FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
On March 15, I hosted a group of faith leaders from across Chicago to discuss the vision and mission of the IMD, and to identify solutions to foster information sharing and collaboration with Chicago's faith community. I updated the leaders on the economic development and public health initiatives taking place throughout the IMD.
We also discussed a variety of relevant issues, including housing and health services for local residents, violence as a public health issue, the impact of systemic poverty, access to healthy lifestyle options and the role of faith in strengthening Chicago's communities.
The IMD looks forward to building strong relationships with Chicago's faith leaders and other community groups to ensure we are responsive to the voices and needs of the west side community.
-SUZET MCKINNEY, DRPH, MPH
ROBESON H.S. RED CROSS VISIT
On March 8th, students from Robeson High School in Englewood with My Block, My Hood, My City program visited the Chicago Red Cross. The students were given a tour of the building, learned about disaster response and blood services and participated in a home fire preparedness training.
My Block, My Hood, My City exposes students to different neighborhoods and organizations in Chicago. For more information about the program, click here.
CHICAGO CAC BEYOND WORDS EVENT
On Sunday, April 8, Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) will host BEYOND WORDS, an open house reception honoring survivors of child sexual abuse during Child Abuse Prevention Month. BEYOND WORDS will feature artwork created by ChicagoCAC clients and The Simple Good students, focusing on the meaning of 'the simple good' in the lives of ChicagoCAC youth.
PHOTO CREDIT: CHICAGO CAC
Guests will also enjoy spoken word poetry, an ice cream sundae bar and the opportunity to create art to contribute to the prevention-focused exhibit. This free event will include discussion of child sexual abuse prevention and survivorship. The event will run from 2 PM to 5 PM. To register, click here.
CHICAT ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
We'd like extend our congratulations to IMD partner The Chicago Center for Arts & Technology (CHICAT) on their one year anniversary!
In spring 2017, CHICAT opened the doors to its IMD facility with one goal in mind: to impact the lives of the city's most under-served residents.
PHOTO CREDIT: MARK BALLOGG
CHICAT offers youth programs in digital art & design, and adult training courses in the lab maintenance/tech and healthcare IT fields. We wish them continued success in empowering and uplifting the west side community!