March 31, 2021
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ISBE School Wellness Conference
April 14-15

School nurses, P.E. teachers, school social workers, school nutrition professionals, and others dedicated to the well-being of schoolchildren on Illinois are invited to participate in the Illinois State Board of Education Wellness Conference.

TOPICS: Safe2Help Illinois, Museum of Tolerance, Dietary Guidelines, Year-Round Meals, Self-Care During a Pandemic, Student Perspectives, and more

Location: Virtual Event, April 14-15, 2021
CSPI’s Virtual Sugary Drink Summit
April 20-22

The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s 2021 Virtual Sugary Drink Summit is designed to deepen national, state and local policies that build community capacity for advocacy, improve health and center health equity, while reducing consumption of sugary drinks.

The three-day event will bring together public health experts and advocates to deepen national, state and local policies that build community capacity for advocacy, improve health and center health equity, while reducing consumption of sugary drinks. Speakers will include international policy and research experts, inspiring advocates from the U.S. and abroad, policymakers, public health professionals and more.

Location: Virtual Event, April 20-22, 2021
Where the Sidewalk Ends: It’s Time for a More Walkable Chicago Region
May 11, 2021, Noon - 1:00 PM

Join the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) on Tuesday, May 11th from Noon – 1:00 PM to get a snapshot of the region’s pedestrian environment and hear from organizations who are actively working to make Chicagoland more accessible for all. In addition to highlighting some of the region’s change-agents, this event will also share new research on how local governments can take concrete steps to improve walkability within their communities.

Location: Online Event, May 11, 2021
Organizational Sign-on to Improve the Implementation and Reach of the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans; April 8 Deadline

From -- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Union of Concerned Scientists are requesting organizational signatures in support of FY22 appropriations priorities that would substantially improve the implementation and reach of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Find the full text of the letter here. The deadline to join the letter is Thursday, April 8th. Questions can be directed to Hannah Martin at or Sarah Reinhardt at
Our CLOCC team looks forward, optimistically, to a time when we can convene in person with our Consortium partners. In the meantime, we're continuing to present "CLOCC Faces," an opportunity for you to 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:
Megan Hinchy, MPH
Community Programs Coordinator
What is your role at CLOCC, and how is your work moving the needle on obesity prevention?

I have been working with CLOCC since November of 2016. I started as a project coordinator for CLOCC’s Healthy Corner Store program, where I assisted over 20 corner store owners throughout suburban Cook County to make environmental changes that promote healthy food and healthy eating. In 2018, I transitioned to the position of Community Program Coordinator and began my role as the project coordinator for Chicago ANEHW (Activating Neighborhood Environments for Health and Wellness). This community program tackles childhood obesity with strategies around education, the built environment, and injury prevention. I have also had the privilege to partner with several elementary schools throughout the city, supporting their wellness teams and working toward Healthy CPS goals. One program I am very excited about, currently, is our partnership with the Iglesia Evangelica Emanuel Food Pantry in Belmont Cragin and my work with the West Side United Pantry Initiative group. I am looking forward to improving healthy food access and growing these partnerships in 2021.

Why did you become in interested in obesity prevention?

I had graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus on dietetics, from Purdue University. I knew then that I wanted to help and heal people using food. I started working for WIC (Women Infants and Children) at that time and found my calling. Food is such a personal and integral way to connect with one another and to build a healthy mind, body, and soul. I decided to pursue my Master in Public Health degree from Florida International University. After completing my degree, I moved to Chicago to use my skills to help address the health and wellness inequities between our communities. I had heard about CLOCC when I first moved to the city and had actually applied for a position. Well, I was graciously allowed to get some more real-world experience before bringing me onto the team! I was lucky to work for both the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion and the West Humboldt Park Development Council, which only deepened my desire to work on food access in Chicago. Eventually another opportunity with CLOCC came across my computer and this time I got it!

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

If I am not working, you will likely find me doing something outdoors, travelling, or working on a home project. I am very lucky to be a homeowner and our place is just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. When the weather is warm, I am at the beach almost every day, playing games, swimming, walking, hiking, and getting my Vitamin D fix. My husband and I love to work on our house and yard. We recently built our third garden bed so that we can grow even more fruits, vegetables, and herbs this year. When we aren’t working on our house we love to travel. We are on track to visit every state in the US within the next couple years, and then we will start exploring other countries!

How are you staying healthy and positive in the pandemic?

The recent change in the weather sure is helping! Just getting outside in the fresh warm air improves my mental health immediately. Over the winter, I started riding a stationary bike which was a first for me, but I love it and it is so much easier on my body than running. Now that it is nice out, I will get in some outdoor rides. Another thing I love to do is cook and grill. I have always enjoyed meal planning and Instacart has really helped take away the stress of being in public/in person shopping. Overall, I am just trying to take plenty of "me time," whether it be meditation, yoga, bike rides, baths, or adult coloring!
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
Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Celebrates Passage of Health Care Reform Measures, Marking the Final Pillar of an Agenda Addressing Systemic Racism

From the Office of Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) - The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) is celebrating passage of the Illinois Health Care and Human Service Reform Act, a broad-based measure addressing challenges facing Illinois families including health care access, infant and maternal mortality, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and hospital access in low-income communities.
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
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.


  • New! Nourishing Neighbors, an initiative of the Albertsons Companies Foundation, has established a fund to help local families impacted by the current crisis. This new opportunity includes two priority areas. For both opportunities, intermediary organizations, sponsors, and schools can apply for funding. For more information and to apply.


  • Today, more than ever, it is important to keep one's body and mind, active and healthy. Through the efforts of the staff of the Chicago Park District, who focus on keeping Chicagoans active all year-long, a collection of activities is offered to help Chicago families stay active at home at your leisure.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Fundraising Webinar: Where’s the Money? Funding Your Active Transportation Project. This free webinar from the Safe Routes Partnership on April 22, 2021, Noon - 1:00 PM CT, will share frequently used sources of funding for active transportation projects in the United States. Learn ways to find out what funding is available for your community, and tips for navigating the funding process. Learn more here.

  • 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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