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Action Alert: Support All Kids

Apr 11, 2016

On July 1, 2016, unless the Illinois General Assembly and Governor take action, almost 41,000 Illinois children will lose access to healthcare.

Support HB 5736, amending the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Act to extend the repeal date from July 1, 2016 to October 1, 2019.

Sign a witness slip as a proponent in 5 quick steps:

  1. Click here to access a witness slip for HB 5736 before it is heard before the House Appropriations Human Services Committee. (Deadline: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016).
  2. Provide the required personal information.
  3. In the Position section, you will note that you are a Proponent.
  4. In the Testimony section, check: “Record of Appearance Only” if you only plan to submit a witness slip.
  5. Forward this action alert to others.

You can also call legislators to let them know that you support HB 5736 to amend the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Act to extend the repeal date from July 1, 2016 to October 1, 2019.

Updates about HB 5736 will be discussed at the Health & Medicine forum on April 14, 2016.  Register here.


Loyola University Chicago to Host an Issue Briefing on Lead Poisoning in Chicago and Cook County - April 4, 2016

Mar 30, 2016

Health & Medicine is proud to be a co-sponsor of an upcoming event hosted by Loyola University Chicago on health challenge of national and local significance: lead poisoning.

The recent lead crisis in Flint has raised public awareness of the problem of childhood lead poisoning in Chicago, and its devastating impact on children, families, and communities. Join government officials, advocates, researchers, physicians, community members, among others, for a public forum to discuss lead in Chicago and Cook County.

Issues to be discussed include:
-How extensive is the risk of children being lead poisoned?
-What are the sources of lead and their effects on children?
-How do the city and county currently respond?
-What remedies are available?

The State of the City and County: An Issue Briefing on Lead Poisoning in Chicago and Cook County
Monday, April 4, 2016
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL | Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
RSVP Here

Announcing the Agenda for the Schweitzer 20th Anniversary Conference

Mar 24, 2016

Our Schweitzer 20th Anniversary Conference: Improving Community Health Together on April 30th truly has something for everyone! Featuring presentations from Schweitzer alumni, community providers, and academics, this can't-miss-event is open to all and topics will include:

  • Community Gardening for Non-gardeners
  • Community Engagement and Outreach with Military Veterans and Their Families
  • Working with Justice-Involved Populations
  • Streetside Manner: Meeting Homeless People Where They Are
  • View the full agenda
The conference is part of a weekend of 20th Anniversary events including a kick-off celebration on Friday, April 29 featuring a Schweitzer Fellows for Life party as well as the presentation of the Schweitzer Leadership Award to Meade Palidofsky of Storycatchers Theatre. The celebrations will conclude with a service day for alumni and the community on Sunday, May 1.

For more details and to RSVP, click here.

Meade Palidofsky of Storycatchers Theatre to receive 2016 Schweitzer Leadership Award

Mar 17, 2016

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Program are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Schweitzer Leadership Award honoring an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in their community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.

This year, we are excited to honor Meade Palidofsky, founder and artistic director of Storycatchers Theatre, a youth development arts organization that prepares young people to make positive life choices through the process of writing, producing, and performing original musical theatre inspired by personal stories. An award-winning playwright and lyricist, in her role at Storycatchers, Ms. Palidofsky has produced more than 100 original musicals based on the real life stories of incarcerated youth in Illinois working to create brighter futures for court-involved youth.

Ms. Palidofsky will be honored as part of our Schweitzer 20th Anniversary weekend from April 29-May 1, 2016 at a reception on Friday, April 29, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Loyola University, Regents Hall. For more information or to register, click here.