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Dr. Suzet McKinney currently serves as executive director of the Illinois Medical District Commission. The Illinois Medical District (IMD), which includes 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, universities, raw land development areas and more than 40 healthcare related facilities, is one of the largest urban medical districts in the U.S. McKinney is the former deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), where she oversaw the emergency preparedness efforts for the Department and coordinated those efforts within the larger spectrum of the City of Chicago’s Public Safety activities, in addition to overseeing the Department’s Division of Women and Children’s Health.
McKinney is an experienced, knowledgeable public health official with exceptional communication skills. She has served as an on-camera media expert on emergency issues including biological and chemical threats, natural disasters, pandemic influenza and severe weather. She also provides subject matter expertise to the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, in biological terrorism preparedness to the country of Poland.
In academia, McKinney serves as an instructor in the Division of Translational Policy and Leadership Development at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and as adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. She also serves as a mentor for the Biomedical Sciences Careers Project, also at Harvard University.
McKinney holds her Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brandeis University, where she was also a Howard Hughes Fellow. She earned her Master of Public Health degree (Health Care Administration) and certificates in Managed Care and Health Care Administration at Benedictine University.