by Valerie Alvarez In marginalized communities, community organizations are a safe haven for those struggling with a numerous amount of problems. A problem in particular- teen pregnancy has affected the lives of multiple girls my age that are living in my neighborhood. I recall the struggling young girls my age that would seek resources from … Continue reading WIC as a Community Safe Haven
by Bukola Rinola I have seen a lack of promotion in health equity to young adults on the south side of Chicago. However, there has been recent growth promoting the importance of understanding health equity. The Medical Program at South Shore International College Prep has helped young adults like myself to understand the meaning of … Continue reading South Shore International College Prep
by Esmeralda Vargas When the school year starts again, many students look forward to ordering that snazzy bookbag or perhaps buying those new Five Star notebooks. What a number of students don’t include in their shopping carts are baby bottles and newborn pacifiers. Some female teenagers have the responsibility of being a parent at a … Continue reading Pencils, pens, paper…pacifiers?
by Daniela Luna South Lawndale has had an impact on me ever since I started becoming a patient at the Lawndale Christian Health Center Clinic. Through my personal experiences, I have seen that this clinic is doing great work promoting health equity. The clinic is open to people of any background, race, and culture. As … Continue reading Lawndale Christian Health Center
“Why are those people sleeping under the bridge, Ma?” my 5 year-old self asked my mother as we drove past the Belmont and Kennedy expressway entrance. “Those people don’t have homes, Cris. That’s why you have to work hard in school and in life and never do drugs. So that you don’t end up living … Continue reading How the Night Ministry Helps Brighten Chicago
I was born and raised on the Southwest side of Chicago, West Elsdon to be exact. A predominately Latino neighborhood. Growing up, the biggest health inequity I have observed is the food deserts prevalent throughout my community. I remember my constant visits to the corner store located three minutes from my house. It was the … Continue reading Food Deserts in West Elsdon