Health Policy Summit on Nov. 14
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The 6th Annual Southwestern Illinois Health Policy Summit will be held on Friday, November 14. Metro-east policymakers and professionals from health, medicine, education, and engineering will come together to learn and talk about Implications of the Changing Healthcare Landscape.
The two keynote speakers are highly qualified to share their perspectives on the future of healthcare. Katie Clarke Adamson, Senior Director of Health Partnerships and Policy for YMCA of the USA, has over 24 years of experience in health policy, partnership development and strategic planning in the non-profit, private and government sectors. At the YMCA’s national resource office, she provides guidance and consultation on healthy living policy, partnership and program strategies at the national level and for local Ys and the state alliances of YMCAs. She also helps advance healthy living legislative and advocacy strategies at the state and federal levels.
Linda Reneé Baker, from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, is the second keynote speaker. Dr. Baker is the former secretary of Illinois’ largest state agency, the Department of Human Services. During her tenure, the agency directed and implemented the state's nationally recognized welfare reform efforts. Dr. Baker’s current position focuses on expanding access to high-quality health care, in partnership with the SIU School of Medicine, and helping minorities and people with disabilities realize their full potential.
A panel of invited community leaders will comment on the morning’s discussion and how it relates to the metro-east region. Dr. Karen Kelly, an associate professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and a health policy expert, will facilitate the panel discussion. After lunch, participants will attend a selected breakout session: Hospital Community Benefits, Built Environment, School Health, Worksite Wellness, or Community Projects.
The Summit will be held on Friday, November 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fountains Conference Center at Four Points Sheraton, 319 Fountains Parkway in Fairview Heights.
Participants can register for the Summit through November 10. Online registration (preferred) is available or participants can mail the registration form and payment to Get Up & Go!, P.O. Box 304, Belleville, IL 62220. Questions? Call Mark Peters at the St. Clair County Health Department at (618) 825-4423.
Students: $25 (first 50 students, thereafter $35)
Teacher/ School Administrator: $35
Nurse: $45 (includes CEU’s)
Community Garden Grants Awarded by Get Up & Go!
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The vision of Get Up and Go! is to transform St. Clair County into the healthiest county in the U.S. by 2020. We believe that healthy eating and active living are both essential in achieving that aim. In 2014, the Board of Directors of Get Up & Go! took a serious step towards promoting the healthy eating “side of the equation” by voting to award $5,000 in grants to support community gardening.
The first step was to develop a simple grant application. We followed this by scheduling three information sessions across the county featuring master gardeners and others with community gardening experience. We were excited that fifty-five people come out to learn more about gardening and eventually fifteen applications were submitted. Three reviewers independently reviewed each application using a pre-established scoring system.
Nine gardens received awards varying from $250 to $1,000 depending on the age of the size, scope and the age of the garden. Garden awardees were diverse in geography, sponsoring organization, and mission.
For example, the O’Fallon Garden Club used their funds to purchase tools and supplies. Their garden, at the corner of South Smiley and East State Street, grew and donated 2,800 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to local food pantries. The Lebanon Garden Club sponsors gardens in three separate locations around Lebanon with a mission of teaching participants about growing and preparing fresh vegetables. Their efforts reach children, college students, and adults residing at Cedar Ridge Care Center. At St. John's United Church of Christ in Fairview Heights (pictured), a Boy Scout troop helped build the garden beds.
Among the new gardens funded was a new community garden in Smithton. The Village of Smithton donated the land and water access for the garden. In this first year, eight enthusiastic gardeners have plots with plans to expand next year.
The Board of Directors has voted to continue this program next year as funding permits. For more information, photos of the garden awardees, or if you’d like to help by donating funds or volunteering with this effort, visit our website.
Suggest Bike/Ped Improvements in the Metro-East
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Have you ever been on a walk or bike ride and wished that it was a little safer? Maybe it was hard to safely cross a busy street or the sidewalk was in poor condition. Metro-East Parks and Recreation District (MEPRD) wants to hear from you.
They’ve created an interactive map for pedestrians and cyclists to identify intersections or locations where improvements are needed. Suggestions might include adding crosswalks, push buttons, trails, sidewalks, signage, or flashing beacons. You can make any suggestion you think would make the road safer for walkers and cyclists. The map covers St. Clair and Madison Counties. You can also leave comments on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MEPRD
St. Clair County's We Choose Health Initiative Comes to an Early Close
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We Choose Health began in 2011 as a multi-year Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) initiative to encourage and support the implementation of proactive health policies and programs that fall under three categories: Healthy Eating and Active Living, Smoke-free Living, and Healthy and Safe Built Environments. In Illinois, the funding of $5 million per year over five years (2011-2016) was awarded after a highly competitive national application process. The IDPH and its community partners are using these funds to implement We Choose Health throughout Illinois.
Nationally, We Choose Health was supported by a $25 million Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CTG program supports states and communities that tackle the root causes of poor health so Americans can lead healthier, more productive lives. By promoting healthy lifestyles – especially among population groups experiencing the highest rates of chronic disease – these grants will help improve health, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.
The St. Clair County Health Department received funding for the We Choose Health grant from the IDPH in 2012 to develop a four-year community health plan. This initiative established three strategic areas intended to have a sustainable impact in St. Clair County:
- Healthy and safe schools
- Active and pedestrian-friendly streets
- Tobacco-free multi-unit public housing
The leadership and support for We Choose Health was provided by staff and volunteers from the St. Clair County Health Department, the Get Up & Go! Health and Wellness Campaign, McKendree University, HeartLands Conservancy, the YMCA of Southwest Illinois, and the East Side Health District. These organizations served as the We Choose Health Steering Team to ensure that goals and objectives were collaboratively addressed among a growing list of partners.
Unfortunately, in the Spring of 2014, the U.S. Congress announced that CTG funds would no longer be available to States after September 2014. While this announcement was a disappointment to the members of the We Choose Health Steering Team and the organizations who represent the St. Clair County Health Care Commission, it hasn’t deterred a collective commitment to our shared vision for health that began in 2009. In fact, it has increased our desire and determination to work together so that we can sustain many of the activities initiated through We Choose Health funding.
We’re grateful for the support provided by the IDPH We Choose Health initiative and the opportunity for the St. Clair County Health Department, the IDPH and the CDC to make an impact on the health of our communities. Over the last two years, these strategic areas have served as pivot points for helping St. Clair County realize a shared Vision for Health by the Year 2020.
The St. Clair County Health Department would like to thanks all of the schools, communities and organizations who participated in St. Clair County’s We Choose Health activities over the last two years. Your spirit of cooperation and partnership has enabled local citizens and students to have access to opportunities for active living, healthy eating, and safer communities.
Rosemary Roasted Butternut Squash
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1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil, or more to taste
Sea salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix butternut squash cubes, garlic, rosemary, olive oil, salt, and black pepper until well coated.
- Spread mixture into a large baking dish.
- Bake in preheated oven until squash is caramelized and golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.
Posted on www.allrecipes.com by Kristin Licavoli