Issue 59 | April 2021
QCHI E-Newsletter
QCHI Fun Fact: Did you know the first Quad City Health Initiative Board was formed 22 years ago THIS MONTH?! It began with various community leaders, from multiple sectors, wanting to create a healthier Quad Cities.
The Quad City Health Initiative (QCHI) is a proud member of the QC COVID-19 Coalition, which oversees, Now that vaccinations have opened up to all (16 and older), let's ALL vaccinate!
Open Options
Sharing local updates/resources re the COVID-19 response
It's open season! Baseball typically begins, buds and blossoms are waking up, and trails, parks, and their amenities are more widely opening (although plenty are available for use year round-- just check out Most importantly, the COVID-19 vaccines are now open to all (16 and older).

Consider SEVERAL options, in both Illinois and Iowa, from our local health systems, county health departments, and pharmacies. Some walk-in availability is even starting to open, free transportation options are offered in certain areas, AND live music is featured at two of the mass vaccination clinics, featuring members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Go to the one-stop-shop for all available vaccine links and details, compiled by the QC COVID-19 Coalition at
QC Trail of the Month
Detailing a regional trail for your next adventure

Speaking of vaccine clinics (now open to ALL, 16 and older), you may have heard "Camden" quite a bit in the news lately. It's the site of the Rock Island County Health Department-National Guard Clinic. But did you know behind the clinic building there's an entire park and network of walking paths?! Yep.

The park even has a couple of disc golf courses-- a great way to get some exercise as you hike through a mix of wooded and open areas.

Check out Camden Park's full page of details on
PHOTO COURTESY: Bi-State Regional Commission

Don't forget to follow QC Trails on Facebook.
Board Stories
Revealing a personal side to our Board Members and why they're committed to QCHI and the health of our community
QCHI Board Member and Genesis Health System President-CEO opens up about family health challenges he faced when he was young and how they shaped his professional motivation.

Read the rest of Doug Cropper's story in our latest "Board Stories" edition HERE.
Resource Corner
Showcasing local/regional opportunities re nutrition/physical activity (pillars of our Be Healthy QC Coalition!)
Nothing says "yum" and "unique" like our local food markets, and outdoor season opens for many of them May 1st! Check out their Facebook pages or details below for the latest:

And registration is still open for Iowa Healthiest State Initiative's Virtual Conference on "Keeping Iowa's Workforce Mission Ready: Sharing Preventative Health Services and Programs for Employees and Citizens." It all happens THIS Thursday, the 29th (registration closes at 11:59 p.m., the 28th). Learn more HERE.

We're glad you opened this latest edition of QCHI news! Bottom line: be open to a healthier you by eating right, moving more, and getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
Get vaccinated as soon as you can | Stay home as much as possible, especially when sick | Wear a face covering | Watch your distance | Wash hands frequently | #togetherqc

Proud partner of the QC COVID-19 Coalition
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