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 2017 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 JULY 2016

A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

On June 12, the City of Orlando experienced an unimaginable tragedy in what later would be confirmed as the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and loved ones of the 49 innocent victims, and with the LGBTQ community as they cope with the healing process in the weeks and months ahead. Our hope is that they find the strength and courage in one another to not let this senseless act of hate define their lives or their community. 

An unfortunate side effect of the all too common occurrences of mass shootings is that healthcare organizations, specifically emergency departments, need to assess plans and procedures for providing the type of critical, event-specific care in the aftermath of an attack. There are many factors that make the medical response to a shooting or terrorist attack unique, but if the response community, particularly hospitals and healthcare organizations recognize and address them in advance, we can better prepare ourselves as a community to increase the likelihood of saving as many lives as possible in the face of a once unthinkable situation.  

I recently had the privilege to co-author a discussion paper with a few of my colleagues at the National Academy of Medicine to identify medical planning considerations for mass shooter and bombing events. The paper addresses actions from the initial response, to hospital activities and prioritization, and through community recovery. The most important thing I have learned during my time in public health is that emergency preparedness is not a destination; it is a journey, and planning for such events is a continuous cycle. I encourage you to read and share the article with your planning teams as you assess your internal protocols. You can download a PDF of the article here.  

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  

 


IMD Parking and Traffic Study

The IMDC is conducting a District-wide parking and traffic study. The goal of the study is to identify comprehensive parking, traffic and transit solutions to reduce the parking burden for organizations within the IMD. We’re requesting that you please distribute a travel survey to employees at your institution/organization. Please note below that there are specific survey links for each of the four IMD hospitals, as well as a general IMD employee survey for the rest of our partners. When sharing among your internal staff, be sure to include the survey link that corresponds with your type of organization. We’ve also included a draft email below to go with the survey link. The survey will remain open until Monday, July 11th. 

“The Illinois Medical District Commission would like to better understand employee travel choices to and from work in the IMD. Please complete this short survey about your commute and enter to win a Visa gift card. 

Survey link: (insert link here)" 

IMD employee general survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IMDEmployee

Rush survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RushTravel

UIC survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UICtravel

Jesse Brown VA survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JBVAMC

CCHHS survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCHHStravel


Training Opportunity

CCAC

Join Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center for a free training: Keeping Children Safe on Tuesday, July 26 from 1 to 4 PM. This training equips parents, teachers, professionals and caregivers of all types to prevent child sexual abuse, recognize warning signs and respond appropriately. Registration is free. CEs are available for counselors and social workers for $15. To register for the training, click here.   


American Red Cross Blood Drive

AmericanRedCrossbuilding

The American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois will host a blood drive on Thursday, July 14 from 10 AM to 3 PM at its headquarters, located at 2200 West Harrison Street. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. The Red Cross recommends eating a healthy meal and drinking an extra16 ounces of water and fluids before donating blood. Donors are encouraged to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #ChooseYourDay.


Easterseals Re-branding

EasterSealsNew

This month, after nearly 100 years in service to people with disabilities, Easterseals unveiled a new expression of its iconic brand. The new logo and tagline, “taking on disability together,” reflect their mission to positively impact peoples’ lives amidst the growing complexities and broader, modern definition of what it means to be disabled. You’ll see the new look incorporated over the coming months as Easterseals re-introduce themselves to the public. To read more about the new brand and the amazing work of Easterseals, click here.


Job Opportunity: UIC College of Nursing

The UIC College of Nursing has a full time job opening for a Visiting Research Specialist in the Department of Behavioral Health Science. The position focuses on a study to determine whether certain sleep problems are risk factors for gestational diabetes (GDM). For more details about the position or to apply, click here.


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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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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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