FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
We've had many opportunities this summer to speak publicly about the IMD, and what our partners are doing to help guide us toward our goal of becoming the next great health innovation district. I'd like to share with you a few examples, and let you know of some upcoming opportunities.
In July, the IMD was profiled in an article for Bisnow, a commercial real estate news site. Last week, I was a panelist for a Lendlease event, where we discussed changes in healthcare and their effect on the built environment. I also spoke at the CTA press conference to announce the re-opening of the IMD Blue Line stop.
Later this month, I'll sit on a panel at the BuiltWorlds Cities Conference to discuss the future of urban development, specifically in the healthcare sector.
Finally, on September 6, I'll speak at City Club for the second time as Executive Director of the IMD. The time is now for the IMD to put itself on the map, and a big part of our story is the tremendous impact that IMD partners make in the community, city, county and state. If you'd like to know more about any of these events, of if you're interested in attending, please contact IMD Communications Director Ryan Gage.
-SUZET MCKINNEY, DRPH, MPH
VERTIPORT HELICOPTER SHOW
Helicopters save lives, serve our community, create jobs, deliver our mail, our daily news, and bring film scenes to life and business to Chicago.
On Thursday, August 10, Vertiport will host the first annual Chicago Helicopter Show. Guests will have an opportunity to see the aircraft up close and talk to the pilots and crew of 17 types of helicopters.
The show is free and open to public, and runs from 11 AM to 5 PM at Vertiport, located at 1339 S. Wood Street.
ChicagoCAC BACKPACK DRIVE
Every year, Chicago Children's Advocacy Center hosts a Back to School BackPack Drive.
Children who are served at ChicagoCAC are provided with backpacks filled with school supplies. By providing them with the right tools, ChicagoCAC helps kids succeed in school, and gives their parents one less thing to worry about.
There are several ways you can help ChicagoCAC with this initiative. You can make a donation, host a supply drive or volunteer to help fill backpacks.at the center. For more information, click here or contact Camillle Richardson.
CISCRP 'AWARE FOR ALL' EVENT
The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), in collaboration with local health-based organizations and community advocacy groups,will be hosting AWARE for All: Clinical Research Education Day on October 26, 2017 from 5PM to 8PM at the University of Illinois Chicago Forum (725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608). AWARE for All provides information about the clinical research process and clinical research activity here in Chicago, as well as food, prizes, and free health screenings.
This is a free educational event that serves as a forum for open dialogue between patients, members of the public, and health and research professionals. The event begins at 5PM, with discussions starting at 6PM. Pre-event registration is strongly encouraged; click here to register for free.
IMD BLUE LINE RENOVATIONS
The first phase of the IMD Blue Line renovation is complete. The newly re-opened Damen entrance is now ADA accessible, features a new station house interior, an upgraded platform ramp, new fare equipment and improved interior and exterior lighting.
Work will continue on renovations to the Illinois Medical District station, including temporary closure of the Ogden and Paulina entrances effective Tuesday, July 25, 2017. This phase of the project will include an entirely rebuilt Paulina station house, and upgrades at the Ogden entrance similar to the Damen stop. For more information and updates about the project, click here.