CHICAGO - The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced dates and locations for a series of town hall meetings to discuss innovative policy ideas aimed to further improve the health and well-being of Chicago’s youth. The town halls will focus on five key areas surrounding youth health: improving homes, empowering working families, promoting vaccines, reducing obesity and mitigating trauma. CDPH's recent Healthy Kids Spotlight report shows that even though there has been progress in each key area, significant health disparities remain.
“Chicago has emerged as a national leader when it comes to proposing and implementing innovative policies to improve health,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, referencing the recent gold medal awarded to Chicago by CityHealth. “There is still more work to be done to ensure young people in every neighborhood and from every background have access to the resources and tools they need to grow up healthy.”
The town hall meetings will be held to gather feedback from content experts and Chicago residents, in particular in Chicago’s African American and Latino communities, where youth often face greater health disparities. At the meetings, CDPH officials will ask for feedback on specific policies being explored, including improving requirements for lead inspections and encouraging family friendly employment practices. The policies were first identified in Healthy Chicago 2.0, the four-year citywide plan to improve health equity. The town hall meetings will also provide residents with opportunities to surface other ideas around the five key areas. The meetings follow a recent Chicago Board of Health meeting where both board members and local advocates provided their feedback. Following the town hall meetings, CDPH will release a report conveying the feedback from participants and policy recommendations that emerged as part of the discussions.
“Last year, we launched Healthy Chicago 2.0 – a new plan to improve health equity across Chicago,” said Commissioner Julie Morita, M.D. “These town halls are a key element of that plan, working with residents to identify new ways to help them build better, healthier communities for all our children.”
The town hall meetings will take place at the following times and locations:
• Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West Pullman Library located at 830 W. 119th St., Chicago, IL
• Monday, July 31, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at James Shields Middle School located at 2611 W. 48th St., Chicago, IL. This town hall meeting will be available in both English and Spanish.
• Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rowan Park Fieldhouse located at 11546 S. Ave. L, Chicago, IL
• Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Legler Branch Library located 115 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL
RSVPs are not required, but encouraged. To request accommodations or a translator, please RSVP. Residents can RSVP here. Residents who are unable to attend a town hall meeting in their community are encouraged to submit their comments online here through Thursday, August 31, 2017.