FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Earlier this month, we proudly welcomed to the District our newest IMD partner, Superior Ambulance. Superior is set to begin operations at its largest location in Cook County, a 26,000 square foot facility at the corner of Leavitt and Hastings. Superior's new IMD station will house ambulances, couriers, transit vans, and wheelchair vans. In addition, it is large enough to store equipment from partnering hospitals in the region.
In addition to providing more efficient service to the IMD hospitals, Superior has fully committed to helping support the surrounding community. Superior will create 100 new jobs this year, and has dedicated at least 51% of those jobs to residents of Cook County. Superior also pays the tuition of paramedic school employees, provides paid apprenticeships for EMTs, full benefits to employees, as well as a flexible EMT training class for single mothers. We are proud to welcome them to the IMD community. You can read more about the new partnership here.
-SUZET MCKINNEY, DRPH, MPH
HEKTOEN T.H.E.N. CENTER
Our IMD partners at Hektoen Institute of Medicine, in collaboration with a group of 3 physicians working at various IMD institutions, have co-founded a new center called The Center for the Collaborative Study of Trauma, Health Equity, and Neurobiology (THEN Center).
The Vision of the THEN Center is to create by 2025 "a multidisciplinary community that will design curricula of academic medicine and health science training programs to include core concepts of how adverse experiences and trauma affect neurodevelopment, lifelong health and health equity, as well as strategies for prevention, mitigation and treatment of consequences of trauma."
Hektoen would like to invite people to attend its THEN Center Welcome Celebration. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 17 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM at the IMD Auditorium, located at 2100 West Harrison Street. The event will include appetizers, drinks and conversation. To learn more about Hektoen, click here.
THE WINDING PATH AHEAD WORKSHOP
Urban Autism Solutions will offer a two-part workshop in the month of October for parents of young adults with Autism and other mental health concerns. Each session will focus on integral topics for consideration as parents plan for their students' transition from high school to adult life. These workshops are free and open to the public.
The first session will take place from 6 PM to 8 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, located at 6245 S. Ingleside Avenue. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Heather Tarczan at Heather@JMTF.org.
CITY OF CHICAGO MUNICIPAL ID PROGRAM
The City of Chicago, in partnership with CTA and the Chicago Public Library announced that starting in December 2017, Chicago will become the first city in the nation to issue municipal identification cards. Residents will be able to use the new municipal ID cards to load and pay transit fares, functioning the same way as current Ventra Cards. In addition, the municipal ID cards will connect to the library system, enabling residents to use the card to open a new account, sync an existing account and check out books. The ID cards will also be accepted by all city departments as proof of identification. For more information about the program, click here.
RED CROSS HURRICANE AND EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
In the last month, the American Red Cross has launched a wide-ranging relief effort to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The Red Cross is also supporting the Mexican Red Cross in its response to recent earthquakes. The Red Cross is working day and night to meet emergency and recovery needs for those impacted.
A.R.C .VOLUNTEER ASSISTS WITH IRMA RELIEF
Countless lives have been impacted by these historic storms and earthquake. This large-scale, multi-agency response will take months to help victims and their families recover, but assistance is always welcome. If you'd like to donate to the relief efforts, click here.