Mr. Joseph M. Harrington
Mr. Joseph M. Harrington, Executive Director, Center for African American Health/Vice-Chair African American Healthcare Council
Mr. Harrington is a Project Director in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center.
is responsible for oversight and management of the Selenium and Vitamin E Prostate Cancer Prevention Trail (SELECT) and the Women's Hea lth Initiative (WHI), providing administrative and operational support to the Department of Preventive Medicine's
Clinical Research Center (CRC), and acting as the community liaison for the CDC funded Illinois Stroke Registry Prototype project.
He is a member of the Rush Medical College's Faculty Work Group on International Health and the Rush Institutional Review Board.
He is the Project Director for an international collaboration between the University of the Transkei (South Africa), Frere College of Nursing (South Africa), the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and Rush University, to implement a Community-Based Infrastructure Development Project (CBIDP).
The World Health Organization
and UNESCO fund the project.
The project focuses on improving the health status of the rural poor living in the Transkei (Eastern Cape Region of South Africa).
He also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for African American Health based out of Roseland Community Hospital.
He serves as the Co-chair of the Minority/Medically Underserved Committee for Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial, Chairman of the Advisory Panel on Minority Health for the Illinois Department of Public Health, and member of the Public Health Futures Illinois Steering Committee.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Africa International House and the Continental Africa Chamber of Commerce.
He is a Fellow of the class of 1998-2000 of the International Center for Health Leadership Development, CEO and founding member of the Chicago Network of Black Professional Organizations, and Vice Chairman and founding member of the African American HealthCare Council.
A native Chicagoan who grew up on the city's south side and still resides there, Mr. Harrington
is committed to the issue of social justice which he
believes is the underpinning for the disparities in health we face in this country.
views of critical health issues include improved communication and cooperation among health professionals; improved and equitable access to health care for all; and an emphasis on health promotion and healthier lifestyles.