November 11, 2020
Recapping our Partner Survey of COVID-19 Concerns

In April, 2020, as the enduring nature of the COVID-19 pandemic was becoming more clear, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) surveyed the partner network to identify which programs, tools and resources would assist with promoting nutrition and physical activity in remote and stay-at-home settings. CLOCC staff have summarized the concerns expressed in the survey, and added the Consortium’s completed and ongoing efforts to address those concerns.
Chicago's Parents are More Worried About COVID-19 Than Parents Elsewhere in the U.S.
Report demonstrates how parent demographics affect stress about COVID-19, and illustrates preferences in sources of health information

More than three in five Chicago parents (64 percent) were very concerned about COVID-19 affecting their family’s health, according to new survey results released by Voices of Child Health in Chicago, which is housed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Chicago parents were surveyed May – July, 2020. Their responses are in sharp contrast to the results from a national poll in July, which found that only 49 percent of U.S. adults were very worried about COVID-19 infecting them or someone in their family.

The report revealed levels of concern that also varied with parental demographics, including race/ethnicity and income. Across groups of parents in Chicago by race/ethnicity, non-Latinx Black parents were the most likely to express that they were “very concerned” (75 percent), compared with Latinx parents (69 percent), multi-racial/other parents (63 percent) and non-Latinx White parents (49 percent).

Of note for health advocates, the survey revealed levels of trust for medical information sources that also varied with parent demographics. In general, parents all across the city of Chicago also found that they had the greatest trust in information about COVID-19 from their own or their child’s doctor (62 percent and 61 percent, respectively). Trust in other COVID-19 information sources they used was lower – such as public health websites (48 percent), news on television or online (25 percent), and social media (16 percent).

Join IAPO for Annual Meeting & Anniversary Events Next Week

Join the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) coalition next month as they celebrate a decade of obesity prevention. This year, IAPO will be hosting a virtual convening on November 16th and 17th, 2020, to recognize the past 10 years and to look ahead on our work to create a healthy and equitable Illinois.

Monday, 11/16, 3:00-4:30 PM: Look back at the successes and lessons learned from the past ten years, including the Rethink Your Drink campaign, supporting enhanced physical education in schools, and building a successful statewide coalition.

Tuesday, 11/17, 1:00-3:00 PM: Looking ahead to the spring 2021 policy agenda, the next three years of ISPAN, and planning for the next 10 years of IAPO, including regional landscape scan breakout sessions.
Virtual Conference: Improving Health Outcomes Through Preventing Childhood Obesity
Hosted by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, the agenda will cover a variety of topics including nutrition and physical activity as related to children.

 A sampling of presentation titles include:

  • Metabolic Effects of Social Distancing during COVID-19 
  • Dietary Guidelines: How they are created and what they are
  • Health and Nutrition Literacy: The Social Determinants of Health 
  • Lessons in Early Childhood Healthy Food and Feeding Messages
  • Making Movement fun for All

Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Registration Required: CLICK HERE
Webinar Opportunity: Happy Healthy Providers
Join University of Illinois Extension SNAP-Ed and family life educators in a free webinar series that explores ways to manage stress and support children in building a foundation for positive habits that last a lifetime.

Early childcare staff are in a position to positively impact children’s nutrition choices throughout the day. Learn about instilling the importance of positive role models in your early care facility, how to incorporate role modeling into your nutrition policy, and explore ideas for providing staff nutrition education.

  • NOVEMBER 17th: "Healthy Eating Starts with Role Modeling"
  • FREE online webinar series for childcare professionals
  • Registration required: CLICK HERE

Earn 4 hours of continuing education by participating in all four events. Illinois Extension is an Approved Entity for Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry®️
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
Webinar Opportunity: Prioritizing the People's Budget
November 17, 2020, 9:30 to 11 AM CST
Hosted by Chicago United for Equity, Metropolitan Planning Council

As COVID-19 stretches government budgets, mistrust in police, unemployment, and illness frame a daily reality for many Chicagoans. So how can our public expenditures match our collective priorities? This session highlights the work of three efforts to seek public feedback about the City budget, the People’s Budget Project, Participatory Budgeting in Rogers Park, and the Budget Ambassador’s engagement effort by the Mayor's office. Participants are invited to talk about how participatory budgeting can inform Chicago's investments in safe and thriving communities. Learn more here.
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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Per Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), COVID-19 Isolation Facilities are being offered free of charge to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are unable to safely isolate in their own homes or congregate living facilities. View information here (.PDF).

  • 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.

  • The Leadership in Community Resilience (LCR) grant program supports and enhances local capacity among elected leaders and staff, communities, and community-based organizations as they pursue coordinated climate resilience efforts. Since 2017, 33 cities have participated in the LCR program. Climate impacts and other shocks such as COVID-19 have converged with existing stresses such as racial and socio-economic inequities or aging infrastructure to create seemingly insurmountable challenges for local governments. The National League of Cities recognizes the ever-growing need to support cities as they prepare for extreme events. Many communities are collaborating closely with local partners to take a holistic, proactive approach to tackling climate impacts by developing robust and equitable programs that also address the stresses that weaken local economies and damage the social fabric of communities. This year, NLC is proud to partner with the Resilient Cities Network to apply their holistic resilience framework to more cities across the country and share lessons and strategies from their global network of Chief Resilience Officers. Deadline to apply is December 23, 2020.
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