Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2017: 'AmeriCorps Works' to Address Community Needs via Local Public Health Agencies Across Illinois

Current IPHA AmeriCorps Members tell us how 'AmeriCorps Works' to address community needs via local public health agencies across Illinois. 


“I am helping Chicagoland combat the epidemic of childhood obesity by educating low-income children on the importance of nutrition and physical wellbeing.” –Devin, Common Threads (Chicago)


“I am helping to end homelessness and new HIV infections in Chicago by providing access to stable housing to individuals who are HIV positive.” –Erika, Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance (Chicago) 


“I am helping reduce food insecurity and hunger by signing clients up for SNAP benefits, educating clients on how to utilize and maximize SNAP benefits, providing nutrition education, running a community garden complete with community engagement activities, and helping to provide food pantry services.” –Emily, Respond Now (Chicago Heights)


“I am supporting single mothers by collaborating with local resources and creating a community outreach program. The program’s purpose is to improve the overall health/wellness of single mothers and their children.” –Lindsay, Schuyler County Health Department (Rushville)


“I am helping low income HIV positive individuals in the Chicago area by assisting in their care through education and outreach.” –Liza, Erie Family Health Center (Chicago)


“I am helping Cis and Trans-Women of Color who are socially impacted by STD’s and STI’s in the Chicagoland Area by distributing condoms and hosting monthly Safer Sex Ed classes.” –Meghan, AIDS Foundation of Chicago


“I am helping the Alivio Medical Center’s patients, family, and community members by providing and arranging for the patients, family, and community members to take a First Aid and CPR class that will be taught by the American Red Cross, as part of an Emergency Preparedness plan for the community. Also, I am in the process of creating a display to educate the patients, family, and community members on various ways to prepare for emergencies such as winter storms, tornadoes, extreme heat, and extreme cold.” –Michele, Alivio Medical Center (Chicago)


“I am helping raise awareness about childhood obesity in Kane County communities by offering educational resources, bringing initiatives to local schools that need to implement wellness programs and policies, and also by implementing programs that impact children’s nutrition and promote physical activity throughout Kane County.” –Maria, Kane County Health Department (Aurora)


“I am helping residents of St. Clair County by conducting community outreach to inform at-risk pregnant women of services that are available to them at St. Clair County Health Department.” –Teara, St. Clair County Health Department (Belleville)


“I am helping domestic violence victims and survivors by providing emotional support, assisting with Orders of Protection, and walking them through the court process.” –Grace, Macoupin County Public Health Department (Carlinville)


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