July Updates

Programatic Updates


School Hub RFP Update

From the Senior Director's Desk,

In May, West Side United met with over 13 Chicago school and community leaders to learn from their past experiences in leading successful community hub models. These leaders were instrumental in West Side United's development of the school hub RFP selection process. Thank you to all who shared their expertise with us!

Later in July, West Side United will reconvene the Education Committee to begin the selection process of the community hub grantee. We will contact school hub applicants with updates and next steps. WSU appreciates everyone's continual support and flexibility.

As the city reopens, West Side United is looking to the district on return-to-school policies. West Side United will announce a grantee at the start of the 2020-21 school year.

If you have any questions about the community hub, please reach Tenisha Jones, Senior Director of Strategy and Operations at or LeShonne Segura, Program Manager at

Tenisha Jones, 
West Side United Senior Director of Strategy and Operations

Health and Healthcare

AMA Donates $10K To Community Mask Making Shop Novias Dávila

Many thanks to the American Medical Association for their donation of $10,000 to Novias Dávila. Owners Tania Dávila and Pat Navarro have transformed their dress shop business in Little Village to mask making during the COVID pandemic. WSU is very graceful for all the hardwork and dedication from both the AMA and Novias Dávila. The masks will go toward the Masks for Moms campaign, in which WSU is partnering with IDPH, Black Girls Break Bread, and others, to provide masks to pregnant moms.

Take The Pledge! The American Medical Association & American Heart Association partners with Essence Magazine to launch the Release the Pressure Campaign

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Racial Equity Rapid Response Team Updates

West Side United Partners with the City of Chicago’s Office of Equity & Racial Justice to distribute 60,000 Cloth Masks & Hand Sanitizer to West Side Communities 

Community organizations in East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, West Garfield Park including AlSO, The Puerto Rican Cultural Arts Center, Hispanic Housing, United Methodist Church, New Mount Pilgrim Church, The MAAFA Redemption Project, The Institute for Nonviolence, Garfield Park Community Council, Garfield Park Advisory Council, Breakthrough Urban Ministries, United for Better Living, The Community Builders and The Leader’s Network will distribute 50,000 masks and sanitizer to community members.

Masks will be distributed to following populations live or work together in tight spaces:

·        Older Adults
·        People with underlying health conditions
·        Workers who interact with lots of people, particularly in neighborhood businesses, health clinics, and health outreach efforts where social distancing is difficult
·        People who are experiencing homelessness or in transitional housing
·        People with mobility, transportation, health, or technology access issues that prevent them from coming to a mask giveaway event

AT&T partners with WSU to support Racial Equity Rapid Response Youth Communications Committee

AT&T provided $10,000 to support a social media consultant and youth stipends to support WSU’s social media efforts and the Racial Equity Rapid Response Youth Communications Committee, AT&T will be an impactful media partner of West Side United and a champion of bolstering relevant and impactful COVID-19 communications that combat myths and provide timely updates via our digital platforms


Chicago Department of Public Health, Slalom & Racial Equity Rapid Response Team Unveils New COVID-19 Data Dashboard


WSU Director of Data and Evaluation, Eve Shapiro, joined Health Commissioner Allison Arwady to unveil Chicago's new public Data Dashboard at the COVID-19 press conference on June 12th. Eve, along with other members of the Racial Equity Rapid Response team, worked with Slalom Consulting to build a dashboard that includes information on testing, cases, and deaths by zip code and demographics (race/ethnicity, sex, and age). The dashboard can be used by city officials and community members alike to see trends in COVID-19 over time. The dashboard will also be used to ensure that COVID-19 approaches are rooted in the safety and health of all Chicago residents and reopening does not jeopardize the health of any particular neighborhood or demographic group.  


You can read more in the press release:


You can watch the press conference here, release of the dashboard starts at 23min:

Recent Appointments

West Side United welcomes Airica Steed to Executive Leadership Council 

Dr. Airica Steed has replaced Dr. Sharon Homan the newly retired President of the Sinai Urban Health Institute. She serves as our newest Executive Leadership Council member.  Airica serves as Sinai Health System’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She is a highly accomplished and award-winning transformational healthcare executive with over 20 years of exceptional leadership skills and proven track record of driving results and execution excellence. 

Learn more about Dr. Steed below:



West Side United Executive Director, Ayesha Jaco selected for The Leadership Greater Chicago Signature Fellows Class of 2021


Congratulations Ayesha Jaco, West Side United Executive Director, on her acceptance to Leadership Greater Chicago’s Class of 2021 Signature Fellows Program.  Ayesha will be joined by 45 other distinguished leaders from diverse sectors and backgrounds. 

The Signature Fellows program is built for leaders from all sectors, including corporate, nonprofit, government and education, as well as entrepreneurs. Ideal candidates fall between the ages of 30-45. They are collaborative, innovative, action-oriented, creative, humble, and demonstrate personal responsibility and integrity.

Learn more about the Leadership Greater Chicago Signature Fellow Program below.



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About West Side United

 West Side United seeks to improve neighborhood health by addressing inequality in healthcare, education, economic vitality and the physical environment using a cross-sector, place-based strategy. Partners include healthcare providers including AMITA Health, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Rush University Medical Center, Sinai Health System, and UI Health, community organizations, residents, the faith-based community, business, government, and others working together to coordinate investments and share outcomes. 

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