David C. Perry, Director, Great Cities Institute,
A National Conversation on the Healthy City
Moderator: Steve Edwards, Host of Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio
Panelists: Alan Ehrenhalt, Executive Editor, Governing Magazine and
Noted panelists will discuss the connections between personal, environmental, and institutional health, and how they converge in the city. Without sound personal health, one cannot meet the challenges of the city nor take advantage of the opportunities of urban life. Conversely, without a “healthy” city, one’s personal health can be threatened or compromised. The panelists will discuss the ways that the strength of a city’s economy, the sustainability of its environment, the security of its housing and neighborhoods, and the effectiveness, responsiveness, and equity of its public and private institutional practices, all combine to secure or impede the quality of urban life.
Building Capacity for Healthy Community Change: The Case of the Chicago Food System Collaborative
Moderator: Charlotte Tate, Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences, UIC
Panelist: Joanne Kouba, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director, Dietetic Internship, Loyola University Chicago
This session centers on how interdisciplinary partnerships can build community capacity to improve health. Members of the Chicago Food System Collaborative (CFSC), partners from four academic institutions and three community-based organizations, partnered to address the issue of community food access and resources to support healthy lifestyles in a working class African-American neighborhood. Discussions will include their roles and perspectives on partnerships that build community capacity for change.
Healthy Governments and Policies: The Fiscal Health of the City
Moderator: Michael Pagano, Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UIC
Panelists: Brian Murphy, Cambridge City Councillor, Cambridge, MA
The panel will examine city capacity to promote and enhance a quality of life, focusing on the nexus between city, the fiscal health of a city government, and its capacity to promote “healthy” policies for its residents and businesses. Discussions will include support for leisure activities, environmental issues, and health-related programs for seniors and school-age children.
A Major New Player in Urban Health Care: The Criminal Justice System
Moderator: Paul Goldstein, Professor, School of Public Health, UIC
Panelists: Tamara Cox, Chicago Department of Public Health and
The number of persons incarcerated in America’s jails and prisons has grown tremendously over the past three decades. These persons are disproportionately poor, residents of major urban areas, and persons of color who are not getting adequate health care in the community. This panel explores the emergent role of correctional health care in filling this gap, and raises issues concerning the continuity of care when former prisoners re-enter the community.
The Vernon D. Jarrett Session on Education, Race, and the City
Moderator: David Stovall, Assistant Professor, College of Education, UIC
Panelists: Janet Smith, Co-Director, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, UIC
Many communities in Chicago are being dramatically transformed by public housing redevelopment. These transformations will also have a significant impact on schools in those communities and on school policy in general. This panel seeks to locate and discuss the intersections and convergence of housing and school policy in Chicago. Through data and critical analysis, the panel will discuss the current political and public policy trend with specific importance to urban areas.
Mobilizing Community-Based Organizations for Healthy Communities
Moderator: Susan Curry, Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy, UIC
Panelists: Jaime Delgado, Services Director, Community Outreach Intervention Project, UIC
This session will focus on the challenges of identifying approaches that “work” with community-based organizations, balancing implementation and evaluation, and describing model collaborations in targeting public health priorities.
Housing, Community Development, and Public Health: New Opportunities to Connect the Dots
Panelists: David E. Jacobs, Former Director, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Housing and communities can either contribute to or adversely affect human physical and mental health, with important implications for economic viability, research, policy development and overall social stability and progress. The physical structure of housing, together with the social and psychological aspects of the home and the surrounding neighborhood are related to many key determinants of health. This session will review the evidence of the housing/health connection, the establishment of a new nationwide healthy homes training network, and how local tax policies can promote healthful housing conditions.
Healthy School Environments and Higher School Performance
Moderator: William Worek, Director, Energy Resources Center, UIC
Panelists: William Abolt, (Invited) Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure
Studies have shown that improving the quality of school indoor air, lighting, and other energy efficiency measures can improve student and teacher performance. Speakers will review the documented evidence of improved performance after successful retrofits, as well as practices that could improve the indoor environment of Illinois classrooms. Discussions will center on strategies for schools to improve performance through improved indoor environmental quality.
Building Community Capacity for a Healthy Neighborhood: Learning from University-Community Partnerships
Moderator: Nacho Gonzalez, Associate Director, UIC Neighborhoods Initiative, Great Cities Institute, UIC
This session will discuss the potential for institutional partnerships to contribute to a healthy neighborhood. The experience of university-community partnerships at UIC and other universities has shown that they can successfully build neighborhood capacity. Expert practitioners will discuss their experience with university-community partnerships -- focusing on factors required for partnerships to achieve a high level of impact.
Race and the Health Outcomes of Minority Youth
Moderator: Barbara Sugland, Executive Director, Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance (CARTA), Baltimore, MD
Panelists: Philip Bowman, Director, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, UIC
This session discusses the health outcomes of minority youth in cities. Speakers will explore the connection between health outcomes and structural racism.
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health, Columbia University
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. Dr. Fullilove has worked as a community psychiatrist and has studied AIDS and other challenges facing inner-city neighborhoods. She is the author of The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place and Root Shock: How Tearing up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do about It.
Urban Emergency Preparedness and the Healthy City
Moderator: Arkalgud Ramaprasad, Professor and Head, Information and Decisions Sciences, College of Business Administration, UIC
Panelists: Norris Beren, Director, Emergency Preparedness Educational Institute
The terrorist bombing in London and hurricane Katrina in New Orleans have drawn attention to the need for our cities to be well prepared and effective responders to unexpected events. Preparing to respond to a high consequence event is a critical aspect of the overall health of a city. Speakers will discuss how we can ensure urban continuity by developing knowledge, tools, technologies, models, and strategies for preparation and response.
Housing: A Human Right to the City
Moderator: Janet Smith, Co-Director, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, and Associate Professor, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UIC
Panelists: Larry Bennett, Associate Professor, Political Science, DePaul University
This session will focus on the issue of place and displacement as it relates to current policy and programs intended to benefit poor people. Panelists will share how public housing residents are keeping their roots to improve conditions in which they live. A particular focus will be on fighting displacement using the human right to housing, a right not formally granted people in the U.S. but recognized under international law and treaties that the U.S. supports.
Creating and Sustaining the Infrastructure of a Healthy Community
Moderator: Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, Director, UIC Neighborhoods Initiative, Great Cities Institute, UIC
Panelists: Michele Kelley, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, UIC
The modern health care system has become increasingly adept in addressing disparities in health for vulnerable citizens. Safety net providers address the personal health of populations of low income, immigrant, migrant and even homeless families. However, is it truly progress when a healthy individual exits this system unemployed, unprotected, uneducated and homeless? This panel will examine health disparities from a social context.
Transformative Leaders for Low Performing Schools
Moderator: Steve Tozer, Professor, College of Education,UIC
Panelists: Allan Alson, Superintendent, Evanston Township High School District #202, and Founder, Minority Student Achievement Network
This session addresses recent research showing that student performance in low performing schools can be dramatically improved by improving the organization of the school itself. Organizing schools for student success appears to be dependent on high quality leadership at the school level. This panel will address the meaning of high quality school leadership and the role of higher education in developing it.
North Lawndale: Preservation, Design, and Image Building towards a healthier community
Moderator: Brent D. Ryan, Co-Director, City Design Center and Assistant Professor, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UIC
Panelists: David P. Brown, Associate Director, City Design Center, and Associate Professor, UIC School of Architecture
North Lawndale is a West Side community that is engaged in comprehensive, interlinked efforts to restore the community’s pride of place. This session will present three suchinitiatives: Lawndale Heritage, Lawndale Conversations, and the Learning from Lawndale exhibit and architectural design competition.