8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

David C. Perry, Director, Great Cities Institute,
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Sylvia Manning, Chancellor, UIC
B. Joseph White, President, University of Illinois

9:15 am
Opening Plenary

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
author of The Lost City
Aida Giachello, Associate Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work, UIC
Michelle Obama, Vice President, Community and External Affairs, University of Chicago Hospitals
Susan Scrimshaw, Dean, School of Public Health, UIC

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.

10:15 am

10:45 am
Concurrent Sessions

Session 1

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
LaDonna Redmond, President and CEO, Institute for Community Resource Development
Shyaam Shabaka, President, Food First, Oakland, CA
Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Associate Professor, College of Applied Health Sciences, UIC

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.

Session 2

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
William Stafford, Finance Director, City of Evanston, Evanston, IL
Rebecca Hendrick, Associate Professor, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UIC

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.

Session 3

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
Co-Chair, Illinois Public Health and Corrections Task Force
Melody Heaps, CEO, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities
Arthur Lurigio, Professor and Chair, Criminal Justice, Loyola University Chicago

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.

Session 4

The Vernon D. Jarrett Session on Education, Race, and the City
The Impact of Redevelopment on Education in Chicago

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.

Session 5

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
Michele Kelley, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, UIC
Steven Whitman, Director, Sinai Urban Health Institute

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.

Session 6

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
Rebecca Morley, Executive Director, National Center for Healthy Housing,Columbia, MD
Anne Evens, Chicago Public Health Department

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.

Session 7

Healthy School Environments and Higher School Performance

Moderator:  William Worek, Director, Energy Resources Center, UIC

Panelists:  William Abolt, (Invited) Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure
Michael Chimak, Principal Research Engineer, Engineering Solutions Group, Energy Resources Center, UIC
John Wimer, Chief Operations Officer, National Energy Management Institute, Alexandria, VA

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.

Session 8

Building Community Capacity for a Healthy Neighborhood: Learning from University-Community Partnerships

Moderator:  Nacho Gonzalez, Associate Director, UIC Neighborhoods Initiative, Great Cities Institute, UIC
Panelists:  Patrick Bayard, Project Manager, Breaking Ground
Isaac Lewis, Director, Strategic Human Services & North Lawndale Community News
Silvia Rivera, Community Affairs Director, Radio Arte
Edison Trickett, Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 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.

Session 9

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
Gregory Hodge, Youth Development Consultant, and Member, Board of Education of the Oakland Unified School District

This session discusses the health outcomes of minority youth in cities. Speakers will explore the connection between health outcomes and structural racism.

12:30 Noon
Luncheon and Keynote Address Greetings
R. Michael Tanner, Provost, UIC

Keynote Address:

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.

2:00 pm
Concurrent Discussion Sessions

Session 10

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
Matt Liotine, College of Business Administration, UIC
Layton E. Olson, Attorney, Howe & Hutton, Ltd.
Alaka Wali, Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIC

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.

Session 11

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
Willie Fleming, Coalition to Protect Public Housing, Resident of Cabrini Green
Doug Schenkelberg, Director of Housing Policy and Advocacy, Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing

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.

Session 12

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
Shirley Fleming, Former Deputy Commissioner of Health, City of Chicago,  Department of Public Health
Richard Sewell, Clinical Assistant 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.

Session 13

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.

Session 14

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
Nicole Cabell-Pope, Founder/President Build Today, Lead Tomorrow
Charles Leeks,Neighborhood Director, North Lawndale Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

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.

3:30 pm
Forum Concludes

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