July 22, 2020
CLOCC's 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Message is Front and Center for Summer in Chicago

After months of adaptive planning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) is highlighting the 5-4-3-2-1 Go! family health message in south and west side Chicago communities this summer. At the center of the effort is CLOCC's continued collaboration with the Chicago Park District, enabling 5-4-3-2-1 Go! content to be integrated into Park District summer camp programming. Additionally, 5-4-3-2-1 Go! posters, banners and billboards can now be seen at bus stops, Divvy kiosks and local parks.

Although children's access to Park District summer camp has been limited this year due to COVID-19 safety protocols, CLOCC and Park staff worked to quickly adapt 5-4-3-2-1 Go! educational materials so that they could be accessible and implemented in both camp and home settings. This work is also reflected in CLOCC's Healthy at Home resources, published in response to the pandemic and updated for the summer months.

2020 partner parks include Homan Square Park in North Lawndale, Lafollette Park in Austin and Russell Square Park in South Chicago. To ensure the message creates a lasting footprint outside the summer camp boundaries, CLOCC has been grateful to engage with local community partners, including Family Focus (North Lawndale), Westside Health Authority (Austin) and Claretian Associates (South Chicago).  The opportunity is funded by the Kohl’s Cares Foundation® and represents a continuation of Kohl’s 20-year partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. 
TFAH Policy Brief Spotlights School Meals During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) has published a new policy brief, Beyond School Walls: How Federal, State and Local Entities are Adapting Policies to Ensure Student Access to Healthy Meals During the COVID-19 Pandemic . The brief reviews steps the federal and state governments have taken to ensure students’ access to healthy meals when schools are closed, and what needs to be done to ensure continued meal access as all school systems face uncertainties about how to safely reopen for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Elevated Chicago 2020 Symposium on eTOD
Friday, July 31, Noon/1PM/2PM

A pandemic, an economic recession, and uprisings against racial inequity and police brutality: This is 2020, a year that demands change in our society, our spaces and our spirits. Join Elevated Chicago on Friday, July 31, for our three-part symposium on equitable transit-oriented development. You can register for the noon, 1pm or 2pm segment – or all three.
Webinar Series: Identifying and Dismantling White Supremacy
Beginning Tuesday, August 18

The Racial Equity and Hunger National Learning Network understands that this season in our country is highlighting the reality of racism that we already affirmed needed to be acknowledged and reconciled. There are many facets of racism that are necessary to address as we encourage our members to promote racial equity. Perhaps one of the most important parts of this work is white supremacy. 

From August to November, network members will have an opportunity to walk through a 5-part webinar series on the theme of identifying and dismantling white supremacy. More specifically, this 5-part series will begin to equip our network with the tools, practices and language to feel confident speaking about white supremacy and related concepts (race, racism, anti-black racism, etc.), as well as in their ability to disrupt white supremacy and racism. After the first four webinars, network members will have the opportunity to practice what it means to disrupt white supremacy with other Network members in their area. The webinar series will conclude with a final webinar that will highlight the experiences of network members who started to implement these practices and help network members refine their toolbox to continue disrupting white supremacy. 
CLOCC focuses upstream to identify the fundamental root causes of obesity, and to broaden the scope of our obesity prevention strategies. This work draws from local and national attention to health equity and social influencers of health, such as immigration, education, poverty and racism, all of which have an impact on people's ability to eat healthy and be active where they live, work, learn, and play. If you have comments or questions about this focus, we invite you to reach out to info@clocc.net.
As our public health community responds collectively to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CLOCC will work to provide partners with timely, useful information to help leaders, organizations and families navigate uncharted waters. Suggestions for this newsletter feature can be forwarded to info@clocc.net.
Do you have questions about COVID-19? Lurie Children's COVID-19 Call Center is now OPEN. You can call (312) 227-5300 and speak with a Lurie Children's nurse with questions related to testing criteria, symptoms, donations, or general information. The Call Center is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



  • Food Systems Leadership Network COVID-19 Response Group: The Food Systems Leadership Network COVID-19 Response Group listserv, unique among the many opportunities food systems leaders have to connect and share information and resources, is focused specifically on identifying, amplifying, and replicating the solutions, innovations, and collaborations that are emerging in communities across the US in response to and in the wake of COVID-19.


  • The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition has amassed a comprehensive list of digital education resources, organized by subject and supplemented with links to digital support services. While CCLC focuses on adult education, many resources listed are applicable to families and head-of-households.

  • Pilot Light’s Family Resources are designed for parents and children to provide a time of learning and deeper connection through the act of sharing and making food. This library of resources will continue to grow and include Family Lessons in both English and Spanish, Family Meal Videos, recipes, and more as a way to bring food education into homes.

  • Common Threads supports educators through the use of our digital learning platform, Common Bytes, and is providing free curriculum and training access to everyone. Our students’ health, safety, and wellbeing are our top priority and we will do everything we can to work with local school districts and community partners during this time.


  • ChangeLab Solutions is maintaining a library of COVID-19 resource material that includes sections on legal preparedness, food security, housing, violence prevention and more.

  • Access Living has introduced a compendium of COVID-19 resources for the disability community, with information tailored to additional audiences including those caring for elders, the LGBTQ community, sex workers and people with high-risk comorbidities. This page will be updated routinely during the crisis.

  • The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of Governor JB Pritzker, have established the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund to raise funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families, and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the final round of funding of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund are now available. If your organization would like to apply for funding as part of the final application process, please download the overview and eligibility requirement documents and the FAQ document for details, and then complete the application here. All application materials can be found on the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund website in both English and Spanish.  Applicants will be required to meet all listed eligibility requirements to be considered for funding. The application will close on July 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT.

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