COVID-19 Contact Tracing Community Supports Program

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), the state-certified public health authority for most of suburban Cook County and an affiliate of Cook County Health (CCH), has contracted with the Hektoen Institute for Medical Research (Hektoen) to provide contract management and oversight for the Suburban Cook County COVID-19 Contact Tracing Community Supports Program. This program recognizes the value of community-based organizations as credible, trusted entities, and the importance of leveraging existing community assets and infrastructure to share timely and evolving COVID-19 information and provide resources to communities and populations most impacted by the pandemic.

To support this effort, the Illinois Department of Public Health allocated nearly $41 million to CCDPH as part of the COVID-19 Local Health Department Contact Tracing Grant.  An expanded team of CCDPH contact tracers in suburban Cook County is important in the process of safely lifting regulations and increasing COVID-19 testing that will require additional case investigations and contact tracing. Nearly $5.5 million will be awarded to successful applicants who have the commitment and ability to quickly implement activities within a 6.5 month period that will ensure effectiveness of the CCDPH COVID-19 contact tracing program, slow the spread of COVID-19, and lessen the social and economic impacts — especially for communities and populations most adversely affected by the pandemic.

Community Based Organizations (CBO) may apply for one of the opportunities below:

Regional Learning & Action Networks

All applicants selected to participate in a regional Learning & Action Network will be required to participate in a series of three on-line meetings of the equity lab, “Changing Hearts and Minds for Leadership,” and all network meetings anticipated to be held twice a month for the duration of the grant period. Additionally, all grantees will be required to disseminate timely, relevant COVID-19 information to the communities they serve. 

Providing Community Supports

In addition to participating in a regional Learning & Action Network, CBOs may select to provide one or more of the following community supports: Education & Outreach, Expansion of Existing Program or Service, and/or Community-Based Testing.


Important Deadlines for Applicants

  • October 9, 2020 – Applications due by 5pm (CST) // Applications are currently closed
  • Week of November 9, 2020 – Anticipated Award Announcements via Email
  • December 1, 2020 – Project Period Begins


About the Hektoen Institute of Medicine

Located in the Illinois Medical District, the Hektoen Institute of Medicine was founded in 1943 by a group of prominent Cook County physicians as a venue for funding and conducting medical research and education. Today, Hektoen is a nonprofit health service and research organization that administers grant awards on behalf of community organizations, independent investigators, and institutions working to improve care and resources for the underserved. Hektoen’s sponsored programs address some of the most pressing health concerns facing underserved populations in Chicago and throughout the world, including: domestic violence, substance use, and mental health; HIV care and support services; community oncology; early intervention; healthcare reform; and a diverse array of other research and services.

Hektoen is located in the Illinois Medical District at 1339 South Wood Street, Suite G, Chicago, IL 60608.