WBEZ | Chicago Department of Public Health http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-department-public-health Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Dart: ‘We’re criminalizing mental health’ http://www.wbez.org/news/dart-%E2%80%98we%E2%80%99re-criminalizing-mental-health%E2%80%99-102218 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Dart2cropped.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says mentally ill jail inmates are overwhelming his staff. For now, though, he&rsquo;s not backing calls for Chicago to reopen six mental-health clinics it closed this spring.</p><p>At a Logan Square forum about the clinics Wednesday night, Dart said too many people with mental illnesses lacked professional care. &ldquo;When we don&rsquo;t fund services properly, they end up in my jail,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>&ldquo;What we are, in fact, doing is criminalizing mental health,&rdquo; Dart said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re doing.&rdquo;</p><p>The audience, packed into a church near one of the shuttered clinics, burst into applause.</p><p>The forum&rsquo;s organizers handed out a press release that said Dart supported their calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s administration to reopen and fully staff the clinics.</p><p>Later, however, Dart told WBEZ he wasn&rsquo;t making any demands.</p><p>&ldquo;What I want is a thorough plan that we&rsquo;re going to be advocating for,&rdquo; Dart said. &ldquo;Could it involve more clinics? Could be. Could it involve more state money being funded for specific services? Could be. Literally nothing is off the table.&rdquo;</p><p>Dart said his office would come up with that plan by year&rsquo;s end.</p></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 23:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/dart-%E2%80%98we%E2%80%99re-criminalizing-mental-health%E2%80%99-102218 Commissioner Choucair prescribes a new strategy for Chicago health http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/commissioner-choucair-prescribes-new-strategy-chicago-health-90914 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/CmsrChoucairHealth2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The lack of access to fresh food is especially critical in certain Chicago neighborhoods – mostly poor and black. Many U.S. cities reflect said racial and economic disparities in public health issues. But many of those gaps, including those seen in asthma or breast cancer mortality, appeared greater in Chicago than the rest of the country. In the present era of government belt-tightening, improving public health is hardly a cinch. Still, <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/auto_generated/cdph_leadership.html" target="_blank">Dr. Bechara Choucair</a> said he was glad Mayor Emanuel kept him on as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. A week out from releasing an ambitious new agenda, Dr. Choucair joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about Chicago's public health challanges.</p><p><em>Music Button: If These Trees Could Talk, "The Flames of Herostratus", from the CD Above The Earth Below The Sky, (self released)</em><br> <br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/commissioner-choucair-prescribes-new-strategy-chicago-health-90914 Dear Chicago: Fight the AIDS epidemic http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-fight-aids-epidemic <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-16/McCoy_1374.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="PictoBrowser120123122957">&nbsp;</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "560", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Dear Chicago: Fight the AIDS epidemic"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157628998972619"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "always"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser120123122957"); </script><div>The struggle against AIDS may be global, but the City of Chicago plays its part in the fight. Over 20,000 Chicagoans suffer from the disease, according to statistics released by the Department of Public Health in November of 2010. City government may not dedicate dollars toward the kind of medical research that could someday lead to a vaccine or cure, but it does funnel money to local groups that provide testing, prevention, education, and treatment. The city set aside nearly $4.78 million in last year&rsquo;s budget to combat HIV and AIDS.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A statement on the city&rsquo;s website says that HIV/AIDS funding is designed to &ldquo;serve communities in greatest need.&rdquo; But that doesn&rsquo;t square with everyone&rsquo;s perception of how resources are allocated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Keith McCoy, 41, for example, says he is frustrated by how much city money goes to groups on the North Side &ndash; groups he calls &ldquo;politically connected.&rdquo; McCoy is the treasurer of Windy City LGBT Black Pride, an advocacy group that works primarily with African-American gays and lesbians who live on the South Side. He estimates that his group receives between $6,000 and $10,000 annually in city funding, the bulk of which is spent on a yearly event in Sherman Park where they provide HIV testing to surrounding South Side neighborhoods.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here, McCoy explains why he wants the new mayor and city council to ensure that the bulk of city money goes to support communities hardest hit by HIV and AIDS.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As of publication, the Chicago Department of Public Health did not return WBEZ&rsquo;s calls for comment.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Dear Chicago</em> is a project of WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/our-partners">Partnerships Program</a>. Keith McCoy was nominated for the series by <a href="http://affinity95.org/acscontent/">Affinity Community Services</a>, a social justice organization that serves the African-American LGBTQ community in Chicago.</div></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-fight-aids-epidemic The question "Did you offer a payback deal?" is now the norm in IL politics. It's the new "Can you spell your name for me?" http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/the-question-did-you-offer-a-payback-deal-is-now-the-norm-in-il-politics-its-the-new-can-you-spell-your-name-f <p><strong>Top story:</strong> Isn't it funny that<a href="http://chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=39897" target="_blank"> journalists now have to ask the question</a>, "Did you offer a payback deal for Cohen to leave the race?" What a long, strange trip we've been on, Illinois. <strong>B story:</strong> WBEZ's Chip Mitchell witnessed first-hand (<a href="/cmitchell/2010/02/chicago-health-inspectors-trash-food-at-new-kitchen/14438" target="_blank">and first-video</a>) the health department's raid on Kitchen Chicago. It's not that their food is bad, it's that the small businesses that work out of the communal kitchen aren't licensed. So what do we do when you aren't licensed? We (in unison) throw the food away!!! <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-garden/" target="_blank">Mr. Brown Thumb</a> had a good idea: foodies should rally around this kitchen. I would think this is a job for <a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/index.php" target="_blank">LTH forum</a>, but someone else will have to post over there because they get pissy every time we post a link... <strong>C story:</strong> Elizabeth Brackett? See her every night. James Warren? Been there/done that. But who was that shining new face on <a href="http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=42,1/" target="_blank">Chicago Tonight</a> last night? He was fresh. I like fresh. Sign him to a three picture deal! Our Political Reporter Sam Hudzik made his debut appearance on Chicago Tonight last night, talking about what else, but <a href="/shudzik/2010/02/the-election-file-those-19-men-and-19-women-who-may-be-picking-your-next-lieutenant-governor/14380">his blog post</a>. <!--break--> <strong>Food: </strong>I messed up and posted Dolinsky's '<a href="/dolinsky/2010/02/valentines-day-foodie-forecast-last-minute-restaurant-ideas/13162">Valentine's Day restaurants that still have tables</a>' story too early. I realized I should have posted it today, which is when I would start thinking about Valentines dinner plans. Because I'm a guy. <strong>Weather: </strong> I don't own any boots and I left my coat at work. Please be cool today, <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/02/10-inches-of-snow-expected-beginning-monday-night.html" target="_blank">Chicago weather</a>. Lee Bey thinks <a href="/blog/bey">weather is pretty</a>. <strong>Sports: </strong>The White Sox are "unretiring" <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/2036249,luis-aparicio-omar-vizquel-white-sox-uniform-08.article" target="_blank">Luis Aparicio's #11</a>? So Omar Vizquel can have it? This seems like something the Cubs would do. Vizquel, you better be worth it. <strong>Kicker: </strong>Scotty Iseri, former WBEZ producer, had a <a href="http://news.tubefilter.tv/2010/02/08/scotty-got-an-aussie-office-job-officially-makes-us-jealous/" target="_blank">great web-series chronicling life at his office job</a>. It went viral. And now, season 3 is happening in Australia. A company paid for Scotty to come work for them so he could continue his show. Wow. I wonder if he has to colate?</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2010 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/the-question-did-you-offer-a-payback-deal-is-now-the-norm-in-il-politics-its-the-new-can-you-spell-your-name-f Video: Chicago inspectors trash food at new kitchen http://www.wbez.org/cmitchell/2010/02/chicago-health-inspectors-trash-food-at-new-kitchen/14438 <p>Maybe it's because I hadn't eaten lunch yet. But I could hardly believe my eyes this afternoon as I videotaped Chicago health inspectors throwing out about 200 servings of fine-looking beef ravioli at a state-of-the-art kitchen in West Town. About a minute and a half in to the tape, check out how fast they dumped the fresh salad that was supposed to go with the ravioli. <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="400" height="300" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9305945&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400" height="300" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9305945&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> Since Thursday, the inspectors have trashed hundreds of pounds of food at <a href="http://www.kitchenchicago.com/">Kitchen Chicago</a>, a facility shared by 11 small businesses, including caterers, candymakers and artisan bakers. Frances Guichard, food protection director at the Chicago Department of Public Health, says the city found no unsanitary conditions. Guichard says many of the businesses, rather, hadn't labeled their storage areas and lacked receipts for some of the ingredients. None of the tenants, she adds, had received a city license to prepare food for the public. <!--break--> The kitchen's owner, Alexis Leverenz, does have a license and says the city told her the tenants could operate under it. Some of her renters, for their part, insist the city told them it couldn't issue multiple licenses to a single address. Now the tenants have lost food worth thousands of dollars. They're worried about losing clients too. And the city has slapped Leverenz with three citations that could lead to fines and tougher enforcement. "It's ridiculous," Leverenz told me as the inspectors filled her garbage bins with food. "What purpose does this serve?" Plenty, responds Guichard, who calls the paperwork vital for keeping tabs on the food's transport, preparation and storage. "If someone gets sick, you can track it back to the source," she says. At least one of Chicago's neighbors cuts through some of the red tape. Carl Caneva, who manages environmental health for Evanston, says that city allows its sole shared kitchen, Now We're Cookin', to operate under a single license. <em>Find an extended </em><em>audio version of this story at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=39904">chicagopublicradio.org</a>.</em></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 19:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/cmitchell/2010/02/chicago-health-inspectors-trash-food-at-new-kitchen/14438