April 3, 2018

Mark National Public Health Week

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) leads a nationwide effort to celebrate National Public Health Week, an opportunity to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are critical to improving our nation's health. Learn more by clicking the banner below, and promote the conversation about building healthy communities by using the NPHW  social media toolkit here 

There are also myriad upcoming opportunities to continue to support healthy communities locally. Join one of these webinars or take action in Springfield. Contact info@clocc.net with questions. If you have an event you would like to share with the CLOCC network, please submit it here.  

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) Webinar: Tuesday, April 10th, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Join this once-yearly webinar of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity on Tuesday, April 10th.  On this webinar, you will get a chance to hear  from keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Gortmaker, Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Attendees will also receive updates  on IAPO's strategic planning process and what's changed, and have an opportunity to  provide input on revisions to the coalition's State Obesity Action Roadmap objectives.

Greater Chicago Food Depository Public Policy Webinar: Tuesday, April 10th, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository will host a public policy webinar that will provide legislative updates at the federal and state level, as well as advocacy actions over the next several months.

The webinar will explore the impacts a stricter immigration policy is having on communities across Chicago and the nation. Over the past year, the Trump administration had provided new directives on immigration enforcement which have created obstacles and challenges for social service providers in working with immigrant communities
. Among these challenges is access to food.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) will discuss this as well as potential changes to the public charge that could have a significant impact on access to vital services

2018 Illinois Hunger Summit and Lobby Day:
Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9

The Illinois Hunger Summit is an annual conference hosted by the Illinois Commission to End Hunger. Each year, hundreds of community and government leaders convene in Springfield to learn about new policies, programs, and innovations aimed to address hunger. 

The 2018 Summit will feature sessions focused on benefits access, emergency food systems, best practices and No Kid Hungry. 

Lobby Day will take place on May 9th, following the Hunger Summit, as advocates will go to the State Capitol to talk to legislators about important measures to help our food insecure neighbors get the food they need for a healthy life. 
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  • Action for Healthy Kids will grant to nearly 250 schools to support increased breakfast participation. Startup grant amounts range up to $3,000 and will be determined based on a school's ability to provide breakfast at no charge for all students. To be eligible schools must participate in the National School Breakfast Program and have a free and reduced percentage of 40% or greater. Schools previously funded for breakfast efforts are invited to apply for Sustainability/Expansion grants of $1000. Applications are due April 6, 2018. 
  • Action for Healthy Kids will award schools with Game On grants for physical activity and nutrition initiatives that support schools' efforts to improve school and student health and become nationally recognized as a health-promoting school. Grants are for $500 or $1,000, and K-12 schools in all states are eligible to apply. Schools where greater than 50% of students are eligible for free/reduced-price meals may receive priority, but all schools are encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 6, 2018. 
  • The Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS)/Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) will fund Seed Grants that support the development of partnerships and projects that engage communities and stakeholders in research collaboration with Northwestern research teams. Partnership Development awards: Up to $5,000 and up to 12 months. Research Development awards: Up to $20,000 and up to 24 months. Priority will be given to applications focused on addressing health inequities in Chicagoland communities. Application deadline is April 6, 2018. 
  • Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its Parents for Healthy Kids grant opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year. These grants are for parents or parent groups to implement physical activity and nutrition initiatives. Get the full grant details, including application process, at ParentsforHealthyKids.org/grants. You can also view our Parents for Healthy Kids grant webinar recorded on February 22, 2018. Be sure to visit Parents for HealthyKids.org to learn more about how to improve health at school and at home! All applicants will be entered for a chance to win one of 5 ALDI gift cards worth $100 each for their schools. Applications are due April 13, 2018. 
  • The Summer Meals Program grants cycle has opened. Supported by No Kid Hungry, these grants will help organizations expand access to and participation in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supported summer meal programs. Mini-grants up to $5,000 are to be used for equipment, personnel, transportation, and other non-food program expenses. New and returning sponsors are eligible to apply for this grant. Mini-Grant Application Deadline is April 13, 2018.To be eligible for Capacity Building grants up to $10,000 you have to be a returning Summer Meals Sponsor with more than two sites under your sponsorship. Applicants interested in this grant contact, Sonianne Lozada at slozada@gcfd.org. 
  • Recognizing the potential for a spike in violence in Chicago during the summer months, the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of funders committed to aligning their grant making to support proven and promising approaches to reducing gun violence, will once again administer the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a $850,000 fund to support activities by nonprofit organizations that build community cohesion and promote safety and peace. A rapid-response process has been established to receive and review short proposals, and quickly award grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The application deadline is April 17, 2018.*
  • The Kresge Foundation will begin accepting applications on April 2nd for its Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) initiative - "an 18-month leadership development initiative aimed at helping current and future local public health department leaders advance innovative models, which improve their organizations and position them for new opportunities to meet the changing health needs of their communities." The deadline is April 30th. 

Note: As CLOCC moves to include social determinants in an expanded view of obesity factors, we will include news stories and funding opportunities in this newsletter that are relevant to partners who may be working across a broad spectrum of public health areas.   
T he Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) is a nationally recognized leader for community-based obesity prevention. We support, coordinate, and unite partners to promote healthy and active lifestyles for children and families. Our multi-sector approach emerged in Chicago and can be adapted for use anywhere.