Who We Are
PP4H Mission Statement:
To build capacity to address racial, health, and economic inequities through partnerships while leveraging community assets and wisdom.
Who We Are:
What PP4H Does
A thriving, safe, healthy, and inclusive community built on love.
Youth inclusion, community assets, trust and integrity, balanced power, unity and diversity, and safety.
We transform communities by improving health and economic growth through:
Economic Justice and Community Leadership Academy
The Community Leadership Academy (CLA) offers residents with lived experience the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and learn innovative strategies for sustainable community transformation and economic development.
Elementary School Wellness,
The Elementary School Wellness Hub sponsors and promotes activities and programs that support families to live healthier lifestyles.
Video describing the School Wellness Active Recess program in D89 schools.
High School Wellness, District 209
The High School Wellness Hub is developing strategies to improve student health and wellness at the District’s three high schools.
Video describing Proviso East High School's School-Based Health Center and what it can do for students and their families.
Video Featuring Proviso East's School-Based Health Center
Produced by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force: Mental Health & School Violence
The Proviso School-based Health Clinic provides help coping with stress from school, family, relationships or other causes.
The Food Justice Hub supports and strengthens the local food system through urban gardening, farm stands, and Veggie Rx, and increases the supply of and demand for fresh, locally grown, high quality produce. Cultivates health equity and community economic business development.
Built Environment and Safe Passage
The Built Environment Hub's mission is to develop a system for safe passage to schools and a culturally relevant model to increase community safety and promote physical activity and walkability.
The Tobacco-Free Living Hub partners with the community to take a stand against tobacco and reduce tobacco use, exposure to secondhand smoke, and the poor health outcomes associated with tobacco use.
Lena Hatchett is co-founder, Executive Lead of PP4H and Director of Community and University Partnerships at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. The PP4H movement values shared leadership and power and her research discovers community solutions to advance food justice. Through support from Trinity Health Systems, Institute for Health Care Improvement and 100 Million Healthier Lives, Dr. Hatchett has made local and national impact on racial and economic equity.
Mary Mora is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Loyola University Chicago. She works with the Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H) and am able to focus on food access and community health and wellness in Maywood, IL, as well as the surrounding communities. Born and raised in the Proviso Township, Mary has a close connection to this community.
Deniene Willis is the leader of PP4H's Community Leadership Academy and Founder of Trustycup Productions. The Academy focuses on leadership, collaboration, economic development and provides information and access to a national network change experts. Non-for-Profit Trustycup Production’s mission is to use the performing arts as a catalyst to develop leadership skills principles, and values in and among residents and youth.
John ‘Jack' Hertenstein Perez is the project coordinator for Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H), where he coordinates and co-leads food justice and evaluation capacity building efforts with community residents, local institutions, and community-based organizations. He also facilitates work between PP4H’s various hubs and initiatives.
Jack received his Master of Public Heath from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and is passionate about the potential community-owned agriculture has in building local community power and ensuring healthy foods are accessible and available. Contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Epps works in support of the Veggie RX program along with mentoring others in the Windy City Harvest corps program. A big believer that we are what we eat, Chris supports the Food Justice movement and is currently working on creating Sustainable Solutions with PP4H. He can be reached at email@example.com
Ann Andreoni is the co-leader of the Elementary Education Hub for PP4H who enjoys finding ways for students and families to “make the healthy choice the easy choice” through simple changes in policy, systems and environments. Her efforts to create Active Recess spaces on school playgrounds support her strong belief that physical activity should be an enjoyable part of a healthy lifestyle.
Ann is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor in the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing who received her professional undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org