October 14, 2020
Early voting is now open in Chicago! Make your voice heard.
Introducing CLOCC's new Home in the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities
Dear colleagues:

I am excited to share some news with you about CLOCC’s home within Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. You may have seen recent announcements about the opening of the new Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities. CLOCC will formally transition from the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute to become a formal member program of the Magoon Institute on November 1st, 2020.

The Magoon Institute will serve as the hub for all community-focused health initiatives at Lurie Children’s, building upon a robust history of partnership with the city’s diverse network of community organizations to help kids thrive where they live, learn and play. Named for Lurie Children’s former President & CEO, Patrick M. Magoon, the Magoon Institute will continue his 23-year legacy of unwavering commitment to pediatric health within the community context.

This move will position CLOCC solidly within a family of programs and activities that focus on health equity, population health, prevention, and advocacy. The move will also help to solidify alignment between CLOCC and other programs with a similar focus. Our communications, meetings, trainings, activities and partnerships, the things you’ve come to know CLOCC for, will not change as a result of this move but will continue to evolve as we solidify our focus on social influencers of health and root causes of childhood obesity.
This evolution of our focus will benefit from the knowledge and experience of our colleagues in the Magoon Institute, strengthening our collaborations across Lurie Children’s Hospital and beyond.

Adam Becker, PhD, MPH
Executive Director, CLOCC
Policy Agenda
Calling all Partners: Help Shape the Refresh of CLOCC's Policy Agenda for 2021-2025

Strong policy strategies are a crucial component of CLOCC's social ecological approach to childhood obesity prevention and, in this tumultuous political climate, the Consortium will benefit from clear and well-founded policy principles to guide our collective efforts. CLOCC partners are encouraged to help shape the refresh of the CLOCC Policy Agenda, which will guide our policy and advocacy actions for the next five years.

Since the Consortium's inception in 2002, the CLOCC Policy Agendas have provided guidance and support to partners seeking approaches to policy change that make healthy eating and active living accessible for all children and families, and have helped us advocate for strong communities to nurture and protect them. The Consortium's Policy Agendas are forged through years of policy and advocacy work in the City of Chicago and across the country, and reflect the thinking of some of the city’s and nation’s best-known experts in childhood obesity prevention.

Please lend your voice and expertise to the 2021-2025 CLOCC Policy Agenda by participating in any number of the following virtual meetings, or by completing the survey link below. Contact CLOCC with any questions at info@clocc.net .

Participate in CLOCC's 2020 Policy Agenda Refresh Virtual Meetings:
All meetings will be conducted via Zoom; Access information will be sent to registrants.

Policies for Physical Activity (excluding schools and childcare settings)
Wednesday, October 21, 10:00-11:30 AM

Policies for Child-Serving Institutions
Wednesday, October 21, 2:00-3:30 PM

Policies for Healthy Food Access
Friday, October 23, 2:30-4:00 PM

Provide Feedback Through the Policy Agenda Refresh Online Survey:
If you are not able to join one of the virtual meetings, CLOCC has developed an online survey to collect partner feedback on the existing Policy Agenda. You can review the 2016-2020 Policy Agenda here.
Supreme Court Makes the Final Call to End 2020 Census Count Weeks Ahead of Schedule

The Supreme Court issued a ruling on Tuesday, October 13th, to end the 2020 U.S. Census on Thursday, October 14th, rather than allowing it to continue through the end of October as intended. A lower district court had previously ordered the Census to continue through the end of the month. The Census Bureau contends that it requires additional time to compile numbers before a congressionally-mandated, year-end deadline for turning in figures used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets.

In addition to informing state and federal voting districts, the Census is also the guide for distribution of public funds from myriad programs. With minority and underserved urban populations traditionally among the hardest to count, a shortened Census poses a grave concern for publicly-funded health programs in cities like Chicago.

In the lone dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated “The harms caused by rushing this year’s census count are irreparable and respondents will suffer their lasting impact for at least the next 10 years... Even a fraction of a percent of the Nation’s 140 million households amounts to hundreds of thousands of people left uncounted.”

U.S. Census in the News 

Ten Years of the Alliance: RSVP for IAPO's Annual Meeting

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.
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.
The Duke University World Food Policy Center has published a deep dive on white cultural dominance in the US food insecurity and food access space titled Identifying and Countering White Supremacy Culture in the Food System (PDF). Author Alison Conrad, MPP, writes, "Whiteness is a social construct of beliefs, values, and behaviors that have resulted in the unequal distribution of power and privilege based on skin color."
Webinar Opportunity: Modern Redlining
November 13, 2020 , 7:00-8:00 PM
The third of four panel discussions connecting Technology and Social Justice. This virtual hour-long discussion will explore the ways in which biased algorithms used to assign property values, terms and conditions for loans, and eligibility for rental space, produce negative outcomes for people of color. Event co-sponsored by the University of Illinois - Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology. View flyer.
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.

  • APHA’s The Nation’s Health featured Healthy Voting Guides in its August issue. These guides were drafted by the APHA, the National Association of County and City Officials, Center for Tech and Civic Life, and Center for Civic Design. The guides are available by state and have information to help people vote safely in local, State and National elections. You can get more information and download the Illinois guide here.

  • The Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in collaboration with the Academies’ Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF) and Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Disease, convened the Committee on Guidance for K-12 Education on Responding to COVID-19. Download the report.


  • 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.


  • NEW! 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 annual America Walks Community Change Grants are now open for applications. This program aims to provide support to a network of advocates, grassroots organizers, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create tangible change at the community level. We are looking to fund projects that: Increase physical activity and active transportation in a specific community; Work to cross engage people and organizations newer to the efforts of walking and moving and walkability; Demonstrate a culture of antiracism and inclusive health and design; Support and cultivate connected, active and deeply engaged communities. Deadline is November 9th. Learn more or apply here.
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