More than 60 coalition members, including Maywood residents and community stakeholders, attended PP4H's 2019 Fall Summit and Health Hub Roundtable on Friday, November 15 at the Thatcher Woods Pavilion.
The three-hour Summit featured Hub Lead updates on PP4H initiatives: Food Justice, School Wellness, Community Leadership Academy, Tobacco-Free Living/ Anti-Vaping, and Smart Routes to School. Addie Von Zwoll, with Loyola’s School-Based Health Center, presented her work on adolescent mental health awareness. (Click here to see this presentation). Dr. Amy Luke, a faculty member at Loyola’s Parkinson School of Public Health, presented an analysis of video gambling in Illinois (Click here to see this presentation).
Additionally, PP4H staff presented an overview of recent reports related to community health and economic health in Maywood: Artspace study, Loyola Medicine’s Community Health Needs Assessment, and PP4H’s Community Health Hub Workshop summary report.
Roundtable Discussion on Community Health Hub
In the Summit’s last hour, PP4H facilitated roundtable discussions to gather participant input on desired health and wellness-related uses in the Health Hub. In six separate roundtable discussions, participants expressed their vision for a Health Hub that provides a mix of uses ranging from small businesses, retail, community-based programs, counseling and wellness services, educational programs, entertainment, and gathering places for all residents to use. The following themes emerged from residents’ input: youth development; community support–social services; health and wellness services; food-related businesses; small businesses /job creation; creative arts; and placemaking/open space design. The Roundtable Summary Report can be found here.
Ideas shared by roundtable participants will be integrated into PP4H’s pre-development proposal to support an action plan for the Health Hub. PP4H will continue to share pre-development plans for stakeholder input and co-design discussions to ensure the proposed Health Hub is aligned with resident values.
The Community Wellness Hub is advancing racial equity by creating opportunities through the first community-owned and operated space to incubate, develop and support social enterprises and small businesses for talented African American and Latinx Maywood residents. A collaboration of community partners and residents, the Wellness Hub will create a pathway for sustainable, systems change by supporting individuals’ career mobility, resident leadership, and seeding entrepreneurial opportunities. The Hub’s businesses, programs, services, and arts activities will be grounded in PP4H’s deep commitment to shared power where residents are integral leaders in co-designing and building an inclusive thriving economy.