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Karen Lewis to Give Keynote Address at Education and Health Equity Forum on August 14

Jul 29, 2014

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group announced today that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at the Cook County Department of Public Health, will be presenting keynote addresses at the upcoming forum Education & Health Equity: Everybody in, Nobody Out which will take place on August 14, 2014 at Malcolm X College.

The forum, the first event of its kind in Chicago, will bring together education and health professionals - as well as advocates, community members, and researchers – to focus on the reciprocal relationship between education and health.

“As a leader in public health in Illinois, we talk about social determinants of health - factors like racism, poverty, and violence - that impact health outcomes, but these factors could also be described as ‘social determinants of education’ that make students more or less likely to access high-quality, effective education,” Health & Medicine’s Executive Director Margie Schaps said. “Yet there are very few opportunities for professionals from the different disciplines to collaborate and problem solve together. This event is a unique opportunity to break down silos and focus on addressing the common challenges we face.”

Read the full press release here.

Board Member Heather O’Donnell Quoted in Tribune

Jul 25, 2014

Health & Medicine Board Treasurer Health O’Donnell recently addressed the Chicago City Council as they debated a proposed ordinance that would temporarily halt the conversion of single-room-occupancy hotels into market-rate housing.

The Chicago Tribune quoted Ms. O’Donnell’s remarks to the Council in their July 23rd story “Committee OKs hold on residential hotel conversions.” Ms. O’Donnell, who is a vice president at Thresholds a social service mental health organization, told the alderman:

“Without SROs, a great many of the 6,000-plus clients that we see every year, most of whom live on (Supplemental Security Income) of $721 a month because of their disability could either be homeless or institutionalized. I cannot underscore enough how difficult it is for our clients to find safe, affordable housing in Chicago.”

Margie Schaps Speaks at Adler School Policy Roundtable

Jul 10, 2014

Health & Medicine’s Executive Director Margie Schaps is speaking today at the Adler School Institute on Social Exclusion’s Policy Roundtable.

Schaps is presenting on “Developing Systems and Working Across Disciplines” and moderating a panel on "Funding Challenges for Health Community Development" at the Roundtable which aims to create plans for taking action on health in all policies, community capacity building, and community assessment and planning. The event brings together a diverse group of stakeholders including community and business leaders, policy makers, and public health and mental health leaders from across the City to discuss ways in which systems can assist individuals and communities to develop locally based solutions that promote health equity.

Schweitzer Seed Grant Recipients Announced

Jul 09, 2014

Health & Medicine and our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program are pleased to award seed grants to four Schweitzer Fellows for Life. The seed grant program, sponsored by the AMA Foundation, supports Schweitzer graduates as they start or build upon innovative health improvement projects in underserved communities.

Three project proposals, involving four Fellows for Life, were awarded a total of $10,000 in funding this grant cycle:

• Chastity Owens, MSW (2007-08 Fellow for Life) and Ben Preyss, MD (2008-09 Fellow for Life) have been awarded a two-year $6,000 grant to continue growing a violence prevention/peer mediation program for predominantly African American high school teens in the Auburn Gresham community.
• Jenna Heffron, MOT, OTR/L (2013-14 Fellow for Life, partnering with Kristi Kirschner, MD) has been awarded a one-year $2,000 grant to create a disability awareness curriculum for elementary and health professional students.
• Rajesh Parikh, MD, MPH (1996-97 Fellow for Life) has been awarded a one-year $2,000 grant. The grant funded project will create a nutritional booklet & log that is culturally-tailored for South Asians to help patients effectively self-manage their chronic diseases.

We’re pleased to welcome this new cohort and are grateful to the AMA Foundation for making this program possible!  The next seed grant cycle will be in January 2015.