1 January s Issue National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse Bethesda, Maryland National Drug Facts Week 2015 : Monday January 26th through Sunday February 1st. What is National Drug Facts Week? National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. To counteract the myths they get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends, NIDA scientists want to stimulate events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug abuse and addiction. What happens during National Drug Facts Week? National Drug Facts Week is an opportunity for teens to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. In community and school events all over America, teens and experts will come together for an honest conversation about how drugs affect the brain, body and behavior. In school assemblies, after school clubs, athletic events, book clubs and other venues, students will be able to ask scientists questions about drugs, or discuss NIDA materials designed for teens. How can I plan an event for National Drug Facts Week? Check out the National Drug Facts Week Website (below) for more information. NIDA offers an online toolkit with lots of suggestions on how to plan events and how to find experts who can participate. The site also tells you how to register your event, and how to get free materials for teens, including the National Drug IQ challenge quiz. Why Celebrate National Drug Facts Week? About a third of high school seniors report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year; more than ten percent report nonmedical use of potentially addictive prescription painkillers; and more than 20 percent report smoking marijuana in the past month. Many teens are not aware of the risks to their health, to their success in school and the dangers while driving under the influence. When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others. Who are NIDA s Partners for National Drug Facts Week? NIDA has many federal, state and local partners working together to get the facts about drugs to teens in communities all over America. Partners within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Other major federal partners include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Office of Safe and Healthy Students in the U.S. Department of Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration in the U.S. Department of Justice. For more information on National Drug Facts Week, or to become a partner visit the Web site or call Part 4
3 FREE! PARENT FREE! UNIVERSITY Saturday, January 31, :15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at District 209 Offices at PMSA Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. A workshop designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. Answer questions such as: How do I pay for college? What skills do I need to succeed from high school through my career? What help is out there for my student? What are these Common Core Standards and this PARCC test? FREE COLLEGE & COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR! SESSIONS CONDUCTED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH! Proviso Township High Schools District West Roosevelt Road Forest Park, IL For more information, visit us online at
4 GRATIS! UNIVERSIDAD PARA PADRES Sábado, 31 de Enero de 2015 de 8:15 a.m. a 1 p.m. en las oficinas del Distrito 209 en PMSA GRATIS! El registro comienza a las 7:45 a.m. Un taller organizado para preparar a los padres a ayudar a los estudiantes en la escuela secundaria y más adelante. Se responderá a preguntas como: Cómo puedo pagar la universidad? Qué aptitudes necesito para tener éxito durante de la escuela secundaria y mi carrera? Qué ayuda hay para mi hijo? Qué son estos Estándares Básicos Comunes (Common Core Standards) y este examen PARCC? FERIA DE UNIVERSADES Y RECURSOS COMUNITARIOS GRATIS! SESIONES TANTO EN INGLÉS COMO EN ESPAÑOL! Proviso Township High Schools District West Roosevelt Road Forest Park, IL Para obtener más información, visítenos en línea en
5 Take Action. Get Covered! Community Health Fair and Enrollment Event Christian Life Center 3409 Grove Avenue Berwyn, IL January 31, am-4pm Join City of Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero, Berwyn 5 th Ward Alderman Cesar Santoy, Get Covered America, Youth Crossroads, and the Christian Life Center for a health fair and enrollment event in your community. Free health screenings, health care informational sessions, raffle & prize giveaways, and children s games and activities will run throughout the day. Trained assisters will be on site to help walk you through the enrollment process. This event is free and open to the public. Documents Required to Enroll Government ID (Driver s License, State ID, Military ID) Social Security Number/Immigration documents (Residency or Citizenship) Employer income verification for household (W2, Income Tax, or Pay Stubs) Policy numbers for any current health insurance plan RSVP: https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/events/rsvp/4v2h4/ Enroll America is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in health coverage under the new health care law.
6 Toma Acción. Asegúrate! Feria de Salud e Inscripción en Seguro Medico Christian Life Center 3409 Grove Avenue Berwyn, IL de Enero am-4pm Únete con el Alcalde de la Cuidad de Berwyn Robert Lovero, Concejal del quinto distrito de Berwyn Cesar Santoy, Get Covered America, Youth Crossroads, y la Iglesia Christian Life Center, para una feria de salud e inscripción de seguro médico, en su comunidad. Exámenes de salud gratuitas, sesiones informativas de la ley de salud, rifas y sorteos de premios, juegos & actividades para niños, y recursos comunitarios correrán a lo largo del día. Profesionales estarán disponible para contestar sus preguntas y ayudarle completar su aplicación de Seguro Médico. Este evento es gratuito y abierto al público. Documentos requeridos para inscribirse: ID del Gobierno (Licencia de conducir, ID del estado, o ID Militar) Número de Seguro Social/documentos de inmigración (residencia o ciudadanía) Empleador verificación de ingreso del hogar (W2, Impuestos, talonario de cheque) Número de póliza para cualquier plan de seguro de salud actual RSVP: https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/events/rsvp/4v2h4/ Enroll America is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in health coverage under the new health care law.
10 Special Recreation programming for individuals with developmental disabilities VITTUM PARK 5010 WEST 50 TH STREET, Adult Volunteer and Daily Living Skills: Program incorporates independent living and job skill development. All abilities are welcome, must complete the Chicago Park District volunteer application. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11-3PM Ages 18 years and up FREE Health and Fitness: Programming will include physical activity and healthy living education. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3-5PM Ages 14 years and up FREE Social Club: Programming includes social skill training, and community integration. Thurs, 5-7pm and Sat 12-3pm Ages 14 and up $10 Special Olympic Training: Training in basketball, gymnastics, and track/field. Wednesdays and Fridays, 5-7pm Ages 8 and up $15 Viking Bowling League: Bowling at Lawn Lanes Bowling alley, 6750 S. Pulaski. Transportation is not provided. Includes adapted (bumper/ramp) and traditional. Tuesdays 4-7PM All ages $7 each Tuesday, includes two games and shoe rental Further information contact Xochitl Rodriguez or City of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners Chicago Park District, Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent & CEO For more information about your Chicago Park District, visit or call PLAY, (TTY)
11 Recruitment Flyer African American Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Needed for Research on Experiences Accessing Services Hello! My name is Jamie Pearson and I am a doctoral student in Special Education at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My advisor is Dr. Hedda Meadan. We are looking for participants for an exciting research project that will focus on the experiences of African American parents gaining access to services for their children who have ASD. We have described the study below and hope that you will contact us if you would like to participate in this project or if you have any questions. Title of the Project: African American Parents Experiences Accessing Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders About the Project: As a participant, you will complete two 10-minute surveys and be interviewed face-to-face for approximately one hour. This will help us to understand the experiences of African American Families when accessing services in school and outside of school for children with ASD. We believe that your experiences will help to inform the practices in schools and homes, particularly for children of color with autism. Potential Participants: Please consider participating in this study if: 1. You are an African American parent or caregiver of an African American child who has a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder AND 2. Your child is in grades K-5 at a public school in Illinois and qualifies for special education and related services In appreciation for your time, you will receive $50 for participating in this study. For more information please contact: Jamie Pearson, Hedda Meadan, Thank you for considering participating in our project!!!
12 SPECIAL CAMPS FOR SPECIAL CITIZENS HORSEBACK RIDING CAMP FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS WITH DEVEOPMENTAL DISORDERS ONLY!!! AGES: Sessions # 1 June 7, 2015-June 12, 2015 (for campers ages 21 and up) Sessions # 2 June 14, 2015 June 19, 2015 (for campers ages 7 to 20) For More Information Call: Debra Vines (708) or (708) at: Web: There is limited space first come first Served!!!
13 Parent Leadership Support Project The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) dictates the services children with disabilities receive from the school system. Parents struggle to navigate the special education system. As such, it is important for parents to receive training to understand special education so they can support other families. We are offering free training for parents of students with disabilities. Parents must self-identify as Latino and have a child with autism. Parents who participate in this training will be able to: 1. Understand and navigate the special education process 2. Support other families as their navigate the special education process The training is FREE. Parents will be reimbursed for their attendance and will receive food at the training. The training will be held in March and October of The training will be held in Chicago. **You must attend all training sessions** To register for the training, please contact Meghan Burke or Desiree Torres at or Training will cover: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act No Child Left Behind Conducting non-adversarial advocacy techniques The training also has a research component including: a focus group, two surveys, and audiotaping two IEP meetings with the school. You must participate in the two surveys to participate in this study. Your participation will provide important feedback that can potentially help guide, expand, and strengthen special education policy. Your participation is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential.
14 12 Proyecto de Apoy o al Liderazgo de Padres Los Individuos con Discapacidades (IDEA) dictan los servicios que los niños con discapacidades reciben del sistema escolar. Los padres se esfuerzan para navegar por el sistema de educación especial. Como tal, es importante que los padres reciban entrenamiento para entender la educación especial para que puedan apoyar a otras familias. Estamos ofreciendo entrenamiento gratuito para los padres de estudiantes con discapacidades. Los padres tienen que identificarse como latinos y tener un hijo con autismo. Los padres que participan en este entrenamiento serán capaz de: 1. Comprender y navegar por el proceso de educación especial 2. Apoyar a otras familias mientras ellos navegan el proceso de educación especial El entrenamiento va a cubrir: Los Individuos con discapacidad Ley de Educación No Child Left Behind La realización de técnicas de defensa no contencioso El entrenamiento es GRATIS. Los padres recibirán un reembolso por su asistencia y recibirán alimentos en el entrenamiento. El entrenamiento se llevara a cabo en Marzo y Octubre, respectivamente. El entrenamiento estaré en Chicago. **Usted debe asistir a todas las sesiones de entrenamiento** Para inscribirse en el entrenamiento, por favor póngase en contacto con Meghan Burke o Desiree Torres en o El entrenamiento también tiene un componente de investigación, incluyendo: un grupo de enfoque, dos encuestas, y audio grabar dos reunionés de IEP con la escuela. Usted debe participar en las dos encuestas para participar en este estudio.su participación le proveerá información importante que puede potencialmente ayudar a guiar, ampliar y fortalecer la política de educación especial. Su participación es voluntaria y sus respuestas serán confidenciales.
15 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release December 30, 2014 Contact: Abigail Hernandez Lack of Access to Health Services and Healthy Food Options Findings from 2014 Healthy Americas Survey Released Washington, DC According to the CDC, Hispanics have the longest life expectancy but based on this poll we are at a tipping point in Hispanic health with risks on the horizon from drinking sugary sodas, not eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and lack of access to health care, said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The Alliance today released results of the 2014 Healthy Americas Survey, a bilingual phone survey with a nationally representative sample of 846 respondents fielded from February 16th to March 2nd of this year. The survey was supported by the Healthy Americas Foundation and a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Key findings included: Soda Consumption. During the past 30 days, half (53%) of Hispanics and non-hispanic blacks (51%) report drinking sugary soda daily or weekly compared to 37% of non-hispanic whites. Fruits and Vegetables. Hispanics (7%) and non-hispanic blacks (8%) are significantly less likely than non-hispanic whites (18%) to report eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables on average each day. Usual Source of Care. About one in four (27%) Hispanics report not having a usual place to go to when they are sick or need advice about health compared to 17% of non-hispanic blacks and 7% of non-hispanic whites. Worry About Cost of Care. 40% of Hispanics report that they would be very worried about affording care if they got sick or had an accident compared to 22% of non-hispanic blacks and 11% of non-hispanic whites. We can do better as a nation in prevention. All communities need access to health insurance, affordable fruits and vegetables, and opportunities for physical activity. We need to give parents tools and support to create a healthier future for themselves and their children. It is an agenda for a Healthy America, concluded Dr. Delgado. ### Editors Note: Downloadable version of the 2014 Healthy Americas Survey is available at the Alliance s Healthy Americas Institute website at The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation's foremost science-based source of information and trusted non-partisan advocate for the best health outcomes for all. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million each year. For more information, visit call the Alliance s Su Familia Helpline at , or find us on Facebook at healthyamericas or on Twitter at health4americas.
16 HEAL Act Endorsement Form Winter 2015 The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity supports policies that prevent and reduce obesity and related diseases, including policies that increase consumption of healthy foods and beverages in relation to consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages that have minimal nutritional value, increasing resources for chronic disease prevention in communities, and policies that increase opportunities for safe and affordable physical activity in communities, senior centers, schools, child care settings, and after-school programs. Endorsement IAPO is seeking organizational endorsements of the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Act (HB 5690, SB 3524, and HB 397 HA 1 in the 98 th General Assembly), which is estimated to raise over $600 million a year to invest in prevention and the Illinois Medicaid program through a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugary drinks. By checking the box below, you indicate that your organization s name should be added to the list of endorsing organizations in support of the HEAL Act. By checking the box, you also understand that IAPO members will collectively make (or designate a sub-set of IAPO members to make) decisions about changes to the specifics of the bill as the legislative process and negotiations occur. Endorsing the proposal is a non-lobbying activity and helps to show the growing momentum and support for this campaign. Yes, my organization supports the Healthy Eating Active Living Act to develop a prevention and wellness fund and enhance Medicaid through a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (the HEAL Act) No, we can t endorse legislation, but we can help with education on the health harms of sugary drinks. Organization s Name: Organization s contact: (Name & Title) Phone: Action Thanks! Now that you ve signed up, you can get involved! We can provide educational messages or host education events in our community/with our members about the health harms of sugary beverages. We can send messages to our organization/coalition to encourage them to take action on the issue, like writing to their legislators (grassroots lobbying), submitting stories and letters to the media related to the campaign, etc. (non-lobbying) We can talk with legislators to encourage them to support the HEAL Act We can testify at a subject matter hearing in (please check) Springfield and/or Chicago We can help IAPO with communications related to this campaign (i.e. press releases, letters to the editor, educational messages, earned media strategies, etc.) We can disseminate Rethink Your Drink and HEAL Act materials (posters, RYD water bottles, pledge cards, etc.) at community events and local organizations. Please send me: (#) Rethink Your Drink posters (English) (#) Rethink Your Drink Posters (Spanish) (up to 10) Rethink Your Drink water bottles (#) 30-day Rethink Your Drink pledge cards (#) Rethink Your Drink Brochures (English) (#) Rethink Your Drink Brochures (Spanish) We can reach out to other organizations to ask them to sign-on in support of the HEAL Act Please list which organizations: Return by to or fax to (312) *Members of IAPO are those that have endorsed the eight objectives listed in the IAPO Roadmap. While IAPO as a whole supports the Roadmap, members individually endorse specific legislative priorities and membership in IAPO does not imply endorsement of specific legislation.
17 Extending Knowledge, Changing Lives Research-Based Expertise Engaging Experiential Workshops! Social and Emotional Learning Teacher Professional Development and Parent Workshops for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) are available! Come & explore: Integrating SEL into Academics Culturally Responsive Teaching Bullying Prevention Personality & Learning Styles Project-Based Learning School-Family Partnerships Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle Workshops may be offered at your site or ours! For more information and scheduling, please contact: Durriyyah R. Kemp, Ed.D. SEL Educator, serving Cook County 2205 Enterprise Dr. Suite 501 Westchester, IL Phone: Fax: If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Michael Neil at University of Illinois U.S. Department of Agriculture Local Extension Councils Cooperating University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
18 Volunteers of America HOPE HALL 1919 Main St., Melrose Park, IL Hope Hall is a transitional housing opportunity that utilizes the Safe Haven Model. Hope Hall is a program designed to reach men and women who have been living on the streets for some time and have, for a variety of reasons including mental illness and substance abuse, been unable to find success within the general shelter system. Hope Hall is a collaboration with the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. This collaborative effort will allow us to better identify, engage, assess, and encourage Veterans to achieve overall stability and long-term self-sufficiency. Hope Hall has 14 beds (6 men's doubles and 1 women's double) for Veterans. We will offer 24-hour staff support, a fully equipped laundry facility, access to computers, groups, and case management services to residents of the program. Additionally, we will offer linkages and referrals to medical, mental health, financial services, and other enriched types of engagement techniques. Hope Hall will follow a low threshold/low demand philosophy to create an environment of trust, dignity, and respect. The Hope Hall model involves a carefully braided set of interventions that leverage the benefits of one-on-one counseling/coaching along with the extremely therapeutic benefit of participating in a peer-driven learning environment in which the entire community is organized around core goals of self-improvement and recovery. Eligibility Requirements for Hope Hall Referrals: * Chronically Homeless Veteran * A mental health Diagnosis * A history of trouble (unsuccessful discharges) in other community or VA transitional housing programs For more program information, please contact Ismail Hummos at (312) or by at For information regarding the referral process, please contact: Li Drummond at (708) or by at
19 Winter Session Special Recreation January 6 th -March 21st -Programming for individuals with developmental disabilities VITTUM PARK 5010 WEST 50 TH STREET PROGRAMMING IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO INCREASE SOCIALIZATION, SENSORY INTEGRATION, FINE/GROSS MOTOR, AND TO HAVE FUN! EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMMING- AGES 1-8 Moms, Pops and Tots- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11-12:30pm- $15 Fun and Games- after school programming Weds, Thurs, and Fri 3-6pm- $10 Junior Athletes- Gymnastics, Saturdays 12-3pm- $10 YOUTH PROGRAMMING- AGES 8-13 Fun and Games- after school programming Weds, Thurs, and Fri 3-6pm- $10 Social Club social skills (independent living skills) Thurs, 5-7pm and Sat $10 Special Olympic Training- Wednesdays and Fridays, 5-7pm and Saturdays $15 Bowling League- Every Tuesday 4-7PM at Lawn Lanes Bowling alley- $7 TEEN/ADULT PROGRAMMING- AGES 14 AND UP Adult Volunteer and Daily Living Skills- Tuesdays- Fridays 11-3PM- FREE Health and Fitness- Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 3-5PM- FREE Social Club social skill training Thurs, 5-7pm and Sat 12-3-$10 Special Olympic Training- Wednesdays and Fridays, 5-7pm and Saturdays $15 Bowling League- Every Tuesday 4-7PM at Lawn Lanes Bowling alley, 6750 S. Pulaski PLEASE CONTACT XOCHITL RODRIUGEZ; City of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners Chicago Park District, Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent & CEO For more information about your Chicago Park District, visit or call PLAY, (TTY)