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As an IMD partner or key constituent, you aren’t just part of the Illinois Medical District story, you—and those you serve—are the heart of it. Throughout 2016 we will share monthly updates on all that is taking place in the IMD and encourage U to be part of our story by emailing IMD&U@medicaldistrict.org with ideas and topics of interest.

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IMD&U JUNE 2016

A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

Earlier this week, the IMDC convened a meeting with several stakeholder organizations to discuss the various development initiatives that are planned throughout the District. The meeting was a huge success, and it went a long way in furthering our mission to promote a collaborative environment for our partners. Projects that were highlighted during the meeting include the Cook County Hospital redevelopment, the Gateway Project, the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind campus expansion and the Rush University Medical Center 10 Year Master Facility Plan. I’d especially like to thank Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for her time, and her support of the revitalization of the IMD.

In addition, I’m excited to announce that next Wednesday, June 1st, the IMDC will join Alderman Jason Ervin and other community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT) as the newest IMD institution. ChiCAT’s mission to create opportunities for youth and young adults will provide a critical service to underserved communities and will be a catalyst for job readiness and economic growth. The new ChiCAT facility is located at 1701 W. 13th street, and will open in early 2017. I’d like to thank CEO G. Sequane Lawrence for all of his hard work and dedication in getting ChiCAT to the IMD, where they will have a tremendous impact on the District and residents of the surrounding area.  

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


Growing Solutions Farm Open House

GrowingSolutions

The Julie and Michael Tracy foundation will host an Open House at the Growing Solutions Farm on Wednesday, June 8th from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. Guests will be treated to a tour of the farm, samples of fresh produce and musical entertainment from Frogwater. The farm’s new produce stand will also be open for sales every Wednesday. If you’d like to attend the event, click here.  


Upcoming Workshops

Enterpriseworks

The Innovate UIC Summer Startup Series has two events this month. The workshop on June 13th will cover Intellectual Property Basics, and the workshop on June 20th will cover Demystifying Investors. The Summer Startup Series is a collaboration among EnterpriseWorks Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and PROPEL to help young innovators navigate the basics of early stage business development. If you have additional questions, you can contact EnterpriseWorks Chicago at ewchicago@uillinois.edu.


Summer Mingling for a Mission & Greet

AmericanRedCross

On June 23rd, The American Red Cross of Chicago will host a fundraising event called Summer Mingling for a Mission. During the event, guests can enjoy beverages, appetizers and a roof top view. In addition, there will be chances to win auction items, and a Kendra Scott Jewelry pop up shop, where a portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting the Red Cross mission. The event will be held at MillerCoors Pub on 250 S. Wacker Drive. To purchase your tickets, click here.


Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center Luminary Award Dinner

Amy Rule CCAC

At their second annual Luminary Award Dinner on Thursday, May 12th, the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) honored First Lady of Chicago Ms. Amy Rule for her contributions to the City’s children, and for lighting the path toward hope and healing. The event was also the most successful fundraising effort in CCAC history, raising $424,000, including $94,000 to go toward the Growing and Giving campaign, which supports CCAC expansion. To learn more about the event and view photos, click here.


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IMD&U May 2016

A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

On March 31st, the IMDC hosted a panel discussion for the Chicago Center For Neighborhood Technology’s (CNT) Young Innovators, a network of young professionals dedicated to exploring new ideas to help improve sustainability and resilience in urban communities. The event was part one of a series called City Resilient, and the focus was on health and well-being.

I was honored to co-lead the panel discussion with Dr. Stephen Perkins, a Senior Vice President at CNT who has been with the organization since 1980, and has developed numerous public policy and economic projects.

Throughout the discussion, these young professionals posed many thoughtful and engaging questions about the IMD Master Plan, and its role in contributing to the resilience of the District. Not only did the IMD receive praise for some of the initiatives concerning green space and transportation, the group also presented a good deal of constructive feedback on how we can improve it going forward. I want to thank all of our partners, stakeholders and the community members whose thoughts and feedback were instrumental in making the Master Plan a reality.

As we move closer to implementing the IMD Master Plan, and with several new developments occurring throughout the District, I’m reminded that if we’re going to achieve our shared vision for the IMD, the conversation must continue. I am always open to discussions or ideas about making the District a more vibrant place for those who work, visit and live here. If you have any questions, comments or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team  

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


Cook County Hospital Redevelopment

On April 6th, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced plans for a major redevelopment of the Cook County hospital campus. The four-phase project includes mixed-use infrastructure to support medical research, labs, restaurants, apartments, office space and a hotel. The first phase of the project will start in 2017, and will focus on the restoration of the façade of the old Cook County Hospital building. To learn more about the redevelopment, click here.


Cook County Health and Hospitals System is hiring

From the April 2016 edition of the CCHHS Newsletter:

“The ACHN (Ambulatory and Community Health Network) of CCHHS recently posted several Clinic Manager positions for the various health centers and specialty clinics. Find the job postings here. The Health System is looking for qualified candidates for these positions. Applications close on April 25. Applicants to CCHHS employment will need to use a computerized system.”  


UIC Summer Startup Series

Enterpriseworks

EnterpriseWorks Chicago is partnering with Argonne National Laboratory and PROPEL for a Summer Startup Series, featuring workshops to help young innovators navigate the basics of early stage business development. The seven workshops will cover topics such as legal, financial and planning issues over the course of three months. The first workshop is on May 16th. Workshops are free, but advance registration is required. To learn more about the workshops or to register, click here. If you have additional questions, you can contact EnterpriseWorks Chicago at ewchicago@uillinois.edu.  


National Forum for Black Public Administrators Meet & Greet

On Thursday, May 19th, The Chicago chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) will host a Spring Membership Social Networking & Open House event. Attendees will learn more about the organization and its mission to advance black leaders in local and state governments. The event will be held at the Office of William Everett Group, located at 633 South Plymouth Ct, 1st floor. Light refreshments will be served. Business attire is required, and those who wish to attend must RSVP to kevin@salveogroup.org. To learn more about NFBPA, click here.  


American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

AmericanRedCrossHeroes

On April 28h, The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago hosted its 14th annual Heroes Breakfast to honor local individuals who “demonstrated heroism in the community.” Honorees were chosen from 12 categories, including law enforcement, health, youth and more. At the time of the event, the 2016 Heroes Breakfast had raised more than $1,300,000, making it the most successful Heroes Breakfast in its history.

The contributions raised at the event alone could provide all of the following:

• 22,000 children with measles and rubella vaccination
• 20,000 veterans in hospitals with basic necessities like soap, shampoo and toothpaste
• 10,000 volunteers with training and deployment for a disaster
• 5,000 teenagers with lifesaving infant CPR and babysitting classes
• 1,000 families impacted by a home fire with financial assistance

To learn more about this year’s honorees, visit the Red Cross of Greater Chicago Facebook page.  


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Stay up to date on events and training courses throughout the District by bookmarking the IMD&U calendar. If you're hosting an event that you'd like added to the calendar, fill out this form and we'll publish it. When submitting an event for the calendar, please fill in all fields on the application.  

If you'd like to submit an entry for the monthly newsletter, email Ryan Gage at RGage@medicaldistrict.org. Please submit your entries no later than the 20th day of each month.


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IMD&U April 2016

A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

On March 1st, the IMDC hosted a welcome reception on my behalf.The purpose of the reception was to bring our partners together so I could have the opportunity to address you in person and tell you about all of the exciting initiatives we have planned in the near future, as well as some of my long term goals for the IMD.  

While I enjoyed the chance to meet and speak with many of you, the biggest success of the evening for me was seeing our various partners and stakeholders interact and discuss opportunities for collaboration. I realize that our work makes it difficult to come together as often as we’d like, but my hope is that we can find more opportunities to join each other, celebrate our accomplishments and collaborate on our goals and ideas. I would like to thank all of you who were able to join us, and if you were unable to make it, please don’t hesitate to reach out now or at any time.  

I’d also like to thank Drs. Robert Barish, Jay Shannon, Jeffery Ryan and Larry Goodman from the four hospitals for serving on the host committee, the IMDC Board of Commissioners for their continued support and Illinicare Health for sponsoring the event.  

You hear me say a lot that we have to work together to achieve our shared vision for the IMD, and I truly believe we have a perfectly diverse group of ambitious, goal-oriented professionals to do just that. With all of this in mind, I look forward to continuing our work together as we move toward a brighter future.  

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH

 

Reminder: IMD Draft Master Plan

Last month, we released the IMD Draft Master Plan for a public comment period. We've received some great feedback so far, but we'd love to hear more. The IMD Master Plan provides a roadmap for future development, and will guide us in our work to be recognized as a world class urban medical district. The public comment period will remain open for one more week, until April 4, 2016. Please feel free to review the plan and email your feedback to IMDMasterPlan@medicaldistrict.org. Be sure to share it with your staff, clients and partners.

Internship Opportunities

We would like to share with you an invitation letter that we received from Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele regarding internship opportunities for high school students during Spring Break. The transcript of the letter reads:

"Cook County Board Commissioner Robert Steele invites your company to join "The Manufacturing Intern Campaign". Creating career focused jobs for today's youth, particularly in the manufacturing field, has become a more prevalent issue than ever before. With youth underemployment at an all-time high and it is extremely important that we begin to build bridges for the future leaders of the community by giving work experience, financial advancement, and networking opportunities.

This can be made possible by becoming a partner of the Manufacturing Connect organization and hosting interns for high school students to take place during the upcoming Academic Spring Break, April 18 - 22, 2016. The Manufacturing Connect Team has more than 12 Manufacturing Partners that have agreed to be a host company for student internships.

The ask if for your company to provide a quality work experience, 8 hours a day for 5 days paid at minimum wage for and workers, the compensation will be covered by Chicago Public School. For more information, please email hjones@mfgren.org."


MATTER Workshop: Designing for 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing - Best Practices

Vismed logoOn March 30th, Dima Elissa of Vismed 3D will host a workshop on Design for 3D Printing and digital manufacturing. While digital manufacturing using 3D printing is a relatively new field, there are already established best practices when it comes to designing products for digital manufacturing.

In this session, Dima Elissa will discuss how to begin the design process for digital manufacturing and discuss the specific challenges and how they can be overcome. She'll share what the technology can and can't do and how to best optimize design within these parameters.

She'll also discuss how to apply traditional manufacturing methods to 3D digital design - specifically, she'll discuss the different software available, as well as standards and best practices. Finally, she'll touch on how to consider available options, constraints, and limitations to achieve your design goals quickly and efficiently.For more information about the course, visit the IMDC Events Calendar. To register for the course, click here.


Growing Solutions Farm

GrowingSolutions

The Spring 2016 edition of Better Homes and Gardens: Country Gardens features an article about the Growing Solutions Farm, which is a program of Urban Autism Solutions (UAS), started by Julie and Michael Tracy. Not only is the Growing Solutions Farm a full production operation, it also provides vocational training to its interns to help them learn essential skills needed for holding jobs.  Click here to read the article, where you can learn more about the farm and the great work of UAS to help better serve the young Autistic population in Chicago.   

 


Disaster Update: Gulf Coast Flooding

AmericanRedCross

Earlier this month, much of the Gulf Coast area, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas experienced severe flooding that displaced thousands of people from their homes. The Red Cross has been active in its response, providing shelter and relief supplies in the affected areas. In addition, Red Cross damage assessment teams have deployed to the affected area to help determine the full impact on the region. To learn more about flood safety and how you can help the victims, click here. To help you and your organization prepare for emergencies, the Red Cross offers a series of free mobile apps, which are available on iPhone and Android.  

 

 

 


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IMD&U March 2016

A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

I hope you and your loved ones stayed safe during this week’s bout of winter weather that affected parts of the Chicagoland area. The good news is that spring is on the horizon! The start of spring also marks my 6th month as Executive Director of the IMDC, and when I look back at all the people I’ve met and all the great work going on in the District, it’s hard to believe it’s been such a short time since I was given this great opportunity!  

Many of you have talked to me about the individual goals and plans for your respective organizations going forward. To that end, I want to share with you some of the initiatives we have planned for the coming months. First, we’ve been working closely with the Gateway Development team to obtain the final approvals needed to break ground this year. We know that the Gateway project will have a great impact on those who work, live and visit the District, so we will remain diligent in our oversight of the process to ensure that it progresses in a smooth and timely manner.  

Second, in October of 2014, the IMDC began stakeholder outreach, focus group meetings and conducted research to inform a series of updates to the IMD Master Plan. Priority areas included promoting urban style development, providing quality amenities for employees and supporting transit use and walkability. We gathered that feedback, research and data and presented the updated Master Plan to the City Planning and Building departments, various elected officials and the IMDC Board of Commissioners. Now, we would like to present the plan to you, our stakeholders and the general public for a period of comment and additional feedback. The plan can be found on our website by clicking here. The public comment period will be open until April 4th, 2016. Please email your feedback to IMDMasterPlan@medicaldistrict.org. The numerous initiatives currently underway in the IMD make an updated master plan essential for future success. So we welcome your feedback as we begin to determine the best path forward for the IMD. We look forward to working together to build on what is already a world class urban Medical District.  

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH


Congratulations, Commissioner Foster!

Corey Foster Defender MOEOn Friday, February 5, 2016, IMDC Commissioner Corey Foster received a 2016 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Award. Pictured here with Chicago Defender President/Publisher, Cheryl Mainor, Commissioner Foster was among a number of distinguished individuals to receive this prestigious award. Awards are given to public and private leaders, motivators, educators, entrepreneurs, civil servants and others who exemplify high levels of ethics, accountability and integrity.

 

 

 

 


Free CAN TV Membership

CANTV

In celebration of moving to their new home in the IMD, CAN TV is offering complimentary memberships to Chicago nonprofits for the remainder of the calendar year. As part of the membership, your organization can air a message on CANTV42, an interactive community bulletin board channel. For more information or to sign up for a membership, call CAN TV's Nonprofit Services Department at 312-738-1400.   

 


EVENT: Yourself 3D Printed: Intro to 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing

Vismed logo

On March 2nd, Dima Elissa of Vismed 3D will host a workshop on 3D Printing and digital manufacturing. The course will provide an introduction and overview of the history of digital manufacturing, how it can be used in tandem with traditional manufacturing, existing (and upcoming) ways to implement the process, and will debunk some common myths about 3D printing. Attendees will also learn how digital manufacturing will affect the future of medicine, trade, manufacturing and logistics, and why it’s a critical technology to understand. Every attendee will receive a “3D portrait” and see the presenters use the technology firsthand. For more information about the course, visit the IMDC Events Calendar. To register for the course, click here.  


 EVENT: Keeping My Family Safe: An evening for parents

CCAC

As parents, we should know what to communicate to our children, behaviors to watch out for and steps to take to protect our families. Join The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center on Thursday, March 31st for "Keeping My Family Safe: An evening for parents.” Attendees will learn how to teach healthy development, create a family safety plan and intervene in concerning situations. Light dinner will be provided, and child care is available for children over age 3 who are potty trained. To register for this free event, click here.  


IDOT PUBLIC SAFETY MEETINGS

IDOT

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has been preparing contracts and plans for construction on the westbound side of the Jane Byrne Interchange. With contract letting scheduled for this summer, IDOT will host a series of Incident Management meetings to present the project and discuss anticipated roadway and expressway closures that may affect organizations in and around the IMD. Attendance is open to anyone. For more information, contact Mr. Brian Kuttab, Project Manager, at (847) 705-4431 or Brian.Kuttab@illinois.gov.   


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Stay up to date on events and training courses throughout the District by bookmarking the IMD&U calendar. If you're hosting an event that you'd like added to the calendar, fill out this form and we'll publish it. When submitting an event for the calendar, please fill in all fields on the application.  

If you'd like to submit an entry for the monthly newsletter, email Ryan Gage at RGage@medicaldistrict.org. Please submit your entries no later than the 20th day of each month.


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