin in
elementary school and continue through the entire scope of
their education and professional formation. Efforts to
recruit minority students into the various health care
professions should be targeted appropriately at each
(4) Financial incentives should be increased to
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minority students, including federal funding for diversity
programs, such as Title VII funding, loan forgiveness or
repayment programs, and tuition reimbursement.
(5) Enhancing diversity within the healthcare
workforce will require a commitment at the highest levels.
To put this commitment into practice, educational and
healthcare institutions, medical organizations, and other
relevant bodies should hire staff who are responsible
solely for the implementation, management, and evaluation
of diversity programs and who are accountable to the
organizational leadership. These programs should be
integrated into the organization's operations and provided
with an infrastructure adequate to implement and measure
the effectiveness of their activities.
(6) Institutional commitments to improve workforce
diversity must include a formal program or mechanism to
ensure that racial, ethnic, and cultural minority
individuals rise to leadership positions at all levels.
(7) Organizations with a stake in enhancing workforce
diversity should implement systems to track data and
information on race, ethnicity, and other cultural
(d) Task Force members shall serve without compensation but
may be reimbursed for their expenses incurred in performing
their duties. The Task Force shall meet at least quarterly and
at other times as called by the chairperson.
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(e) The Department of Public Health shall provide
administrative and other support to the Task Force.
(f) The Task Force shall prepare a report that summarizes
its work and makes recommendations resulting from its study.
The Task Force shall submit the report of its findings and
recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by
December 1, 2020 and annually thereafter.