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Radical History Tours at APHA in Chicago - Oct. 31 & Nov. 1

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is pleased to offer five Radical History Tours at this year’s APHA meeting in Chicago. The tours are being co-sponsored by: the Spirit of 1848 Caucus, the Nursing Section, and the Occupational Health and Safety Section of APHA. In addition to four scheduled tours, a self-guided tour (with a printable PDF guide) will be made available (full descriptions of each tour and additional registration information is below).

On-line registration for tours has now closed. For questions, contact Wesley Epplin at wepplin@hmprg.org
To allow the most people to participate, only one tour registration is permitted per person.
A portion of tickets have been set aside for students at a lower rate and we ask that only students purchase tickets using that student rate. 
When tours sell out, there will be a waitlist for each tour, which may be used in case of cancellations.


Tours

Little Village Community Tour
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015 Time: 1:00 – 3:00
Student ticket price: $12

Non-student ticket price: $16
Since the 1970s, the Little Village neighborhood has been a key site for immigrants from Mexico and other Latino immigrants. In earlier periods, predominant immigrant groups were, in the 19th Century, from Ireland and Eastern Europe (especially Poland). The tour of this ethnic enclave of predominately Mexican-born people will detail cultural practices related to labor, health, art, and food as explored through themes of place based-health, social determinants of health, built environment, health disparities, and Hispanic paradox. Focusing on the rich natural and cultural history of the community, this 2 ½ mile tour will include several interpretive and interactive stops, including many murals, a visit to the local day laborer employment post, local clinics, bodegas, and pharmacy-based emergent care clinic to depict a common narrative view on the health experience of many undocumented and uninsured people. Travel to and from the tour will be provided via charter bus and significant parts of the tour will be completed via sidewalks.

Thanks to the generous support of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, this tour will conclude with food and participants will receive a souvenir button.

Haymarket Square Tour and Reenactment
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015 Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (w/ option to have dinner/drinks w/ others at Haymarket Brewery)
Student ticket price: $7
Non-student ticket price: $10
In 1886, many Americans labored 14 hours a day, six days a week, for wages that couldn’t support a family. On May 1st, workers across the country went on strike for an 8-hour day—and on May 4, in Haymarket Square, Chicago, a demonstration took place to protest the police violence and political repression of the strike. The demonstration was terminated by the arrival of a large group of police, who told the crowd to disperse – and then a bomb went off in the midst of the police force, wounding 66, and killing seven. Immediately, eight anarchists were charged with the bombing, despite the absence of  physical evidence implicating them. The incident divided the country (and continues to be debated) and also led to May Day, the international labor holiday on May 1st. Join us for a tour of Haymarket with live historical reenactments of the riot and the trial. Then, come along to the local Haymarket Brewery to debrief over food and drinks and meet fellow radicals (this is optional and costs are not included with ticket). Travel to and from the tour will include meeting together at the convention center and using the Chicago Transit Authority, plus walking a short distance to the start of the tour.  The tour will be completed via sidewalks.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and UIC African-American Cultural Center
Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015 Time:  3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Student ticket price: $15

Non-student ticket price:
$20

Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and UIC African-American Cultural Center for a tour and dialogue at the intersection of public health and activism.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum: Founded in 1889 as a social settlement, Hull-House functioned as a site for organizing, direct service, and advocacy around issues of hygiene, sanitation, occupational health, and reproductive justice. Hull-House nurses, social workers, and labor activists believed that health was a basic human right and fought to create healthy homes, workplaces, and recreational spaces throughout the neighborhood. The Hull-House tour will conclude with an exploration of Into Body Into Wall a collaboration with 96 ACRES, a sit-responsive artist project which engages the physical and mental space of Cook County Jail and its effects on families and communities.

African American Cultural Center: A Choreography of Contagion: The Absence and Presence of Black Bodies in Public Health Campaigns. This exhibition convenes public health, visual, and performing arts practices and perspectives to investigate the impacts of how people of African descent have been represented in public health campaigns. Anchored by a collage of newspaper prints and images from private institutions, health journals, and popular media, the project explores how public health campaigns artfully deploy metaphors, images, and symbols to convey complex meanings about Black bodies and infectious disease. Contagion is rooted in a participatory action research approach that involves exhibit visitors in the process of understanding and addressing the fraught interplay between health and racism, mobility, and displacement. To that end, visitors will participate in asset mapping and other embodied activities that engage exhibit themes and content.

Travel to and from the tour will include a charter bus.  There will be a short walk between the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the African American Cultural Center on UIC’s campus.  Following the tour, the bus will stop and drop off people at the Health Activist Dinner before returning to the convention center for final drop-off.

Old Cook County Hospital, John H. Stroger Cook County Hospital, and Community Nursing History
Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015 Time: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Student ticket price: $12

Non-student ticket price:
$16

The old Cook County Hospital, which shut down in 2002, was pivotal in radical health care organizing in the US, including exposing the travesty of “patient dumping” in the 1980s. It was replaced by the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, which continues to serve medically underserved populations. Some of APHA’s past presidents have been steeped in the politics and struggles of Cook County, most recently Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH (served: 2011-2012), and also Quentin Young, MD, MS (served: 1998-1999).  The tour will include a narrated bus tour around the old Cook County Hospital and an inside tour of Stroger hospital.  The afternoon will conclude with a tour of the Midwest Nursing History Research Center, located at the UIC College of Nursing, with a focus on the history of community health nursing in Chicago.  Travel will include a charter bus to and from the tour, with the bus going around the old Cook County Hospital, stopping for a tour inside of Stroger Hospital, and travel to the UIC College of Nursing.  Following the tour, the bus will stop and drop off people at the Health Activist Dinner before returning to the convention center for final drop-off.

A City of Neighborhoods: On the Green Line, a Self-Guided Tour from Bronzeville to Oak Park
Date and time: Anytime
Cost: Free, except for the cost of transit
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Chicago has 77 distinct community areas and many social phenomena, have influenced how each of these neighborhoods have developed into communities. Through this self-guided tour, users will travel along one of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) “L” Trains, the Green Line, with a focus on the pervasiveness of gentrification and segregation, and how these have contributed to gross health inequities across Chicago community areas. Participants will gain insight on the political and historical creation of the Green Line, be provided with information on historical landmarks to go and see at each highlighted El stop, and have the opportunity to learn about the diverse and rich communities that make up the “City of Neighborhoods”.   Printable PDF guide is forthcoming.

Registration Information
  • To allow the most people to participate, only one tour registration is permitted per person (people who register for more than one tour will be asked to choose one).
  • A portion of tickets have been set aside for students at a lower rate and we ask that only students purchase tickets using that student rate. Once student tickets sell out, students are welcome to buy tickets at the non-student rate as well (although again, we expect tickets may sell out quickly).
  • When tours sell out, there will be a waitlist for each tour, which may be used in case of cancellations.
  • Cancellations: We understand that plans change and there may be cancellations.  If you register and need to cancel, we ask that you do so as soon as possible out of respect for others who may wish to participate. Barring last minute scheduling changes, we ask for at least a week’s notice for cancellations.  If and when Health & Medicine receives a canceled registration, we will use the waitlist (in order of registration on that list) for the given tour and allow 12 hours to respond before moving to the next person on the list.
  • Questions or concerns: For any questions or concerns about the tours, please email Health & Medicine Policy Research Group at info@HMPRG.org.