The Hektoen Institute of Medical Research is a 501(c)(3) organization and grant administrator headquartered in the City of Chicago. For over seventy years, Hektoen has served as a venue to promote funding for medical research and education.

As Cook County recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, reopening efforts will depend on public health testing, contact tracing, a sustained healthcare system capacity to respond to new outbreaks and public compliance with existing containment and mitigation efforts. The Hektoen Institute in collaboration with Cook County Department of Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health will participate in addressing the contact tracing component.

The Hektoen Institute is currently accepting resumes from residents of Cook County who are interested in working to stop the spread of COVID-19. Hektoen in collaboration with the Cook County Department of Public Health will offer full-time, temporary Contact Tracer positions with full benefits, and will provide training to develop skills and career paths in public health and patient care. These positions are temporary in nature and will last for 6 months.

The Hektoen Institute was awarded a contract by Cook County Health on July 23, 2020, through funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health, for rapid start-up of the Cook County Department of Public Health Contact Tracing Initiative. Hektoen will directly employ two supervisors, eight case investigators and fifty contact tracers who will function as part of the CCDPH COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative. These employees will be dedicated to helping suburban Cook County residents who have tested positive with the COVID-19 virus in identifying available resources for them and in identifying individuals who may have been exposed to the virus.
Applications are currently closed.

About the Hektoen Institute for Medical Research

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.