FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Earlier this week, I addressed City Club of Chicago for the second time since I became the Executive Director at the IMD. When I look back on all of the progress we've made in the year since my last address, I know that we're moving in the right direction. Many of our partners are progressing with development and renovation projects that are reshaping the District. Joint initiatives such as the West Side Total Health Collaborative and the UIC/Cuban Ministry of Health partnership are yielding impactful idea exchanges and strengthening our sense of collaboration.
This year's address highlighted a summer that has given me many opportunities to share all of the progress we've made. With each opportunity, I've found that word is spreading about the IMD. We're no longer being cast as underutilized and unnoticed. Being able to share so many great initiatives with influential audiences makes me proud to be a part of the IMD community.
I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend.
-SUZET MCKINNEY, DRPH, MPH
RED CROSS RESPONSE: HURRICANE HARVEY
Hurricane Harvey has caused unprecedented amounts of flooding and devastation in Houston. The Red Cross is among the countless number of emergency response teams bringing aid to the tens of thousands of people who have been affected or displaced by this tragic disaster.
FLOOD DAMAGE CAUSED BY HURRICANE HARVEY
Response leadership estimates that the response for the affected communities will extend past Thanksgiving, through Christmas and likely well beyond. Our thoughts are with The Red Cross and all of the emergency response teams who put themselves in harm's way in order to help those in need. Of course, no one organization can do it alone. If you'd like to assist with the relief effort, you can donate here.
INFANT MORTALITY SYMPOSIUM
On September 8th, the UI Health Cancer Center will host a symposium on Innovative Approaches to Reduce Infant Mortality. The symposium will bring together local, national, and international leaders in infant mortality and maternal and child health. Discussions will include a historical overview of infant mortality in the United States and examples of innovative approaches to reduce infant mortality. The symposium will be interactive and is meant to open dialogue between maternal and child health experts, mothers, and community leaders.
On September 9th, key funding partners will be available to discuss innovation and collaboration in funding for researchers, academicians, nonprofits, and community organizations. The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is limited to 150 attendees. Register here.
ChicagoCAC CIRCLES OF SAFETY TRAINING
Protecting children from sexual abuse means understanding healthy sexuality across all stages of childhood. Through this training, you'll learn about sexual development in children and youth so that you can better discern expected and potentially concerning behaviors. We as providers, parents and caregivers are better able to foster safety and prevent child sexual abuse with this important knowledge.
JESSE BROWN VA VETERAN TOWN HALL
The Jesse Brown VA will host a Veteran Town Hall on Tuesday, September 12 at 10 AM at the Chicago Heights Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The goal of the Town Hall is to allow and enhance feedback from Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries of VA services.
Veterans and their families, community partners, stakeholders including Veteran Service Organizations, congressional staff and members of the public are invited to attend. For questions or assistance, please contact the Jesse Brown VA Office of Public Affairs by email or by phone at 312-569-6402.