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Chicago Community Trust Awards Adler $60K to Integrate Health Equity Measures in Policy Planning 10.20.16
Chicago Community Trust Awards Adler $60K to Integrate Health Equity Measures in Policy Planning

Chicago Community Trust has awarded a $60,000 grant to Adler University. The funding will support Adler’s involvement in the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) “ON TO 2050” planning process. Adler will provide guidance to ensure CMAP integrates health equity considerations into all phases of its campaign.

The project supports the general public health sector’s increased efforts to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives. The American Planning Association recommends using comprehensive regional planning processes as a means of incorporating health into long-term growth and development strategies.

“Much of this involves training public health department staff to understand the social determinants of health and to develop strategies for addressing some of them,” said Daniel Cooper, Ph.D., who is overseeing the project. “However, the larger challenge is building the capacity of cross-sectoral partners to monitor the impacts of non-health policies, plans, and decisions on the health outcomes of communities–especially those that are most vulnerable, disadvantaged, and marginalized.”

Creating better linkages between public health departments and other sectors in areas such as urban planning, is the heart of the Adler and CMAP collaboration. To that end, they will:

  • Convene an interdisciplinary Health Impacts Work Group to support ON TO 2050 plan development
  • Provide training on Health in All Policies and Health Impact Assessment to CMAP staff and Health Impacts Work Group members
  • Determine relevant health and wellbeing concerns for region
  • Engage health and health equity professionals in a listening meeting to inform ON TO 2050
  • Facilitate ON TO 2050 planning workshops and engagement activities to uncover community perspectives on the health issues embedded within each of the priority topical areas.
  • Create an inventory of regional health to understand baseline data
  • Create a “scorecard” tool to assess the degree to which health equity policies, principles, and practices are currently in place across the region.
  • Strategies for achieving equity: Providing community-informed solutions, models for public policy, and approaches to improve social determinants and dismantle social exclusion.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.

About CMAP

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. CMAP developed and now guides the implementation of metropolitan Chicago's comprehensive regional plan, GO TO 2040, which was adopted unanimously by leaders from across the seven counties in fall 2010 to address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents.