The Village Free Press| Monday, January 28, 2019 | By Community Editor | @maywoodnews
The Chicago area is bracing for a bitter cold front that’s been forecast for this week, with wind chills “expected to drop to 35 to 50 degrees below zero in some locations on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, prompting warnings from city and state officials,” according to an ABC 5 Chicago report.
Here is a partial list of warming centers that are available to some of the most vulnerable residents in Proviso Township. These are facilities that have been designated as warming centers on local, county and statewide government websites (Oak Street health released a statement notifying the public of its warming center status).
Proviso Township offices
Oak Street Health
By Drew Martin | Thursday, January 24, 2019 | Institute for Healthcare Improvement
How does someone who has avoided talking about race for most of his life learn the value of challenging racism? My story goes back to my teens.
I did not experience blatant racism until my first day at a predominantly white Catholic high school on the southwest side of Chicago. Hearing the N-word was nothing new; it was commonplace in my neighborhood. But this time the elongated pause after it was said was different, as was the anger it stirred in me.
As the only black student, however, I learned to turn my anger into assimilation during my high school years. The school made me its first mediator. At an all-boys school, fighting wasn’t uncommon, but while others fought, I carved out a niche for myself. I became a peacemaker.
I thought this was a good situation for years. I heard the N-word a lot less, but it didn’t erase other things going on. Being the only black student, for example, meant feeling like I needed to — and often implicitly being asked to — represent all black people. It made me feel so uncomfortable with who I was.
Later in life — in college, at work, and in my community — I ignored inequities that have kept generations of people from reaching their fullest potential in health and well-being. I was averse to talking about race because I had spent so much time in high school representing all black people. I got tired of being a black man.
It’s not that I ever wanted to be anything else, but when I was a financial analyst, and others at my company started a black awareness group, I refused to join. I desperately wanted to be part of it, but I couldn’t bring myself to take part. I couldn’t even put pictures of Martin Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X at my desk as others did.
In 2015, while I worked with Proviso Partners for Health, I realized my passiveness was contributing to the inequities that had been too painful for me to acknowledge when I was younger. That was the year I was introduced to 100 Million Healthier Lives, a global network of solutions-focused leaders with an aim of 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020. Read More....
A big thank you to everyone who called and emailed your commissioners to encourage them to support Tobacco 21. This is a big win and an important step towards saving lives and reducing the burden of tobacco use in Proviso communities and beyond!
This legislation will cover all of Suburban Cook County, unless a municipality decides to opt out, which is unlikely. It will go into effect on June 1st.
“We’re thrilled to see Cook County taking positive steps to keep young people from a lifetime of nicotine addiction,” says Joel Africk, president and CEO of Respiratory Health Association. “We’ve seen Tobacco 21 laws work to reduce teen smoking in numerous communities and look forward to a happier, healthier Cook County in the years to come.”
Congratulations, Cook County!
The Cook County Board plans to vote tomorrow, January 23, on Tobacco 21. This legislation would cover all of Proviso and help prevent young people from accessing e-cigs and other tobacco products.
A big thank you to those who contacted Commissioner Brandon Johnson – he said he will vote yes! We now have nine “yes” votes, but we need 10 for the legislation to pass.
Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolski, who represents Melrose Park, and parts of Maywood, Broadview, and Hillside has NOT said that he will support this bill. We need you to call Commissioner Tobolski TODAY to let him know that you support Tobacco 21!
Phone: (312) 603-4735
Loyola’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration will take place during the week of January 21, 2019. In honor of Dr. King, this year’s theme, MLK Celebration: Addressing Disparity through Awareness, Advocacy, and Action, will be reflected through a series of reimagined and thought-provoking activities at the Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences campuses.
We hope that you will join in the celebration of Dr. King’s expansive efforts to create a structurally dimensional and equity-driven life experience for all communities. Your participation reflects a personal commitment to create and foster an environment dedicated to the advancement of Dr. King’s mission—to create a harmonious and equitable experience across the globe.
To learn more about 2019 MLK Celebration programming, please visit MLK Celebrations at Loyola Health Sciences or at Loyola University .
Proviso Partners For Health
Check our Events section regularly to find out what awesome things are happening in our area. We invite you to find opportunities to get involved!