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Giving Back Full Circle

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To show her gratitude and say thank you for the support she, her husband, Nicholas, and son, Reid, have received over the past year, Marita is giving back. She has donated clothing and other baby items for families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and has created care packages of toiletries and socks for those facing Read More

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Welcome, Trameka!

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We are excited to introduce you to Trameka Brown-Berry, who recently began her new role with Advocate Aurora Health as a Faith Community Nurse in Milwaukee. Trameka has enjoyed a 13-year career in healthcare, having served six of those years as a registered nurse. In her position, Trameka promotes and maintains wellness among parishioners by Read More

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Love is Alive in Avondale and Beyond

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Ivette Menendez and Nilda Garcia have seen firsthand how acts of love can transform a community. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Ivette, Community Connector with Advocate Health Care, and Nilda, Faith Community Nurse with Advocate, have been overwhelmed by the generosity and love shown by residents of Avondale, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Belmont Cragin and Read More

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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

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Mental Illness Does Not Fear the Pandemic

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My 19-year-old son isn’t social distancing. He isn’t washing his hands as much as he should. He leaves all day and comes home in the middle of the night. I have other young adult children living in my home following all the rules. “You are his parents, why don’t you just make him stay in? Read More

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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

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