From the Founder's Desk
June 2022
Phyllis L. Rodgers, Founder & CEO
Hello, Summer!

As we embrace the season with relief and joy, to gather for proms, graduations and weddings that were postponed due to COVID, we are all, no doubt, ready to celebrate, be outdoors, and enjoy the company of friends and family. Additionally, Chicago has so many exciting free activities for everyone, sometimes it’s hard to choose. But no matter what you select, the promise of a good time is guaranteed.

Peer Plus Education and Training Advocates continues to forge new partnerships, aligning with our mission to provide education, care, resources and referrals to underserved and underrepresented communities, with the overall goal of healthier, informed families and sustaining improved outcomes. Two years later, COVID remains part and parcel of our daily conversations and our lives. Even with fewer deaths and better health results for those who have been vaccinated and "boostered," we all need to stay vigilant with masks and some physical distancing, to protect ourselves and our loved ones. 

Peer Plus welcomes and relies on your continued financial contributions to assist our communities in need. No amount is too small as we provide support, services and resources. Please visit our website at Thank you in advance for your support. 
Peer Plus
is planning an "ISLAND JAM"
More info to come . . .
Recent Activities
Photo, L to R:
R&D Chemist
Robert Beck,
Guest Speaker Ramona Burress (Pharm), Peer Plus Founder Phyllis Rodgers and
Dr. Shante Griggs (Pharm).

Peer Plus was proud to present Ramona Burress as the guest
speaker on the timely subject of Clinical Research. Before the presentation, there was a sumptuous breakfast buffet by Norman Bolden, the owner of Norman’s Bistro. The atmosphere was both comfortable and inviting among the audience of almost 30 participants, all from diverse backgrounds and with substantial background in their fields of expertise. Ms. Burress put aside the microphone and directly engaged the audience. The information given, the engaging, interactive conversations about the importance of both the structure of clinical research, as well as the significance of diversity in clinical trials, generated lively questions. Peer Plus will continue to host such presentations and conversations around critical health issues as we all continue to learn, stay informed and updated, and keep increasing our knowledge base.
Making Connections

On April 28th, Peer Plus spoke at a "Health Providers Business Brunch," hosted by Clara Hubbard/Senior Talk Media at New St. Paul Adult Day Services in Chicago. Photo, L-R: Phyllis Rodgers, Clara Hubbard and a representative from Great Lakes Research Institute.
Making Wellness a Priority
If you missed this Peer Plus zoom talk on the importance of diversity in clinical trials and research, click HERE to hear the event replay.
We are extremely grateful for the support of our event sponsors:
Advocates for Community Wellness
ARCC (Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities)
Senior Talk Media
Janssen R&D (Lead Sponsor / )
Words of Encouragement

"Bold Expressions Fest 2022"
Connect. Create. Change.
May 2022

"...It's a week later, and the girls
are asking if we can do it every Saturday!"

"Please know that your time of sowing seeds of promise for the next generation has made an impact. I would like to thank [Peer Plus] for volunteering and sharing your gifts and talents with us.
Thank you for believing in what Youth Guidance, Girls, Inc. and I do to touch lives daily."

Contributed by Dr. Lolita D. Cleveland, Peer Plus Board Member
Congratulations to
Dr. Andrew Holmes

On May 10th Chicago Community Organizer Andrew Holmes was proud to receive an honorary doctorate degree in Public Service from St. Xavier University in Chicago.

Dr. Holmes is a longtime supporter and community partner of Peer Plus.
Well Done
We are pleased to celebrate the achievements of our very own,
Joi J. T. Brown.

Joi was raised seeing the service of Peer Plus first hand. As a youngster, Joi always made herself available to help in every way. She has assisted in serving food, making flyers, and directing clients at every event.
Joi displays a refreshing demeanor toward all she comes in contact with.

Academically, Joi is a force to be reckoned with! During the pandemic and despite being in the household of a COVID-19 survivor, Joi maintained straight A's in all subjects through the school year. Joi attends CICS Basil school, where she is entering her final year as an 8th grade student. Just this year, she has received certificates being on the Principal's List for her GPA and exemplifying the school's Virtue of Perseverance. She has her eyes set on Kenwood Academy for High School--her entire family's Alma Mater. We are so proud of Joi and know she will shine even brighter in the years to come. Congratulations, Joi, we celebrate you!
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