October 30, 2018
Social Determinants of Childhood Obesity:  Calls to Action in a Changing Political Landscape 

The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children will convene on Wednesday, November 28th, to examine the social determinants of childhood obesity, and to develop calls to programmatic and policy action for our network and for elected officials at the local, state and federal levels that can ensure children and families can eat healthy and be physically active where they live, learn, and play. Discussions and breakout topics will cover how diet and activity are connected to mental health, immigration, transportation and housing. 
This meeting will be open to all CLOCC partners and we encourage all to join us in exploring this expanded view on the social determinants of childhood obesity. Please watch your email, and follow CLOCC on twitter and facebook for registration updates. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018,  1:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

"Public Charge" Rule Change Puts Immigrant Families at Risk; Comments Requested 

On October 10, the Trump administration announced its plan to broaden the "public charge" test that has been a part of U.S. immigration law for decades. The new rule could force immigrant families to choose between obtaining permanent legal status and utilization of important resources like healthy food, safe housing, and health care. ( See the rule change page here.) The proposed changes to the rule could block immigrant families from utilizing non-emergency Medicaid, Section 8 housing vouchers and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). 

Health advocates are already hearing stories of families not enrolling for these important supports that are known help them to live safe and healthy lives. There is ample evidence that SNAP participation is a strong contributor to healthy diets for low-income families. This rule change would surely add to the burden of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and other nutrition-related diseases in our country and put children in particular at much greater risk.
Before Trump's "public charge" rule can be finalized, the administration is required by law to review and respond to every unique public comment they receive about the proposed regulation. This means only individualized opinions, in your own words, will be reviewed. We urge all members of our CLOCC community to learn more at protectingimmigrantfamilies.org and submit a comment voicing your personal opinion about the rule. Comments are being accepted through December 2nd.

"Public Charge" Rule in the News:

New RWJF Report: One-in-Six Young Americans Obese

In the United States, 15.8 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 are obese, according to an analysis of 2016-17 data released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on October 24The new data show that, nationally, black youth had nearly double the rate of obesity (22.5%) of white youth (12.5%), while the rate for Hispanic youth was measured at 20.6 percent. The RWJF issue brief expands on research published in the recent State of Obesity report, which indicated more than half of today's children will be obese by age 35 if current trends continue. 

Also in the report, Illinois was slated 17th in the national childhood obesity rankings compiled by the National Survey of Children's Health, with an obesity rate that rose from 14.9% to 16.2% between 2016 and 2017. 

Take Part in the 2018 IPHAM Population Health Forum  

The Institute for Population Health and Medicine (IPHAM) Population Health Forum will take place on December 4, 2018. The event will include a keynote speech by Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Galea's scholarship lives at the intersection of social and psychiatric epidemiology, with a focus on the behavioral health consequences of trauma, including those caused by firearms. He was named one of Time magazine's epidemiology innovators and has been listed as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds."

In addition to the keynote, the IPHAM Population Health Forum will include a research poster session and breakout sessions. This event will be held at the Lurie Medical Research Building, 303 E. Superior St. in Chicago. Click below for details or to RSVP. 
Health Equity Survey Closes November 9th

The Alliance for Health Equity is a group of over 30 hospitals, local health departments and community organizations in Chicago and Suburban Cook County that are working together to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). 

The Alliance is focusing on gathering input from populations with health needs that might otherwise be under-represented in a needs assessment, such as communities of color, immigrants and LGBTQ individuals. 

Responses will help the Alliance for Health Equity decide which types of projects it will work on to improve community health. The survey closes on November 9, 2018. The survey is for respondents 18 and over. 

Please help guide this survey to the people who live in your community and/or participate in your organizations. Promotional resources for organizations can be found here.  Contact IPHI staff with questions here
Governor Signs Bill to Curb Hunger for College Students

Governor Rauner recently signed into law SB 351, ensuring Illinois' community college students enrolled in Perkins-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs have access to food security through SNAP benefits. An estimated 40,000 low-income community college students across Illinois - both full-time and part-time students - are now eligible for these benefits. Click the link below to download the new brochure and learn more.

Photo: Joe Flood
Chicago Launches Survey for Dockless Bikeshare Pilot 

The City of Chicago has conducted a pilot program to learn more about newly-emerging dockless bikesharing technology in the Far South Side. The pilot began May 1, 2018 and will end November 1, 2018. Four independent dockless bikesharing vendors have participated (Jump, Lime, ofo, and Zagster/Pace).
To learn more about the program from the user perspective, the City has created a survey to gather feedback from residents and visitors who used dockless bikeshare during the pilot. Please share this survey with your networks and through social media to circulate widely. All responses should submitted by November 21st.

The survey can be found at this link: 

5-4-3-2-1 Go! Resources
fiveSMART Resources
  • The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced a new round of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding for Illinois. One hundred percent funding is being offered and municipalities and school districts are invited to apply for the benefit.   
    • No local match required
    • Eligible Infrastructure projects include Sidewalk Improvements, Traffic Calming/Speed Reduction Improvements, Traffic Control Devices, Pedestrian and Bicycle Crossing Improvements, On-Street Bicycle Facilities, Off-Street Bicycle Facilities, and Secure Bicycle Parking Facilities.
    • Eligible Non-Infrastructure projects include events, equipment, and supplies that help to address areas of Education, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation.
    • Applications accepted from Sept 24 to Nov 19, 2018.
    • Click here for details
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.