West Side United Convenes Live Healthy Chicago initiative funded by Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation
A $5 million donation from the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation will accelerate efforts to decrease the COVID-19 death rates in Chicago’s predominately black and Latino communities, which have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic compared to white Chicagoans, while also strengthening longer-term efforts to address the root causes of this health inequity.
The gift will fund the efforts of Live Healthy Chicago, a Chicago collaborative that assists older adults and other high-risk populations in the city who are experiencing disparities in COVID-19’s impact. Live Healthy Chicago was launched in April by local organizations West Side United, Rush University Medical Center, the MAAFA Redemption Project, My Block My Hood My City and Forty Acres Fresh Market (See below for details about these organizations).
Live Healthy Chicago's efforts complement, and will be coordinated with, the work done by Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot's Racial Equity Rapid Response Team (RERRT). The City of Chicago created the RERRT in partnership with West Side United in response to data showing that black and Latino Chicagoans die from COVID-19 at a much higher rate than white Chicagoans.
"The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation's investment in Live Healthy Chicago accelerates our work to not just fight this virus, but also to address the underlying reasons why it is taking so many black and brown lives,” said Ayesha Jaco, executive director, West Side United.
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Ayesha Jaco, Executive Director of West Side United appointed to Choose Chicago Board by Mayor’s Office
Ayesha Jaco was appointed to the Choose Chicago Board by the Mayor’s Office. the Board of Directors serves as a primary source of communication, decision-making, initiative leadership, management, and execution to better serve the Chicago tourism industry.
“I’m honored to have been appointed to Choose Chicago’s Board of Directors,” said Ayesha Jaco, Executive Director of West Side United. “Now more than ever our entire community needs to collaborate on, not only a safe and responsible way to reopen our businesses, but an inclusive way as all of Chicago faces this moment together.”
Jaco will serve a 3-year term with alongside 3 other leaders appointed by the Mayor’s Office. Congratulations to Blanca Soto, Executive Director, Little Village Chamber of Commerce, James Rondeau, President & Eloise W. Martin Director, The Art Institute of Chicago and Liz Lombardo Stark, Director of Marketing & PR Gibson’s Restaurant Group. See the full list of board members below.
West Side United Joins Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Initiative
WSU is partnering with local organizations in West Garfield Park under the name Rite to Wellness to address health and wellness needs in West Garfield Park. We have developed a short survey for residents of West Garfield to better understand community needs. If you are a West Garfield Resident, please help us by taking five minutes to complete the survey.
Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P7NFSMB