Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

Health and Medicine Policy Research Group was founded in 1981 as an independent, not-for-profit research and advocacy institute with a focus on Illinois public health and care for the poor and undeserved. HMPRG’s mission is to formulate health policy, advocacy and health systems to enhance the health of the public.

How we helped

Organizational Development

Laura has been on the Board of Directors of HMPRG since 1998. In 2006, she stepped in for 14 months as the interim Executive Director to allow Margie Schaps, HMPRG Executive Director, to take a sabbatical. During her time as Interim Executive Director, Laura helped HMPRG with the planning and implementation of their 25th anniversary celebration. Through her more integrated role as interim Executive Director, she was also able to develop a list of recommendations for the continued growth of the organization.

Since stepping down as interim Executive Director, Laura has continued to work with HMPRG, consulting on policy advocacy for the Health of Court-Involved Girls Project, which focuses on improving the health and mental health services for girls detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, as well as for girls incarcerated at the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

Meeting Facilitation and Planning

Mairita has worked with HMPRG on the coordination of several conferences, including the Conference on Rural Aging and ‘Translating Values into Action,’ both events hosted through HMPRG’s Center for Long Term Care Reform. In addition to assisting Laura’s work with HMPRG on the Court-Involved Girls Project, Mairita worked on coordination for the project’s Gendered Justice Conference in April 2008.  She has also worked with HMPRG staff on planning, logisitcs and preparation for the ‘Moving Forward: Delivering Freestanding Birth Centers in Illinois’ conference in November 2008.

Policy Advocacy

In helping build policy advocacy around the Court-Involved Girls Project, MCFG assisted in spurring the development of two policy recommendations, one targeting the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, the other focused on the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Moving forward, McAlpine Consulting for Growth will continue their efforts in organizational development and policy advocacy work with HMPRG.