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The Chicago Board of Health formulates health policies and advises the Mayor and the Public Health Commissioner on all health issues.  The Board promulgates all health regulations, including emergency regulations.

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Establishment – Membership and Organization

There is hereby established a board of health. The board shall consist of nine members, one of whom shall be the president of the board. The president of the board shall be physician, duly licensed to practice medicine. The mayor, with the approval of the city council, shall appoint the president of the board of health and each of the other members of said board.

Powers and Duties

It shall be the duty of the board of health to be well informed regarding all matters affecting the health of the citizens of Chicago. It shall formulate policies and otherwise advise the mayor of the city and the commissioner of health on all health issues.


The Board holds their regular meetings on the third Wednesday of every month at the Chicago Department of Public Health, DePaul Center, 333  South State Street, 2nd Floor Boardroom at 9 am Click here for 2015 meeting schedule.

Most Recent News (Board of Health)

Apr 15, 2015 Chicago Board of Health Calls on State Legislators to Reject Proposed Medicaid Cuts
Jan 15, 2014 City Council Approves Ordinance to Regulate E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products
Nov 25, 2013 Mayor Emanuel Joins With Commuity Groups To Push Public Health Ordinances To Curb Youth Smoking
Oct 11, 2013 Board of Health Agenda for October 16, 2013
Aug 21, 2013 Mayor Emanuel Cracks Down on the Tobacco Industry over Marketing of Menthol Tobacco in Continuing Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Youth

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Supporting Information


Carolyn C. Lopez, M.D., (Board President)

2906 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL  60625
E-mail: clopezfp@aol.com
Appointed: 11/4/03

Carl C. Bell, M.D.,
President & CEO
Community Mental Health Council & Foundation, Inc.
8704 South Constance Ave.
Chicago, IL  60617
E-mail: carlcbell@pol.net
Appointed: 12/4/02

Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN
John L. and Helen Kellogg
Dean of the College Of 
Nursing Of Rush University 
600 S. Paulina
Suite 1080
Chicago, IL 60612

E-mail:  Melanie_Dreher@rush.edu

Appointed:  5/13/09

Caswell A. Evans, Jr., DDS, MPH
Assoc. Dean/Professor, Prevention & Public Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry (MC 621)
801 South Paulina St., Rm. 102GD
Chicago, IL  60612
E-mail: casevans@uic.edu
Appointed: 10/31/07

Victor M. Gonzalez
Assistant General Counsel
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Legal Department
300 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL  60601
E-mail: victor_gonzalez@bcbsil.com
Appointed: 11/2/94

Creasie Finney Hairston, Ph.D.
Dean/Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work, M/C 309
University of Illinois at Chicago
1040 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL  60607-7134
E-mail: cfh@uic.edu
Appointed: 6/7/00

Ashok Raojibhai Patel, M.D.
1900 N. Hudson, Unit B
Chicago, IL  60614
E-mail: dakshaashok@sbcglobal.net
Appointed: 5/10/89 





Steven K. Rothschild, MD

Associate Professor

Departments of Family Medicine and

Preventive Medicine Rush University Medical Center

1700 W. Van Buren, Suite 470

Chicago, IL  60612

Email:  steven_k_rothschild@rush.edu

Appointed: 5/13/09

Joseph B. Starshak
Starshak Welnhofer & Co.
55 W. Monroe, Ste. 2530
Chicago, IL  60603-5008
E-mail: j.starshak@swandco.com
Appointed: 12/4/02

Board Support Staff
Daisy Hopkins
(312) 747-9428 / (312) 747-1031 (Fax)
Email: hopkins_daisy@cdph.org Revised:02/09

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