The World Café model is a technique designed to encourage large group dialogue. The room is typically set up to look like a café, with small tables. Each table has a host, and group members move from table to table at specified intervals (for example, every 20 minutes). For further information, please see www.theworldcafe.com. In this case, each of the small café-type tables was hosted by one of the programs below.
MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE (MOOC)
Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Health Care
Hosted by Melissa Simon, M.D., M.P.H., Shaneah Taylor, and Emmanuel Cordova of Northwestern University; Regine R. Rucker, Ph.D., M.P.A., Program Coordinator, Health Sciences and Personal Care Services, Career and Technical Education, Early College and Career Education, Office of College and Career Success, Chicago Public Schools
A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the Internet. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants. MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education.
This specific MOOC is the first to be offered to Chicago Public Schools students and aims to help high school students, recent graduates, and those considering career transitions explore health care career options and learn strategies for entry into the health care workforce and health-related fields. The course will introduce you to health care professions, help you map a path toward a health career, and impart skills relevant for any career, including articulating your personal story, resume and cover letter writing, job search, interviewing, professional networking, and professional communications. It features more than 50 different guests and lecturers, including Northwestern University faculty from the Feinberg School of Medicine; the Kellogg School of Management; the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; the School of Professional Studies; Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and the School of Communication.
CONSORTIUM TO LOWER OBESITY IN CHICAGO CHILDREN (CLOCC)
Hosted by Sarah B. Welch, M.P.H., Community Research & Evaluation Associate Director
The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program. Its mission is to confront the childhood obesity epidemic by promoting healthy and active lifestyles for children throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. CLOCC’s work will foster and facilitate connections between childhood obesity prevention researchers, public health advocates and practitioners, and the children, families, and communities of Chicagoland. Since 2002, CLOCC has built a vital, broad-based network of thousands of participants and organizations. Currently, there are more than 3,000 participants in CLOCC representing more than 1,200 organizations. It is a data-driven and evidence-based organization and is committed to building capacity among its partners. The National Academy of Medicine, the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recognized CLOCC as an outstanding community obesity prevention model. CLOCC is housed at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
CHINESE AMERICAN SERVICE LEAGUE (CASL)
Hosted by Esther Wong, Executive Director and Co-Founder
In the fall of 1978, 10 dedicated Chinese Americans came together to bridge the gap in services for Chinese American immigrants in Chicago.
Their passion and commitment ignited the spark for the Chinese American Service League (CASL), which has since burgeoned into a nurturing hub in the heart of Chinatown. Today, more than 35 years later, CASL is the largest, most comprehensive social service agency in the Midwest dedicated to serving the needs of Chinese Americans. CASL provides child services, elder services, employment training services, family counseling, and housing and financial education to more than 17,000 clients of all ages and backgrounds each year. With more than 500 multilingual and multicultural professional and support staff—complemented by a team of more than 700 dedicated volunteers—CASL offers its clients vital physical, economic, mental, and social support. The $13 million budget—which includes generous contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporate donors—supports programming that primarily serves immigrants who often lack formal education, possess few transferable job skills, and know little of the new world around them. Because many of these individuals do not speak English and sometimes have no family or friends in the area, CASL becomes their instant family, friend, and teacher.
LURIE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL–CHASE BANK PARTNERSHIP’S CHASE YOUR DREAM PROGRAM
Hosted by Maria Rivera, Manager, Workforce Development, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; David S. Sperling, GEAR UP Program Manager, Center for College Access and Success, Northeastern Illinois University
To introduce Chicago’s fastest growing population to promising health care positions, Lurie Children’s Hospital offers a 6-week summer internship to local Latino high school students. It is a highly competitive program. Once selected, students can observe surgeries, help medical imaging staff examine X-rays, and observe a day in the life of the emergency department. Students hear presentations from the hospital’s nationally renowned pediatric care specialists from a broad range of medical disciplines.
Thanks to funding by JPMorgan Chase, Lurie Children’s has been able to expand the program and provide each student with a $1,000 stipend to participate. The program now has 3,600 alumni who work in hospitals around the country. Other “CHASE Your Dreams” initiatives allow high school students to earn school credit while working at the hospital, address the need for certified nursing assistants and support service technicians, partner with the City of Chicago’s “One Summer Chicago” youth employment program, enable hospital staff to attend school career days and provide 6-week paid internships at the hospital for patients with chronic conditions. Maria Rivera, the creator and director of the programs, is the
2013 recipient of the prestigious GEAR UP Community Partner of the Year Award. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a national organization funded by the U.S. Department of Education to give low-income students exposure to higher education.
STREET LEVEL HEALTH PROJECT, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
Hosted by Jae Maldonado, Executive Director
Street Level Health Project is an Oakland-based grassroots organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved urban immigrant communities in the Bay Area. Street Level’s expertise is working with men, many of whom face societal, cultural, occupational, and familial barriers that prevent them from accessing health care. The community center is an entry point to the health care and social service system for those most often overlooked and neglected, namely the uninsured, underinsured, and recently arrived. Street Level brings health care to the uninsured community through its free health screening clinic and patient health navigation program; it provides temporary assistance for those with basic needs in food, clothing, and social support; addresses the root causes of poor health by empowering and supporting low-wage immigrant workers to be active participants in their lives, their families, and their communities. Street Level also tackles institutional and systemic barriers to health equity through advocacy and coalition building with organizations committed to building power for disenfranchised communities. Street Level develops trusting relationships with isolated immigrants, offers them a place to build a healthy and vibrant community, and empowers them to advocate for the well-being of themselves and their families.
NATIONAL BUSINESS GROUP ON HEALTH
Hosted by Joneyse Perkins Gatling, CHES, Assistant Manager, Award & Recognition Programs
Since 1974 the National Business Group on Health has been the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers’ perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members’ most important health care problems. Membership in the Business Group offers you the opportunity to drive today’s health agenda while exchanging ideas for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care, and sharing best practices in health benefits management with senior benefits, human resources professionals, and medical directors from leading corporations. The National Business
Group on Health members are primarily Fortune 500 companies and large public-sector employers—including the nation’s most innovative health care purchasers—who provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees, and their families. The Business Group fosters the development of a safe, high-quality health care delivery system and treatments based on scientific evidence of effectiveness. It works to achieve transparency, expand the use of technology assessment to ensure access to superior new technology and the elimination of ineffective technology, and make scientific evidence of effectiveness the standard for care, among many other objectives.
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