“Retire Ronald McDonald” Press Conference Hosted by Block by Block, 5-18-2011

CHICAGO – On Wednesday 5-18, more than 550 health institutions and professionals from all 50 states challenged McDonald’s to stop marketing junk food to kids with full-page ads and events in cities across the country. The press conference was hosted by Block by Block, a diabetes information and prevention center that has partnered with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park, a Puerto Rican/Latino neighborhood on the northwest side of the city.

“Today, our family practice offices, pediatric clinics, and emergency rooms are filled with children suffering from conditions related to the food they eat. These health problems will likely play out over their lifetime through early onset of diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.” said Dr. Steven K. Rothschild, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at Rush Medical College. “Through this initiative the public health community is rallying behind a simple message to McDonald’s: stop making the next generation sick – retire Ronald and the rest of your junk food marketing to kids.”

A range of leading health institutions from the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry have endorsed the letter featured in today’s ads.

UIC School of Public Health Graduate co-teaches Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School class

The presentation below is Jenny Byelick’s UIC School of Public Health Capstone project for her Master of Public Health degree, relating the introductory public health course she co-taught at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School as part of a comprehensive public health curriculum.  Public health curricula at the high school level can be a vehicle for addressing health disparities and improving health outcomes among adolescents, particularly in socially marginalized communities. Public health curricula may address health disparities and contribute to the composition of the future health professions workforce; this is especially relevant when high school education programs are linked to career pipelines that Albizu Campos HS is a part of. This presentation addresses how a school course encompassed aspects of population wellness utilizing social constructionist methods of education. The course was developed adhering to a theoretical framework influenced by principles of positive youth development, critical race theory and school connectedness. This presentation also discusses lessons learned and future directions of the public health curriculum in Humboldt Park. Next steps include improving and evaluating the public health curriculum and career-linked pipeline and connecting this program with other area schools.
Congratulations Jenny on your graduation last week!

Mapping Paseo Boricua’s Public Health Assets-Partnership with DePaul University

This past fall, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center partnered with Dr. Sungsoon (Julie) Hwang’s GEO242: GISII class at DePaul University to continue the ongoing project of mapping Paseo Boricua’s Public Health assets. Chad Stutsman, Kaitlin Beer and Edward Kulack worked together with Alejandro Luis Molina, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s Board Secretary, to produce the following project. Download their class project here.

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