March 17, 2021
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CLOCC NEWS
Illinois Commission to End Hunger Releases
Plan to End Food Insecurity

The Illinois Commission to End Hunger has introduced a new blueprint to address food insecurity in the State. The plan, “From Food Insecurity to Food Equity: A Roadmap to End Hunger" features a three-part strategy to connect food insecure residents to nutrition assistance programs while promoting equitable access to food.

The plan's strategies include:

  • Leveraging technology to make it easier for people to apply for nutrition programs
  • Harnessing innovation to improve access to nutrition programs and food retail
  • Strengthening collaboration across state agencies and community partners to help enroll people in programs

When introducing the Roadmap last week, officials indicated that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 1.6 million Illinoisans were participating in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). However, in the early months of the pandemic, over 35,000 SNAP applications were submitted in Illinois each week, up from an average of 9,000 weekly.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Are you hiring, or do you know of open positions in the fields of obesity prevention, nutrition, physical activity or Chicago's greater public health community? Submit openings here, or email info@clocc.net to promote opportunities to the CLOCC network.
Chicago Botanic Garden,
Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Coordinator, Farm on Ogden
For almost 20 years, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm has served as a vital youth-development program for high school students in and around the city of Chicago. This summer employment opportunity exposes youth to various issues around local food systems and nurtures leadership and community engagement through paid employment on an urban farm. The Program Coordinator plays a pivotal role in ensuring these general goals are met. This includes working as part of the larger Windy City Harvest team to ensure the program is of the highest quality and reflects the vision of the program through individual and community empowerment. This is a full-time, salaried position located at the Farm at Ogden in Chicago, working Monday through Friday. Learn more or apply here.
The Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility,
Program Manager, Baumhart Review
This position will oversee the development, launch, and ongoing execution of a new media platform, called the Baumhart Review, that will serve as a leading source of commentary and tools at the intersection of purpose and profit. We are seeking someone with an entrepreneurial mindset, experience in journalism or communications, a passion for harnessing the positive power of business strategy, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more or apply here.

The Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility,
Program Coordinator
This position will oversee the coordination, operations, and logistical support for programs and events, including the Baumhart Scholars MBA, the DEI Leadership Institute, and the Leading for Good conference. We are seeking someone with project management skills, an entrepreneurial mindset, a passion for harnessing the positive power of business strategy, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more or apply here.
Chicago Food Policy Action Council & Illinois Public Health Institute,
Good Food in Healthcare Consultant
CFPAC and IPHI seek a consultant or consulting group to initiate implementation of the Good Food in Healthcare project within the Alliance of Health Equity at IPHI. The consultant will support IPHI, CFPAC, and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) to: build a cohort of local hospitals focused on good food purchasing, develop and disseminate educational materials, liaise with healthcare and local food supply chain partners, routinely collaborate with project staff and partners, and support hospital cohort members with long-term planning to adopt good food purchasing standards. Learn more here (.pdf).
CLOCC FACES
It has been over a year since our last traditional CLOCC meeting and we miss our face-to-face interaction with friends and colleagues from across the network. While we look forward optimistically to our next in-person convening, we're continuing to publish "CLOCC Faces," so that you can learn a little more about the CLOCC staffers who are your teammates in the fight against childhood obesity, here in Chicago and beyond.
This week's featured CLOCC Face:
Dominique Johnson
Community Programs Coordinator
What is your role at CLOCC, and how are you moving the needle on obesity prevention?

I am a Community Programs Coordinator and have been a part of the CLOCC team for five years. In that time, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with communities on the South Side, working to address food access through connecting with partners involved with emergency food, food retail, food deserts, school wellness, and food as medicine projects. Prior to the pandemic, I have had the privilege of attending community meetings, quality of life planning, and helping to develop the strategies to rebuild Chicago’s food landscape. Using the knowledge gained from the communities I serve, I partner with public health advocates and practitioners to use data to tell the story of the existing food conditions in Chicago and develop implementation projects and plans to improve Chicago.

How did you become in interested in obesity prevention, and what is the most exciting part about working for CLOCC?

Prior to CLOCC, I worked for five years for Near North Health Services, working with the Women, Health and Children Program (WIC). While working at WIC, I provided nutrition education and supplemental foods for families on the South and West sides of Chicago. At that time in my life, I thought that by providing nutrition education to families, I would be able to change their lives. I quickly learned that for many of the communities I served, their environment did not match the messages I encouraged my clients to live by. My second year at WIC, I began attending CLOCC meetings, increasing my public health knowledge. The opportunity to apply as a Coordinator at CLOCC came up and I was excited to join and impact the Chicago environment. The most exciting part of my work to me is working directly with communities, hearing their stories and working directly with them to change the current food environment.

What is one thing you wish our partners knew about CLOCC, or about your work?

Our partners are the backbone of our work. My role at CLOCC provides me the privilege to work side by side with community leaders, residents and other stakeholders to change the food landscape as we know it. I'd like our partners to know how CLOCC creates that progress through three frameworks: communication, convening and collaborating. Through convening and communication, we can, together, identify community needs and opportunities where collaboration will have an impact. It is through this process that I've been grateful to have an impact in our neighborhoods, working directly on projects such the FRESH Market that will be opening this summer on 63rd & Racine, the Englewood Quality of Life Planning process, the Kraft Heinz workshops and school wellness implementation with CPS.

Where can we find you when you're not working?

When I can get away from work, I love to travel the world. I love learning about other cultures, trying new foods and having the opportunity to explore new parts of the world that are different than the world I navigate every day. During the pandemic, I safely traveled to Nevada, Missouri and Florida. I am currently planning to go to Italy and few other cities in Europe.

How are you staying healthy and positive in the pandemic?

As a Dietetic Technician, staying healthy through diet and exercise has always been an area I value and uphold in my daily life. This year, working from home has come with many challenges and rewards. To stay positive, I like to listen to audiobooks and music. Currently, I am listening to Everyday a Friday by Joel Osteen. This book highlights the need for us as people to find happiness and joy in the little things, and to not allow our circumstances to dictate our joy and perspective. I also love listening to gospel music - my favorite singer is Kirk Franklin.
FOCUS UPSTREAM
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.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Publishes Federal Policy Recommendations to Advance Health Equity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published a series of policy briefs include evidence-based recommendations to help people through the immediate health and economic crises and longer-term recommendations to ensure a fair and just opportunity for health. The recommendations are structured in three sections:

  • Improving Housing Affordability and Stability to Advance Health Equity—Key Findings and Considerations for Policymakers (download .pdf)

  • Increasing Access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to Advance Health Equity—Key Findings and Considerations for Policymakers (download .pdf)

  • Increasing Access to Affordable and Comprehensive Health Insurance—Key Findings and Considerations for Policymakers (download .pdf)
CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN THE MEDIA
RESOURCES: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
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. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and closed Sunday.

Additionally, if you would like to contact a social worker, psychologist or child life specialist for information on community referrals or coping resources, you can call (312) 227-4118 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.
VACCINE RESOURCES

COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDING


RESEARCH AND REPORTS

  • Over Half Of Chicago Parents Struggle At Home During Pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to parenting for Chicago moms and dads as entire families live, work and attend school together at home, according to a survey from Voices of Child Health in Chicago, housed at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

FOOD ACCESS



  • 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.

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION & CHILD CARE

  • CLOCC has introduced "CLOCC Healthy at Home for Chicago Public Schools," a free, comprehensive collection of resources to assist teachers, staff and Healthy CPS partners provide kids and families with knowledge and resources to assist with schooling at home during the pandemic.



  • Garfield Park Conservatory has made available "Nature Play Every Day," a collection of printable activity materials to learn more about plants, nature, and everything in between.

  • Common Threads is offering our Small Bites Nutrition Education program for FREE to Elementary Students in an On-Demand format. Learners can explore nutrition topics through nine interactive lessons hosted on the educational platform Nearpod. Each lesson will feature engaging activities, snack making videos, and more. Click here.

  • Action for Healthy Kids created and collected resources to help families, educators and school staff keep kids active and stay healthy while navigating a new school year amid uncertainty. Resources will be added continually.

  • 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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • 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 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.



FUNDING AND RECOGNITION OPPORTUNITIES
  • The Chicago Design Challenge is a multi-year initiative to identify and invest in the city’s most promising innovations designed to accelerate learning recovery and well-being in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The challenge will award grants in two phases – planning and execution – and will fuel the design, measurement, and implementation of new approaches to supporting students. Program implementation should begin during the 2021-2022 school year. The ultimate goal of the challenge is to elevate promising innovations to reach hundreds of thousands of students with the support of public funding over time. We are currently accepting applications until April 5. We encourage all potential applicants to watch the recording of our informational webinar, learn more or apply here.
  • Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) announced a unique grant opportunity for nonprofit organizations located in Colorado and Illinois to further address the goal of addressing social determinants of health (SDOH). TCI has partnered with NowPow, a personalized community referral platform designed to establish connectivity between clinical solutions, human services and educational resources on behalf of people in need. NowPow’s platform allows organizations to easily work collaboratively with other agencies to provide a well-rounded continuum of care for those in your community. This step is a key component to making SDOH data and information available and actionable to best serve those in need. This special TCI grant will cover the start-up costs and one year of membership for organizations to participate in this community-connecting work. The award range will be between $50,000 and $75,000. The NowPow grant is currently available to only agencies in Illinois and Colorado. There is no deadline for applying; however, there are a limited number of grants available. Learn more or apply here.
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