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RSVP for April 9 Healthy Teacher Network Workshop

The Healthy Teacher Network Spring Workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 9 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Fulton Elementary School, 5300 S. Hermitage Ave. in Chicago. This free interactive professional development event for Chicago teachers will feature sessions on food marketing and healthy fundraisers. In addition, there will be a resource fair and networking opportunities. A light dinner will also be served. RSVP is required. To register, contact Danielle Heide at dheide@luriechildrens.org or 312-227-7057.


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Events

The calendar is for one-time events only. For ongoing programs, please post your information in the Program Inventory.

Please note that the calendar is only for events promoting childhood obesity prevention - nutrition
and health awareness, physical activity promotion, and meetings and conferences. Submissions go through an approval process before they are posted, so there is a short waiting period before your event appears.

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May 05, 2014, 9:30am- 12:30pm
Event name: Healthy Children: Ready to Learn!
Location: Dyett High School 555 East 51st Street, Chicago, IL
Description: The CPS Office of Early Childhood Education is hosting this Parent Development Conference/Health Fair for preschool parents.
For more information call 773-535-8607 or visit event web site
 
May 05, 2014, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Event name: Health Reform, Public Health, and Health Planning in Illinois
Location: UIC School of Public Health Auditorium, 1603 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL
Description: This forum will include a panel discussion regarding an overview and update on current initiatives, relationships and overlap among these efforts, implementation progress, barriers and gaps, and ways for stakeholders to be involved. The event is free, but registration is required.
For more information visit event web site
 
May 21, 2014 – May 24, 2014
Event name: International Society for Behavior, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Annual Meeting
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt , San Diego, CA
For more information visit event web site
 
June 04, 2014 – June 05, 2014
Event name: National Soda Summit 2014
Location: The National Press Club, Washington, DC
Description: The conference will bring together national and international experts; public health professionals; and local, state and national policymakers to explore a comprehensive set of topics, including the latest science on sugar drinks and health; lessons learned from past and current soda tax battles; and other policies that help limit the consumption of sugar drinks.
For more information visit event web site
 
June 11, 2014, 1 - 4 p.m.
Event name: CLOCC Quarterly Meeting
Location: Conference Center at UBS Tower, 1 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
For more information call 312-227-7100
 
September 16, 2014, 1 - 4 p.m.
Event name: CLOCC Quarterly Meeting
Location: Conference Center at UBS Tower, 1 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
For more information call 312-227-7100
 
December 11, 2014, 1 - 4 p.m.
Event name: CLOCC Quarterly Meeting
Location: Conference Center at USB Tower, 1 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
For more information call 312-227-7100
 
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Business/organization: Girls in the Game
Programs
1501 West Randolph, Chicago, IL

Contact info: Allison
Liefer
aliefer@girlsinthegame.org

Title/position: Camps and Clinics Manager

Job description: About Girls in the Game

Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls. Our year-round continuum of programs includes after school programs for elementary-, middle- and high-school girls, a four-week summer camp, one-day health fests, a year-round leadership development program and family events.

Position Summary
The Camps and Clinics Manager oversees multiple programs with an emphasis on building relationships with new sites, community partners and program participants. Programming includes a Summer Camp for 120 girls, clinics on school breaks, and 15-25 Game Days – one day events for groups of 20-100 girls. All programming follows a set curriculum and each program incorporates sports and fitness, health, and leadership development. The Camps and Clinics Manager is responsible for curriculum development, program planning and logistics, record keeping, program delivery, managing staff, and monitoring financials. From September through June, the position focuses on clinics during school breaks, Game Days and planning for Summer Camp. Summer Camp operates daily for in July with four weeks of day camp in Chicago and three days of overnight camp at a campground (sleeping accommodations are cabins). The Camps and Clinics Manager directs Summer Camp including hiring and training staff, setting the camp calendar and curriculum, recruiting participants, organizing daily bus transportation and scheduling field trips. In addition to temporary Summer Camp staff, this position supervises one full-time, year-round Camps and Clinics Specialist. This position reports to the Programs Director.

Primary Responsibilities
 Plan 15-25 Game Days, two school break clinics and Summer Camp including securing sites, recruiting participants, preparing materials, organizing staff and leading programming
 Meet program expectations of 15-25 Game Days reaching at least 1,000 participants
 Meet program expectations for Summer Camp including enrolling 120 campers with an 80 percent attendance rate, and providing opportunities for teen participants to be counselors
 Program and curriculum development in accordance with Girls in the Game’s long-term vision
 Act as a representative of the organization and build relationships with new sites (e.g. schools and parks), community partners (e.g. sports teams, colleges, corporate volunteer groups), participants and their families
 Build and maintain relationships with at least 15 program sites
 Lead site relations including scheduling programming and negotiating linkage agreements
 Supervise one full-time direct report and a seasonal Summer Camp staff of 25 ranging in age from 14 to adult
 Plan and implement a program for staff training and development
 Financial management including planning program budgets, collecting program fees from sites and families, and monitoring expenses and grant requirements
 Manage program records, ensure timely data entry in our Salesforce.com database, and analyze program data using Salesforce.com reports
 Review all program materials for quality
 Assist with program evaluation
 Work with other Girls in the Game program managers to ensure integration across programs
 Other duties as assigned

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in youth or teen development, education, sports or recreational
management, administration or a related field
• At least three years of experience working with youth or teens and leading groups
• Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills
• Experience hiring, supervising and developing staff
• Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Access to a car for regular travel and transporting supplies to sites throughout Chicago
• Demonstrated knowledge of computer environments, e.g. Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
and PowerPoint
• Attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing materials, establishing priorities and meeting
deadlines
• Ability to take the initiative to make decisions/choices without direct supervision
• Athletic ability is not required, but applicants must be able to learn and demonstrate the basic skills of
multiple sports and fitness activities
• Spanish speaking ability strongly desired
Licensing Required
• Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work
• Verification of degree/credentials
• Background check and fingerprint clearance
• Must be available to work evenings and weekends for various scheduled events
• Agreement to uphold all of the Girls in the Game Policies and Procedures (by signature)

Core Competencies
 Representing the organization
 Relationship building
 Supporting and developing others
 Decision quality
 Youth/teen development
Communication Skills
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with adults including staff, parents/guardians, teachers
and school administrators; ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups; ability to write reports,
correspondence and program procedures; ability to lead staff trainings and professional development sessions;
ability to write curriculum

Reasoning Ability
Ability to read, analyze and interpret curricula, learning standards, database reports, grant requirements and
financial statements; ability to solve practical problems among staff, sites, participants and family members;
ability to evaluate situations and make independent decisions that align with Girls in the Game standards; ability to write and implement quarterly and annual program plans that serve Girls in the Game’s long-term vision;
ability to organize and analyze information with a high attention to detail; ability to manage multiple projects at
once

Working Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This position requires:
Frequently: sitting, walking, running, active play, seeing, hearing, speaking, standing, carrying
Occasionally: stooping, lift up to 40 lbs, squatting, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling
Seldom: climbing, twisting

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This is a fast paced environment and the noise level is usually moderate.

Compensation
The starting salary for this position is $37,000 annually based on experience. Health, dental and retirement benefits also provided.

For more information or to apply, please email or fax a resume and cover letter to Human Resources at hr@girlsinthegame.org or 312.633.4897. Due to the high volume of applications, PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS

Business/organization: Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 W Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL

Title/position: Director of Public Policy

Job description: Overview:

Serves as the internal policy expert on legislative and advocacy issues related to hunger, poverty, and other material areas which impact the population served. Prepares and recommends organization’s annual policy agenda for approval. Supports the management and direction of a community team staff to ensure accurate delivery of organization’s mission, goals and strategy through encouraging participation in advocacy, training and development. This position works closely with Communications.


Responsibilities:

•Provide recommendations to executive team on research priorities and advises on GCFD endorsement of policy agendas and reports.
•Participate in policy-related meetings, events and conferences (such as Food Research and Action Center, Illinois Hunger Coalition, etc). Serve as liaison to the national office’s policy and research department.
•Work closely with the Communication team to ensure alignment and approval.
•Support the overall goals of the Community and Network Team.
•Ensure knowledge relating to policy effecting the organization’s mission is current and informed
•Positions and ensures the work of the Organization is in the forefront of necessary parties/constituents
•Maintain a turnover file.


Qualifications:

•Graduate degree, relative experience and proven track record in policy work, program management, development and evaluation, including community outreach and organizing experience.
•Supervisory experience, management of staff; ability to lead and direct work of individuals and teams in collaborative environment.
•Strong analytical, planning and evaluation skills; disciplined work ethic.
•Strong communication and group facilitation skills; excellent written skills, ability to present and interact with key constituents.
•Must be able to travel
•Own vehicle with valid license and insurance

Please apply at http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org

Business/organization: Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Title/position: AmeriCorps Program Associate

Job description: The Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) seeks a program associate to oversee PHIMC’s Healthy Communities Corps (HCC) AmeriCorps program and provide support to the Chicago Health Corps AmeriCorps program.

PHIMC’s AmeriCorps programs build the capacity of health-focused, community organizations by placing AmeriCorps members at partnering organizations in a year of service. PHIMC partners with a variety of organizations including community health centers, school health centers, public health departments, public schools and community-based organizations.

HCC members accomplish the mission by engaging in one or more of HCC’s key strategies: supporting enrollment into nutrition assistance benefit programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); connecting families to healthy food access points and emergency food resources; providing nutrition/food education to youth and adults and; improving food environments to promote and increase access to healthy foods.

CHC members accomplish the mission by conducting health outreach, teaching health education classes, providing health screenings, linking clients to health services, and assisting with insurance and benefits enrollment.

AmeriCorps members also participate in all mandatory program components including: Host Site Service; Member Committees, Pre-Service Orientation; Member Meetings, Retreats, and In-service days (1-2 times/month), and administrative reporting and administrative duties.

Responsibilities/Duties

The AmeriCorps Program Associate reports to the AmeriCorps Program Director. The Program Associate is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Healthy Communities Corps, including oversight of members, host site organizations, program monitoring, reporting and event planning. The Program Associate also supports the activities of the Chicago Health Corps.

• Oversee the recruitment & placement of 12 AmeriCorps members including application review, interviewing, criminal history checks and eligibility verification;
• Provide training to and oversight of host sites and site supervisors to ensure that all aspects of the program are successfully implemented and they are familiar with AmeriCorps regulations;
• Provide oversight of members to ensure services are in compliance with AmeriCorps regulations, position descriptions and supporting performance measures;
• Collaborate with the Program Director to plan and implement member orientation, member training, service projects and other member support activities for all PHIMC AmeriCorps members;
• Attend required meetings and trainings provided by the Serve Illinois Commission;
• Maintain program systems, documentation and files to ensure compliance with AmeriCorps rules and regulations;
• Compile program reports for the Serve Illinois Commission as required.

Preferred qualifications:

• Bachelors Degree and some experience with national service, volunteer management, nutrition/food access, public health or other related fields. Masters degree preferred;
• Experience with grant reporting and compliance;
• Experience supervising and mentoring volunteers, interns and/or staff;
• Experience developing and providing trainings and presentations;
• Flexibility and ability to manage multiple projects;
• Ability to work independently with close attention to detail.

PHIMC is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

To Apply: E-mail cover letters addressed to Hiring Committee and resumes to info@phimc.org with AmeriCorps in the subject line. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 21, 2014. No phone inquires will be accepted.

Business/organization: CLOCC
CLOCC office, Chicago, IL

Contact info: Apply at http://bit.ly/1iq3Euj

Title/position: Communications Manager

Job description: The primary responsibility is to manage, with the support of and input from CLOCC’s leadership team, CLOCC’s overall communications strategy. This includes overseeing all organizational communication vehicles such as the website, social media, publications, and e-newsletter. The position will also manage our media relations and the membership database.

Apply on the Lurie Children's Hospital website at http://bit.ly/1iq3Euj.

Area Specific Job Accountabilities:

1. Design and implement a comprehensive communications strategy that incorporates diverse audiences and stakeholders to advance CLOCC’s profile.

2. Create and/or edit communication mechanisms, including fact sheets, toolkits, newsletters, brochures, invitations, and other collaterals as needed. Serve as technical editor/proofreader prior to publication/dissemination.

3. Collaborate across program areas to gather news and information related to programmatic and fundraising opportunities.

4. Maintain website(s) and blog(s), including content development/management, moderation, and site updating.

5. Manage all creative partners and vendors pertaining to communications.

6. Manage and grow CLOCC’s social media presence including posting to Facebook and Twitter accounts, YouTube and other social media platforms.

7. Create and disseminate media alerts and press releases; manage all aspects of media relations, including pitching stories, fielding inquiries, scheduling interviews, and making media appearances or supporting directors and staff making media appearances.

8. Oversee the maintenance of the membership database.

9. Define and manage efficient processes and protocols for coordinating and executing communications-related projects.

10. Assume other responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field required.

2. Five or more years of progressive experience in non-profit and/or health-related communications.

3. Strong project leadership skills within a multi-disciplinary team; ability to set priorities and maintain strategic focus and follow-through in a fast-paced environment.

4. Excellent oral and written communication skills required, English/Spanish desirable. Technical editing/proofreading experience preferred.

5. Demonstrated experience in health communications, journalism, media advocacy, public relations, and/or social marketing.

6. Demonstrated experience with publication writing, editorial, and production processes.

7. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience creating, maintaining, and updating website content and/or working with website content management software. Experience with social network administration required. Experience with Adobe InDesign strongly preferred.

8. Excellent organizational skills with the ability to establish priorities and react promptly to a large variety of requests and needs from various stakeholders.

9. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

10. Ability to work with subcontractors, designers, and other vendors to ensure on-time and on-budget project delivery.

11. Ability to work in the evenings or weekends, as needed.

Working Conditions:

Normal office environment, including computer monitor exposure during the performance of assigned duties.
May require local travel, out-of-town travel, and participation in weekend and evening events.
Minimal likelihood of occupational exposure to pathogens during performance of assigned duties.

Apply online at http://bit.ly/1iq3Euj.

Business/organization: CLOCC
CLOCC office, Chicago, IL

Contact info: Anna Barnes
abarnes@luriechildrens.org

Title/position: Schools Intern

Job description: CLOCC is a partner on Healthy CPS, an initiative of Healthy Chicago led by the Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Health and Wellness to support schools in policy, direct service, partnerships, health and physical education and health promotion. As a part of Healthy CPS, CLOCC is working to identify barriers that mobile vendors (vendedores ambulantes) face in selling healthy options, provide technical assistance to vendors, and support vendors’ transition to healthy food sales near 25 schools on the Southwest side, primarily in Little Village, Brighton Park, Gage Park and Chicago Lawn. The MPH student will assist with activities related to the Healthy mobile vending project including:
1) Completing observational menu audits of mobile food vendors at select schools;
2) Entering, cleaning, and analyzing menu audit data using Excel and SPSS;
3) Assisting with documentation of best practices, success stories, and lessons learned from various stakeholders involved in the project that will then be used to develop a toolkit to support healthy mobile vending near schools in the future; and
4) Other related tasks pertaining to the Healthy mobile vending project and CLOCC’s school-focused priorities.

First, the student will help conduct a menu audit assessment during the months of May and June. The purpose of the menu audit is to inventory the products being sold by mobile food vendors at a sample of schools. Menu audits are completed after-school, from the period between dismissal and the time vendors leave the premises. Completing the audit also involves outreach and engagement with vendors. Second, the student will assist with data analysis and preparation of the data into tables and graphs for reports. In addition, the student will help collect and document information for the development of a toolkit.
Lastly, the student will become familiar with CLOCC’s overarching mission and vision to implement obesity prevention strategies across the city. The student will attend staff meetings, Quarterly Meetings and related Interest Group meetings.
Required Qualifications:
• Bilingual in Spanish
• BA preferred, with one year of coursework towards an MPH
• Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
• Outgoing personality, comfortable talking to community members, vendors, school staff, parents
• Strong writing and analytic skills
• Ability to work effectively with a diverse population including school staff, students, and community partners
• Computer literacy - familiar with Microsoft Office

Additional Qualifications Sought:
• Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
• At least one year of experience in community health services and/or other community or school health-related settings preferred
• Interest in public health interventions focused on school and community environments
• Ability to travel to the southwest side of Chicago on a daily basis (car preferred)

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Anna Barnes at abarnes@luriechildrens.org.

 

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Volunteer Available/Volunteer Needed

Fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering or if you are looking for volunteers

To contact a volunteer or respond to a volunteer request:
E-mail your request to info@clocc.net and include the Volunteer ID in the subject line.

Volunteer postings will be active for 30 days from approval.


Volunteer ID: 1676
Hours available per week: 15-20
Details: I work in the food industry as a Pastry Chef. As a young child I always dealt with being overweight and have struggled with it ever since. Being in the Pastry Industry doesn't help this either so I wanted to reach out to a program where I can direct my knowledge of food to a healthier aspect. I would like to work with kids and/or a program that wants to instill knowledge to not only kids but the parents as well, that we need to fuel our bodies to function and live a long healthy life, as opposed to just eating for our feelings or something we were told to do. I have a very flexible schedule and a lot of free time that I would love to volunteer in any aspect.

Volunteer ID: 1677
Hours available per week: 20-30
Details: I am a master's of public health student looking for field practicum opportunities. I am interested in volunteering programs involving childhood obesity, physical activity. Taking charge of your health programs regarding chronic diseases. I would also like working with communities and programs regarding their welfare. I am also interested in environmental health programs.I would be interested in anything which will give me an experience working in the field of public health.

Volunteer ID: 1678
Hours available per week: 5
Details: I am interested in volunteering for an organization that focuses on encouraging healthy lifestyles in children. I am seeking an opportunity to have a direct impact on children's lives and help them attain the knowledge and/or motivation to live healthy.

Volunteer ID: 1681
Hours available per week: 3-5
Details: I am conducting a childhood obesity related study that involves several focus groups and I am in need of volunteer to take field notes( training included). My research project involves examining perceptions of healthy eating habits in youth. The project will occur afterschool at local community organizations on the West side of the city. The focus group sessions will take place about 2-3 times per week for one to two hours per session.

To contact a volunteer:
E-mail your request to info@clocc.net and include the Volunteer ID in the subject.

 


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