October 13, 2021
YOUR VOICE MATTERS
This edition of CLOCC News features two mini-surveys, each of which can be completed in approximately five minutes. Please support our work by completing and sharing the surveys with your networks where appropriate. Thank you for your attention!
Community Input Survey
Five-minute survey for residents of Chicago and Suburban Cook County
In partnership with the Alliance for Health Equity, Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital is collecting feedback to help us create a plan to improve the health of your community. If you live in Chicago or suburban Cook County, please take this five-minute survey to share what’s most important to you about your community’s health. We want to know what you think is going well, what needs to be improved and how COVID has impacted you and your family. Once you’re finished, please share the survey with your neighbors and networks!

CLOCC Mini Survey: Organizational Support in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Five-minute survey for CLOCC Partners
The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) would like to understand how you've utilized various resources that we have made available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please let us know which CLOCC resources you've used, how often you've used them, and how you feel about their utility for your work.
 
We encourage our partners to provide feedback via this brief survey, which should take under five minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your contribution.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Link Up Illinois Program Associate
Experimental Station

The Experimental Station fosters a dynamic ecology of innovative educational and cultural programs, small business enterprises and community initiatives. Since 2006, ES has both built its own programming to address local needs and have fostered, hosted, and sponsored many other initiatives. Current programs include Link Up Illinois, 61st Street Farmers Market, Blackstone Bicycle Works, small business incubation, and public arts and cultural events.

Experimental Station is currently seeking a Link Up Illinois Program Associate who will be central to supporting operations of Link Up Illinois as it continues to grow. Link Up Illinois provides farmers markets, farm stands, food co-operatives, and small grocers across the state with funding to implement Link Match programs for recipients of Illinois Link (federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits). Link Match is a healthy food incentive earned by SNAP/Link participants whenever they make a purchase at participating locations.

Chef Instructor/Nutrition Educator
Common Threads

Common Threads will utilize the NHC Chicago member to lead virtual nutrition and healthy cooking classes for student, adult, and families living in underserved communities in Chicago, with potential to implement classes for families in person as the city begins to open back up.

In addition to teaching lessons, the member will be expected to build relationships at the district, school, and community level to schedule classes and ensure they are meeting local needs and interests as well. The member will be responsible for maintaining a high quality of implementation, scheduling, auditing and communication with school administrators and staff, community partners, and the Common Threads team.
UPCOMING EVENTS
2021 Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) Virtual Annual Meeting:
Advancing Health in Illinois
Tuesday, October 19th, 1:30-4:30 PM CT
View the flyer here
Virtual event, RSVP Here

  • Network with partners from across the state supporting the health of Illinoisans.
  • Discuss policy implementation around health equity, nutrition/food systems, built environment, lactation support, and more for your community.
  • Shape the future of IAPO, including the evolution of the coalition and strategies for implementing a broader chronic disease prevention and equity portfolio.

Plenary: Designing Communities to Move and Connect:
  • Exploring the Impact of the Built Environment on Physical Activity, Social Connectedness, and Equity
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Leadership Council Members
(Three Positions)
Sport for Good

The Sport for Good Chicago Leadership Council is currently recruiting for three open positions. Council Members are asked to serve a two-year term with a commitment of approximately 6 hours per month. We strive to have all levels of experience represented across the Leadership Council, so we encourage you to apply whether you are a coach, funder, educator, or executive. Additionally, we strive for the Leadership Council experience to provide an opportunity for development and growth. Members of the Council are encouraged to take leadership of projects and try out new areas of work.

The application is open until Wednesday, October 20th. Learn more or apply here.
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.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN THE MEDIA
NEWS & RESOURCES: 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. Suggestions for this newsletter feature can be forwarded to info@clocc.net.
For questions related to testing criteria and general information about COVID-19 and children, please contact the COVID-19 Call Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital at 312.227.5300. The Call Center is staffed by Lurie Children’s nurses and is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT, and Saturday, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM CT.
VACCINE RESOURCES


RESEARCH AND REPORTS






FUNDING


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY


  • 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 ACCESS



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.

FUNDING AND RECOGNITION OPPORTUNITIES
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) has introduced a Social Impact and Equity Fund to identify, recognize, and financially support innovative strategies among organizations working to leverage federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and school meals to fight hunger and promote equity.

Funded in part by PepsiCo, this new initiative will award four grants of $25,000 each to local, state, or regional tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations doing exceptional work fighting hunger and injustice, centering equity throughout their operations, policy, and advocacy efforts, and working in collaboration with people with lived expertise.  To learn more, visit the online applicationThe LOI deadline is Friday, October 22nd.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that parks and green spaces are a vital part of a healthy community. Yet, due to systemic racism, parks are still not enjoyed evenly. A 2020 study found that parks serving communities of color are—on average—half the size of parks located in majority-white communities and five times as crowded. The unequal distribution and investment in parks—and the unjust experiences that many people of color have in the outdoors—can be righted.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is currently seeking letters of interest from community-based organizations and base-building groups working to increase park equity and advance racial justice through local policy and systems change in urban, low-income communities of color across the nation. This effort is part of People, Parks, and Power, a joint initiative with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation led and managed by Prevention Institute. Learn more about eligibility and selection criteria here. The LOI deadline is November 4th.
Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in partnership with the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), is launching the second round of the Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) program. To build new opportunities for more sustainable efforts by local or state governments in collaboration with community partnerships, DASH will grant $80,000 each to five awardees to promote data-sharing and data-integration aiming to improve health, equity, and well-being in local communities and identify learnings for how states can support community data sharing through policy. Learn more about this opportunity here. The application deadline is 2:30 PM CT, Friday, November 12th.
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