For Immediate Release
April 1, 2016
Contact: Office of Communications
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CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY JOINS LAUNCH OF HEALTHY CHICAGO 2.0
WORKS WITH MORE THAN 130 OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO CLOSE HEALTH DISPARITIES IN CHICAGO COMMUNITIES WITH GREATEST NEED
Chicago – The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) joined the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and more than 400 community leaders and organizations to unveil a new four-year plan to improve health and well-being of Chicago residents. Healthy Chicago 2.0 provides more than 200 strategies to close persistent health disparities facing Chicago communities.
Chicago has made tremendous progress over the past several years addressing health issues; however, significant disparities still remain, impacting specific communities and neighborhoods disproportionately. Healthy Chicago 2.0 focuses on those remaining disparities with strategies that address not only traditional health conditions, but also the root causes of health including education, economic development and housing opportunities. CHA was integral in the development of the new plan and will work hard to ensure its implementation, helping provide greater health equity across Chicago.
“CHA is glad to be a partner of the Chicago Department of Public Health and Healthy Chicago 2.0 because the health of our residents is important to the overall health and well-being of our neighborhoods and city,” said CHA CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. “Like the other partners in this initiative, CHA knows that if we want every Chicago resident to live a healthy and safe life, we must work together to invest in, develop and improve every neighborhood. We are proud to stand with CDPH and so many other great organizations. This is a huge step toward health equity for our city.”
As part of today’s announcement, Mayor Emanuel has asked CDPH to conduct a series of town hall meetings to engage residents in the implementation of the plan. CHA will work with CDPH to promote these events in May, focusing on communities facing the greatest health disparities.
“This innovative plan is an essential first step in making long lasting improvements in the health of our communities and the people who live, work and play in them,” said Dr. Julie Morita, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “With the support of residents and organizations like CHA, we will make Chicago a healthy city for everyone.”
Healthy Chicago 2.0’s Town Hall Meetings Schedule:
- May 4th – 5pm | Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St
- May 5th – 5:30pm | Metropolitan Family Services, 235 E. 103rd St.
- May 11th – 5pm | Little Village Lawndale High School, 3120 S. Kostner
- May 16th – 6pm | By the Hand, 415 N. Laramie Ave.
- May 18th, 5:30pm | Asian Health Coalition and Chinese American Service League, 2141 S. Tan Court.
- May 25th - 6pm | Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St.