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.
TRI TAYLOR NEIGHBORHOOD
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.
IMAGE CREDIT: CHICAGO LIGHTHOUSE
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.
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:
- Health and Healthcare
- Neighborhood & Physical Environment
- Economic Variety
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.