March 5, 2019
Open for Registration
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Exploring the Complex 
Between Immigration and Obesity

RSVP Today for this Working Discussion on March 20th

In 2018, CLOCC began to convene smaller, strategic meetings to focus on the social determinants of childhood obesity. Our November 2018 meeting brought the network back together to learn about the issues we had been exploring in 2018 and to begin developing recommendations for key social determinants of health and related topics. With this meeting, we return to the working discussion approach. 

On March 20th, attendees will learn about the ways in which current immigration policy and political discourse influence children's and families' ability to eat healthy and be physically active. We will share research on the topic and learn about the local immigration landscape, with a focus on Chicago communities with large immigrant populations. Discussion will focus on how CLOCC partner organizations can integrate a focus on immigration into obesity prevention programming and how our network can engage to influence immigration policies and practices at the city, state, and federal levels. We will identify potential solutions and opportunities for collaboration.

You should consider attending this meeting if you or your organization serve immigrant communities or are actively engaged in health and immigration issues.

If you are unsure if this meeting is appropriate for you or your organization, feel free to contact CLOCC staff at , or Lucy Gomez-Feliciano at (312) 227-6957.

Date:  Wednesday, March 20th
Time: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital,  225 E. Chicago Avenue, 11th Floor Conference Cent er 
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Chicago Park District Begins Summer Hiring
Share With Your Networks and Help Grow Healthy Habits for Park District Summer Camp Kids

Seasonal work in a summer camp setting is an excellent opportunity for individuals looking to kick off a career working with kids, and the Chicago Park District is now hiring for a variety of summer program positions. Counselors and activity leaders can play a critical role in stopping the " summer slide," when children's health and health behaviors can decline without access to the structured nutrition and physical activity available during the school year.  

Applicants may apply for as many jobs for which they are qualified. Individuals must be at least 16 years of age by June of 2019 in order to work for the District (hiring ages for the District is 16-99). 

Of note, CLOCC - with the support of Kohl's Cares ® - will again be teaming up with the Chicago Park District this summer to introduce 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® messaging to summer camp participants in Rogers Park (Loyola Park), Pilsen (Dvorak) and Englewood (Hamilton).  However, even if an individual is not working in one of these intervention parks, the opportunity to excite and inspire kids around health is exceptionally valuable. Contact with questions.   

2019 PlayStreets LOIs Accepted Now Through March 22nd

Gads Hill Center is leading the 2019 PlayStreets initiative in Chicago's North, West, & South sides, and is looking to collaborate with 30 community-based organizations to bring this Chicago Department of Public Health community engagement initiative to communities across the city.

PlayStreets encourages community residents to lead active and healthy lifestyles through the creation of safe, fun, and accessible spaces that promote physical wellness and healthy communities, provide additional health services, and strengthen community relationships by engaging community leaders and its residents.

March 22nd - Final Day LOIs accepted for 2019 consideration
April 1st - Final Day invites for Final Proposals sent via email
May 1st - Final Day Proposals accepted for 2019 consideration
May 8th - 2019 PlayStreets Implementing CBOs announced

Letters of Interest (LOI) will be accepted until March 22nd. Contact Gabriela at or (312) 226-0963×291 for more information about joining PlayStreets efforts in Chicago's North, West, and South area communities.  Learn more here. 

Join the ActiveTrans Push for Faster and More Reliable Bus Service in Chicago

Chicagoans take  over 800,000 rides  every day on the city's buses, connecting them to jobs, schools, healthcare, food and other necessities. Buses are increasingly getting  stuck in traffic  and  service becomes slow and unreliable , which has contributed to the 21 percent decrease in ridership since 2012. Meanwhile, use of rideshare such as Uber and Lyft has increased, straining the City's traffic infrastrcuture and reducing safety for pedestrians and cyclists. 

ActiveTrans has issued a Call to Action for faster and more reliable buses. Use their easy form to  tell your alderman and Chicago's current and future mayors that you want to see a plan for at least 50 miles of new transit priority streets.

Additionally, ActiveTrans, CLOCC and other advocates for safe and accessible streets are tracking two new pieces of legislation  in the new Illinois General Assembly.

SJR0024 "IDOT-Complete Streets - Bicycles" - This resolution urges the Illinois Department of Transportation to take certain steps to advance implementation of the State's Complete Streets Law and 2012 bicycle plan.

SB2016 "ITEP DOT Supplemental Funding" - This bill provides that, in addition to any other funding that may be provided to the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) from federal, State, or other sources, the Department of Transportation will set aside an amount equal to 2% of the total appropriation received to apply to projects in the categories of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, streetscape projects, and the conversion of abandoned railroad corridors to trails. Click the link for the full description of the bill.

Participate in the Vision Zero Driver Survey

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Vision Zero initiative is collaborating with graduate students at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago to collect firsthand information about driving behaviors. Survey results will help to inform the design of programs aimed at reducing vehicle crashes. Responses will be confidential and anonymous and will only be analyzed together with all other survey responses.

Safer streets create better environments for walking, cycling and other forms of active transportation. Please complete this survey and share with your networks. 

Lurie Children's SCHROA Evaluation Core 
to Host Free Training on March 20th

The Evaluation Core of the Smith Child Health Research, Outreach and Advocacy (SCHROA) Center at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is offering a FREE evaluation training:  "Creating Pre and Post-Program Surveys for Program Evaluation" on March 20th, 2019. This session will be held from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Join Maryann Mason, PhD, and Sarah Welch, MPH, as they lead an interactive workshop on the use of surveys in program evaluation including:
  • Determining when surveys are an appropriate method
  • Tips and techniques for adapting/creating surveys
  • Pre and post survey administration strategies
  • The basics of pre to post survey data analysis
  • Networking opportunities
Seats are limited and RSVP is required. 

Contact: to secure your spot.  

For more about the Evaluation Core, click here
  • Applications for the 2019 ComEd Green Region  grant cycle are now open. Recognizing that open space in our communities is a crucial element of the quality of our lives, the ComEd program awards grants to public agencies supporting their efforts to plan for, protect, and improve open space in ComEd's service area of northern Illinois. Openlands partners with ComEd to administer the program. Grants of up to $10,000 support open space projects that focus on planning, acquisition, and improvements to local parks, natural areas, and recreation resources. The deadline to complete applications is March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) is pleased to announce the availability of funding to advance the Healthy Chicago 2.0 vision for the city. The 2019 Healthy Chicago 2.0 Seed Grant aims to build community power to address local conditions that influence health and fund projects that improve the built environment so that residents can live in healthy communities. This funding is aligned with a larger collaborative effort, Elevated Chicago (Elevated), to drive systems change towards greater racial equity in the built environment. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is available to projects that aim to improve community walkability within a ½ mile radius of one of the seven selected Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train stops identified by Elevated. By improving walkability, these projects will promote safety, physical activity, social connectedness, and the use of more active modes of transportation like walking and public transit - all of which are good for health. The review process is underway and all proposals are due March 19, 2019. 
  • In order to get every kid healthy and ready to learn, Action for Healthy Kids' Game On Grants provide funding and resources for schools to improve or introduce new nutrition and physical activity programs. With a $1,000 grant, you can build a school garden, get equipment for active recess, host taste tests, and other nutrition promotion, start a before- or after-school activity club, and more. Grants are available in all states. Applications are open from February 4 through April 5, 2019.
  • Despite wanting to do what's best for students' health, many schools lack the necessary resources to implement health and wellness practices that help students eat better and stay physically active. Action for Healthy Kids provides $1,000 grants to parent groups to help them accomplish their school's student wellness goals. These grants, which are sponsored by ALDI, are designed for parents or parent groups (e.g. PTAs, PTOs, other) to lead school-based physical activity or nutrition initiatives and to engage more parents in student and family health. Applications for parent-led grants for the 2019-2020 school year are open through Friday, April 5, 2019. Schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced-priced meals may receive priority, as well as schools located within 15 miles of an ALDI store, but all schools are encouraged to apply.

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.