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Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago: Taking Care of Neighbors in Time of COVID-19

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, an organization of more than 60 mosques, schools and service organizations, has worked tirelessly to ensure the half-million Muslims, who call Chicagoland home, stay safe. Among its efforts:  creating a task force charged with distributing food and monetary assistance to those in Read More

Community Spotlight:  SamaraCare

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HISTORY: SamaraCare was originally founded in 1971 as an independent, interfaith, non-profit mental health counseling organization by three Naperville congregations to address the unmet mental health needs of the community. Since then, it has expanded to serving the mental health care needs of clients residing in Chicago’s western suburbs, spanning western Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will Read More

Health care heroes: ‘He will fuel me until the day I hang up my stethoscope’

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By Dr. Halleh Akbarnia, Emergency Department Physician, Advocate Condell Medical Center I have been an emergency medicine physician for almost 20 years. I have worked through numerous disasters, and I’m used to the daily grind of heart attacks, gunshots, strokes, flu, traumas and more – it’s par for the course in my field. Yet nothing Read More

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A special message to faith leaders from Shirley Fleming and Kirsten Peachey, co-directors of The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation

The World Health Organization recently declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.  Understandably, you have many questions and concerns for yourself and those to whom you minister in your congregation and community.  It is a scary time! We want to fight fear and equip faith leaders with information and resources to support the social, emotional and spiritual Read More

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Thank you to All Who Attended and Helped Make Jan. 30 Convening a Success!

Thank you to All Who Attended and Helped Make Jan. 30 Convening a Success!

See Photos See Videos See Workshop Descriptions See Presentation Materials See Program for the day See Speaker Biographies Together, we: learned about the intersection of faith, trauma and resilience, learned practical ways to promote healing and build resilience in our communities, and discovered concrete actions we can take to create, model and guide transformation to Read More

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National Health Corps Chicago Members Make Impact at Advocate Trinity Hospital

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As she looks ahead, Christina Baum (left) hopes to attend medical school and become a physician at a women’s correctional facility. Caitlyn Asama (right) sees law school in her future, with the goal of practicing healthcare law. Baum and Asama feel better prepared for their futures, they say, thanks to a partnership between Advocate Trinity Read More

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Staying Socially Connected This Winter

By Keri Lipperini, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, Administration for Community Living Winter is upon us. While some may enjoy the colder climates, others may start withdrawing from activities and disconnecting from family and friends. Those who suffer from seasonal depression will face an even harder battle as they withdraw until springtime returns. Read More

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The South Chicago Community is a Finalist for $10 million Prize – Attend Feb. 29 Event to Learn More!

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All are invited to learn more and give input on a Chicago Prize proposal that could bring nine new developments to the South Chicago neighborhood.Projects include affordable housing, recreation, culture, and new businesses. February 29 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 3039 E. 91st Street, Chicago RSVP here.  

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A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.