NALHE Chicagoland Chapter
“Promoting Latino Healthcare Leadership”
Chicagoland consists of the Chicago metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois, including Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. It covers all of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry and Will Counties in Illinois. The Metropolitan Statistical Area had a 2020 census population of 9,618,502 and the combined statistical area which spans up to 19 counties had a population of nearly 10 million people. The Chicago area is the third-largest metropolitan area and combined statistical area in the United States. It is also the fourth-largest metropolitan area in North America, the largest within the Great Lakes megalopolis, and its urban area is one of the forty largest in the world.
The metropolitan area has seen an increase of Latin American residents according to the 2020 Census. The metropolitan area represents about 3 percent of the United States population.
The Chicago area is home to a number of the nation’s leading research universities including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, Loyola University and Illinois Institute of Technology. The University of Chicago and Northwestern University are consistently ranked as two of the best universities in the world.
In a report released in 2017, it concluded that Chicago’s $69 billion healthcare industry has a diversity of assets that position the city to accelerate innovation and disruptive solutions at a pace uncommon in U.S. cities.”Bolstered by a core of world-class care institutions, medical technology enterprises, and life sciences researchers, the report identifies five critical factors that make the city a world healthcare industry leader:healthcare industry expertise, robust venture capital community, graduate medical education and vocational training system, growth of new technologies and unique collaborations.