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The Catalyst April 2018

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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

On March 15, I hosted a group of faith leaders from across Chicago to discuss the vision and mission of the IMD, and to identify solutions to foster information sharing and collaboration with Chicago's faith community. I updated the leaders on the economic development and public health initiatives taking place throughout the IMD. 

We also discussed a variety of relevant issues, including housing and health services for local residents, violence as a public health issue, the impact of systemic poverty, access to healthy lifestyle options and the role of faith in strengthening Chicago's communities.

The IMD looks forward to building strong relationships with Chicago's faith leaders and other community groups to ensure we are responsive to the voices and needs of the west side community.

-SUZET MCKINNEY, DRPH, MPH

ROBESON H.S. RED CROSS VISIT

On March 8th, students from Robeson High School in Englewood with My Block, My Hood, My City program visited the Chicago Red Cross.  The students were given a tour of the building, learned about disaster response and blood services and participated in a home fire preparedness training.

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My Block, My Hood, My City exposes students to different neighborhoods and organizations in Chicago. For more information about the program, click here

CHICAGO CAC BEYOND WORDS EVENT

On Sunday, April 8, Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) will host BEYOND WORDS, an open house reception honoring survivors of child sexual abuse during Child Abuse Prevention Month. BEYOND WORDS will feature artwork created by ChicagoCAC clients and The Simple Good students, focusing on the meaning of 'the simple good' in the lives of ChicagoCAC youth. 

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Guests will also enjoy spoken word poetry, an ice cream sundae bar and the opportunity to create art to contribute to the prevention-focused exhibit. This free event will include discussion of child sexual abuse prevention and survivorship. The event will run from 2 PM to 5 PM. To register, click here.

CHICAT ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

We'd like extend our congratulations to IMD partner The Chicago Center for Arts & Technology (CHICAT) on their one year anniversary!

In spring 2017, CHICAT opened the doors to its IMD facility with one goal in mind: to impact the lives of the city's most under-served residents.

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CHICAT offers youth programs in digital art & design, and adult training courses in the lab maintenance/tech and healthcare IT fields. We wish them continued success in empowering and uplifting the west side community!

UIC DAY OF SERVICE

On Saturday, April 7, UIC will host its 9th annual Day of Service. It is the university's largest service event of the year. UIC has partnered with over 15 sites and community organizations this year, creating a variety of opportunities to give back to the city.

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The deadline to register is Thursday, March 29 at 5 PM. For more information and to register, click here. If you have questions, please contact Maux Sullivan

EASTERSEALS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER OPEN HOUSE

On Friday, April 13, the Easterseals Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center will host an open house from 3 PM to 5 PM. The goal of the event is to provide information about curriculum and programs offered as part of the Head Start/Early Start learning program, which aims to promote school readiness in young children of all abilities from families with incomes below poverty guidelines.

For more information, call 312.492.7402, or email gilchristmarchman@eastersealschicago.com.

NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY

On Thursday, March 29, The Jesse Brown Veterans Health Care System, VBA Chicago Regional Office and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery will host a ceremony to recognize and thank Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifices.

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Each Vietnam veteran will receive a commemoration pin during the ceremony, which will feature a guest speech by Cliff Kelly of WVON 1690 AM. The event will take place from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at the Kizer Conference Center inside the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, located at 820 S. Damen Avenue. If you have questions, please email chspao@va.gov.

TRI TAYLOR SPRING CLEAN-UP EVENT

On Saturday, April 21, the Tri-Taylor community will host its spring neighborhood cleanup, Mission: Clean & Green. The event will take place from 8 AM to 12 PM. This is a great chance to help beautify the community that we invest in, and to get to know our neighbors.

The event will kickoff at Washington Irving Elementary School, located at Polk and Oakley. Participants are asked to pre-register here, and to wear green.  For additional ways to help, or for more information, contact Dayna Stinson.

MADE IN CHICAGO. CHANGING THE WORLD.

2100 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612
312 738 5800 info@medicaldistrict.org
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Special Commission Meeting Notice - March 26, 2018

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March 26, 2018

 

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING

RE:      ILLINOIS MEDICAL DISTRICT
            COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING
            March 28, 2018 –  2:30 P.M.
            Illinois Medical District Commission
            2100 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612-3706
            1st Floor, Room 106

 

A Special Meeting of the Illinois Medical District Commission will be held on March 28, 2018, 2:30 P.M., at 2100 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612-3706 in Room 106. This notice is provided pursuant to and in compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120).  

The Catalyst March 2018

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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

I've spoken before about our strategic vision for transforming the IMD into the world's next great innovation district. A key component of that vision is to establish a sense of place in the IMD, where our friends in the Tri-Taylor community are a cornerstone.

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Please join us in giving back to the people who call the IMD home, by volunteering for Tri-Taylor's spring neighborhood cleanup, Mission: Clean & Green. The event will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 8 AM to 12 PM. This is a great chance to help beautify the community that we invest in, and to get to know our neighbors.

The event will kickoff at Washington Irving Elementary School, located at Polk and Oakley. Participants are asked to pre-register here, and to wear green. For additional ways to help, or for more information, contact Dayna Stinson.

We hope to see you there!

-SUZET MCKINNEY, DRPH, MPH

 

IN THE NEWS: CHICAGO LIGHTHOUSE

Our IMD partners at The Chicago Lighthouse made headlines this week with the opening of a new technology center at their Glenview location. FOX 32 News featured the center, which aims to make life easier for individuals with vision impairment through assistive technology.

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The center features 30 devices, including e-sight electronic glasses and an electronic magnifier. To read the report and see a video about the center, click here. You can read more about the Chicago Lighthouse technology program here.

UIC PUBLIC HEALTH ALUMNI CELEBRATION

The UIC school of Public Health invites you to attend its annual alumni celebration. The event will take place on Thursday, April 5 at the Chicago History Museum.

The event will begin at 6 PM with a cocktail hour and museum viewing, followed by a networking session. The evening will conclude with an awards ceremony honoring the accomplishments of alumni.

This year's awardees include IMD CEO Dr. Suzet McKinney, CDC Epidemiologist Philip Ricks and others. You can register for the event here.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: SUPERIOR AMBULANCE EMT PROGRAM

Superior Ambulance is now accepting applications for its EMT apprentice program. The program is an eight-week, paid apprenticeship.

Classes are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5/6 PM, and are located at 395 W. Lake Street in Elmhurst. Attendance is mandatory, and the pay is minimum wage until licensing is completed.

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Superior Ambulance is the newest IMD partner, and the largest EMS provider in the midwest. Superior is committed to making an impact in the IMD and surrounding communities, by providing opportunities for employment and economic growth. Classes begin on April 2. For more information about the program or to register, click here.

WEST SIDE UNITED HEALTH INITIATIVE

Last week, Rush University Medical Center, the IMD, CCHHS, U of I Hospital, and other non profit and government partners launched West Side United. West Side United is a collaborative aimed at building  community health and economic wellness on Chicago's west side.

West Side United's 16 member planning committee announced four priority initiatives for 2018:

  1. Health and Healthcare
  2. Neighborhood & Physical Environment
  3. Economic Variety
  4. Education

These,and other initiatives will guide West Side United in its goal to close the 16 year gap in life expectancy between residents of the loop and some west side communities. If you're interested in getting involved with West Side United, click here.

MADE IN CHICAGO. CHANGING THE WORLD.

2100 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612
312 738 5800 info@medicaldistrict.org
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IMD&U: Learn Our Story. Share Our Vision.

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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