Community Planning Meeting

The Chicago Department of Transportation is beginning the process of planning a community trail along the old BNSF railroad line that runs from the Cook County Jail to the Chicago River. Come to learn more and share your thoughts at this community meeting:
April 15
6-8 pm
Madero Middle School
3202 W. 28th St.
El Departamento de Transporte de Chicago está empezando el proceso de planificar un paseo comunitario donde antes existía la línea del tren BNSF. Esto corre de La Cárcel del Condado de Cook hasta el Río Chicago. Vengan a esta junta comunitaria para compartir sus pensamientos y preguntas acerca de este proyecto:
Abril 15
6-8 pm
La Escuela Madero
3202 W. 28th St.

Open Mic Scholarship Benefit 2015

“VIVA La Causa!”

Open Mic Scholarship Benefit

TCEP’s Youth Group Ollin is hosting an Open Mic Scholarship Benefit to raise funds for TCEP’s “La Casita Azul” Scholarship that will be made available in the Summer of 2015.  Join us as we honor Cesar Chavez in night of spoken word, poetry, music, and beautiful art courtesy of Chicago’s local artists!

Open Mic sign-up sheet will be made available for any walk-on performances.
Silent Art Auction will last all night. You can purchase tickets online or at the door!

OPEN Center for the Arts
2214 S. Sacramento
Friday March 27st, 2015
Doors Open 5pm | Show Starts 6pm
*** Interested in performing or displaying artwork, please contact:
Edwin Rabadan at or (773) 550-0215
DONATE: Want to donate spare change towards the scholarship? Donate here!

St. Anthony Summer Fest

For more than 115 years, Saint Anthony Hospital physicians and staff have provided medical care, social services and outreach to its community, consisting of North Lawndale, Little Village, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Cicero and Berwyn. On Saturday, June 6, Saint Anthony Hospital will be hosting its 9th Annual Summer Fest from11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

This annual free festival provides families in the surrounding communities with a day of entertainment, education, and health screenings. Last year, more than 2,000 families attended Summer Fest, including more than 1,000 children who enjoyed live music, carnival rides, food from local restaurants, health education, back-to-school physicals and dental exams, vouchers for eye exams and glasses, backpacks and so much more.

If you are interested in having your organization be present please fill out our Registration form before May 1st.

Organization Registration 2015

Sponsorship Form 2015

Healthy Schools and Nature Play


Network Announcements

Illinois Action for Healthy Kids (IL AFHK) invites individuals with expertise in school health and wellness to submit session ideas for presentation during the 8th Illinois School Wellness Conference, which is scheduled for April 23, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street Champaign, IL 61820. AFHK is specifically interested in presentations that highlight successful school health and wellness-related outreach in schools, innovative projects that improve the overall health of the school community, and emerging issues impacting school health and wellness.

More information and the proposal application are on this document: Call for Proposals 2014-2015

For more information, contact Jocelyn Toney at or call (312) 878-2712All proposals are due by 5pm on December 12, 2014.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Chicago Botanic Garden is holding a unique professional development event, featuring new ideas for incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards and nature play into curriculum and programming. Presenters will focus on making the most of outdoor spaces around us and turning those spaces into outdoor field stations. We will also discuss what children learn at different ages and developmental levels through unstructured nature play.

More information on flyer here. Cost is $10 per person. Register here by January 9, 2015. For questions, please contact Eileen Prendergast at 847.835.8363.

Job Openings

The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Institute (NUCATS) and the Center for Community Health (CCH) are seeking an experienced program manager to lead a range of initiatives that support community and stakeholder engagement in research. This approach accelerates the impact of research by integrating complementary perspectives, skills and resources. View full descriptionApply online by 12/20/14.  Job ID#: 22659 at

Part Time Role: NUCATS Associate Director for Community & Stakeholder Engagement Recognizing the importance of community engagement throughout the translational research spectrum, NUCATS is creating a new position of Associate Director, Community & Stakeholder Engagement (ADCSE). The ADCSE will facilitate broad community, patient and stakeholder input in NUCATS priority setting and decision making by participating in Leadership meetings and collaborating with other Associate Directors. View detailed description hereApplications should be submitted by January 15, 2015.

For questions about either position, contact

Thanks everyone!

Meeting Details and Upcoming Events

Thanks to everyone who came out last Wednesday for our MSRN meeting at Saint Anthony Hospital. Special thanks to Vanessa Anzo for hosting and running the agenda! We heard presentations from Alma Rodríguez and Brandon Thorne at the Chicago Community Trust and from Camille Taylor at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. For more details, minutes, and contact info, click here.

Network updates:

Starting next week, I will only be sending out news to the Network once a week. If you would like me to post something from your organization, please get it to me by 1 pm on Tuesday, so that I can send out all the week’s information by the end of the day. Hopefully this will help unclutter your e-mail inboxes and help your events to be seen by more people.

Our next meeting will be a casual holiday potluck. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 10 AM-12 noon, we have had to postpone the potluck because of the trip to Springfield to advocate for funding for greater facilities. We will keep everyone updated as our plans evolve. The things we need (coffee, napkins, plates, cups, a fruit tray, etc.) are listed here. If you would like to sign up to bring food, coffee, napkins, or anything else, please email me ( I will also be calling everyone individually about this.

Please check out all of the MSRN’s events for November and December on our calendar here.

Network announcements

Immediate notice: Our Lady of Tepeyac’s food pantry is running a COAT DRIVE in preparation for their Thanksgiving food giveaway on November 21.  If you or anyone in your organization has any winter clothes for them, Tepeyac accepts donations Monday through Friday, 9 am to 7 pm at 3047 W Cermak, bottom floor, enter from side. Tepeyac will continue to accept any donations after November 21 as well.

Latinos Progresando’s trip to Springfield, Illinois, to advocate for funding for a new facility was originally scheduled for this Friday, November 21, but has been postponed to Wednesday, December 3, because of the cancellation of a legislative session. We will keep everyone updated as our plans change. Please direct any questions to Luis Gutierrez at

Our partners at the Chicago Department of Public Health are running a 10-minute survey to help develop health priorities for the city of Chicago. The survey closes November 30th. Every voice matters, and every perspective is valuable. Please share the survey links among your friends, colleagues, and anyone who believes in a healthy Chicago!

Click here for the Healthy Chicago 2.0 Survey in English
Click here for the Healthy Chicago 2.0 Survey in Spanish

Enlace Chicago, the Community Renewal Society, and local residents have partnered to begin a civil re-entry program that will serve North Lawndale and Little Village residents.

The program will offer peace circles, job readiness workshops, community resources, and opportunities for service hours. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Sessions will be run on Tuesdays in December (12/2, 12/9, 12/16) from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Youth Center (3600 W Cermak Road).

Flyer here!

University of Illinois Extension-Cook County is offering free community health classes in asthma and lung health, heart disease and heart health, and youth development. These programs are designed for students, parents, and service providers to enhance their knowledge and understanding of health.  Ashley Phillips is the coordinator of this, and you can request that she come and give one of the series of classes at your site to your people free of charge.

Contact her at 773.768.7779 or

More information on health education classes here.
More information on “Off to a Good Start” youth development classes here.

Job Openings:

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is currently looking for a Policy Analyst, a Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP067) Planner, Information Technology Interns, and Local Technical Assistance Interns. CMAP integrates planning for land use and transportation in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. On October 13, 2010, CMAP released GO TO 2040, the region’s long-range comprehensive plan. The agency is now focused on implementing the plan, which includes technical assistance to local governments as a major activity.

IT Intern
Policy Analyst position
LTA Assistant Planner
LTA Interns

CHA registration drives with Erie, diabetes classes with Esperanza, and grant writing with CDPH

Erie Neighborhood House is holding registration drives for the Chicago Housing Authority lottery waitlists. Please let your constituents know. Also, if you would like to volunteer on either of these days, please contact Sandy de León at

Saturday, November 8th, 9 am – 1pm, at the 
West Town office, 1347 W. Erie Street at Templeton Hall. Contact Cristina De La Rosa for more information at 312.666.3430.

Saturday, November 15th, 9 am – 1pm, at the 
Little Village Office, 4225 W. 25th St. 
Contact Rosa E. Sanchez at 773.277.0805.

2014_Waitlist_RegistrationDrive flyer in Spanish and English

Esperanza Health Centers runs a weekly diabetes class on Wednesdays at 10:30 am at 2001 S. California Ave. Suite 1000. The classes go over aspects of diabetes including self-care and maintenance, diet and nutrition, myths about diabetes, and the types of specialty care people need to have if they have diabetes. Although the instructor, Carol Kindelberger, does have a curriculum, the group is often driven by the attendees. During the group, attendees can ask questions, raise concerns, and share their tips to help others learn. Carol Kindelberger is bilingual and this class is offered in Spanish as well.

The group is open to the public and free of charge. If anyone is interested in attending, they can come to the California site on any Wednesday morning and Esperanza’s Patient Service Representatives in the waiting room can lead them to the group.

For more information, contact Carrol Kindelberger at

Please join the Chicago Department of Public Health and New Age Services Corporation for an intensive, one-day Grant Writing Training session. This training will cover topics related to successful grant writing, including, but not limited to, an overview of grant writing, organizational assessment and readiness, and grant proposal development.

The one-day training will be held from 9:00AM to 5:00PM on November 17 and November 18, 2014, at University Center, located at 525 S. State St. Register for one day only. Please bring a copy of your agency’s organizational chart.

Upon completion of training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and identify the basic structure and key elements of a grant proposal
  • Develop a plan for conceptualizing, writing, reviewing, and evaluating your grant application
  • Learn how to develop and write SMART goals and objectives
  • Develop an appropriate budget narrative and justification
  • Discuss strategies for an effective grant writing process

Please register by downloading the registration form and emailing it back to Idell Brunt at or by faxing it to (312) 743-1358. Registration will close Wednesday, November 12, 2014.