As our communities continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the PRCC’s Public Health Initiatives are addressing local health concerns. The Chicago COVID Community Response (CCCR) program tackles these needs from all angles. By staying up-to-date on the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, the CCCR team offers various services such as free COVID-19 testing and vaccination access, and the sharing of medical information and resources to empower community members so that they can trust the latest research. “Black and Latine communities are traditionally underserved by the medical industry, making it difficult for people to make confident health decisions for their specific needs,” says Ricardo Jiménez, the Public Health Initiatives’ Associate Director. The CCCR team aims to offer the resources needed for said communities to protect themselves and each other, one testing event, vaccine clinic, and data update at a time.
Rapid result and PCR COVID-19 testing services are available Monday-Friday from 10:30 AM-5 PM at 2636 W. Division St. and 2753 W. Division St., the Lisa Isadora Cruz Trans Empowerment Center. Further, the CCCR team extends its testing services across Chicago’s diverse communities through outreach initiatives. Free COVID-19 testing is available weekly to individuals five years and older at locations across the city such as The Chicago High School for the Arts, Pedro Albizu Campos High School, the Swap-O-Rama Flea Markets, el Consulado General de México en Chicago, Steamworks Baths Chicago, Humboldt Park Health, and el Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer Childcare Center, to name a few. Free vaccination clinics assisted by the CCCR team are also held weekly across Chicago’s neighborhoods. Single vaccination events servicing upwards of 350 residents at a time are made possible by “the unity of the team,” which, “makes getting the vaccine a swift process, putting individuals at ease,” says CCCR staff Jaylen Reyes. Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of February, individuals five years old and up can get vaccinated at Chicago City Colleges such as Malcolm X, Wilbur Wright, and Kennedy-King College. For more information, follow the Public Health Initiatives’ Facebook page to stay updated on the CCCR team’s service schedule and the latest COVID-19 information, such as travel advisories, data summaries, and at-home testing and vaccination offerings.