News - Child and Adolescent Health Initiative

EverThrive Illinois has provided written testimony for the Illinois House Mental Health Committee Subject Matter Hearing on Mental Health in Schools. This testimony spoke specifically about the impact School Health Centers have on students and families. 






EverThrive IL is partnering this spring with Chicago Coalition for the Homeless on HB3709 - Removing Barriers to Counseling Services for At-Risk Youth. This bill increases the access to mental health services for Illinois youth and allows providers to use their best judgement when continuing to serve these individuals. 

On Wednesday, April 26, nearly 200 students and adult allies from across Illinois visited the State Capitol to share their voice with state legislators as part of EverThrive Illinois’ Annual Youth Advocacy Day. Youth champions advocated for legislators to pass a fully funded state budget that protects school health center (SHC) funding and for HB3709, which removes barriers to counseling services for at-risk youth.

EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations  for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Advocate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards! Awardees will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 13. Find out more here and submit your nomination here.

EverThrive IL is now accepting abstracts for the 2017 Annual Conference in four priority tracks: Maternal and Infant Health, School Health, Community Health for Equity, and Health Policy and Advocacy. Find more information here and submit your proposal by Friday, February 3.

EverThrive IL's Immunizations Initiative and Child and Adolescent Health Initiative partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Rush SBHC at Orr Academy to offer the webinar: 2016-2017 Back to School Immunizations and HPV vaccination.

This presentation includes:

-2016-2017 back to school immunization requirements and the HPV vaccination, presented by Jan Daniels, IDPH

-A case example of increasing immunization rates in a SBHC, presented by Lauren Ellis, Rush SBHC at Orr Academy

On Wednesday, May 18, over 100 students and adult allies from across Illinois visited the State Capitol to share their voice with state legislators as part of EverThrive Illinois’ Annual Youth Advocacy Day. Youth champions advocated for legislators to pass a budget that protects school health center (SHC) funding. These centers enable children and adolescentsto access the comprehensive health services they need.


Congratulations to Jessica Lozano, Marla Rueda, Sara Muñoz, and Angela Herrera from the Student Health Club at Roosevelt High School on winning EverThrive Illinois' Youth Advocacy Day Video Contest! They did a great job giving a virtual tour of their SHC, sharing the variety of services that are offered at the center, and explaining how they've used the center throughout their time at Roosevelt High School. 




Registration is now open for Innovate, Collaborate, & Elevate: a Maternal & Child Health Conference. Find more information, a full conference schedule, and register today here!

EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Adovcate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards. Three outstanding public health professionals will be acknowledged at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Find more information and the nomination form here, submissions are due by Friday, February 26.

EverThrive IL is still accepting applications for sponsorship and exhibitors for the 2016 MCH Conference to be held April 20-21 in Oak Lawn, IL. Please submit applications and payment to the EverThrive IL Main Office by Thursday, February 11.

Find exhibitor information and form here.

The Illinois School-based Health Alliance (ISBHA) is announcing a Youth Advocacy Day video contest for students to share their personal health story and highlight the importance of youth advocating for their health and School Health Centers (SHCs). EverThrive IL will be using the winning video to help promote Youth Advocacy Day, and the winner of the contest will receive a $50 gift card to Target!

The national School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) recently released this 2013-2014 Census Report sharing dynamic data about the value of SHCs as they work to provide high-quality healthcare to disadvantaged children and adolescents throughout the country. Learn more about the national SHC footprint and how Illinois fits in by reading the full report here

The Illinois School-Based Health Alliance is a state affiliate of the SBHA.

EverThrive IL saw a lot of change and celebrated many victories in 2015. View the full report here, and become a member today to help us continue our work advocating for families across the state!

EverThrive IL is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2016 Maternal and Child Health Conference held April 20-21, 2016. Find more information here, deadline for submissions is Friday, January 8th.

EverThrive IL is excited to welcome Kristen Nuyen aboard as the new Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Health Initiative. Kristen comes to EverThrive IL with a background in project management and has gained experience working on youth development programs, health care enrollment initiatives, and policy advocacy through a variety of positions with nonprofits in Chicago.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has, for the first time, issued new policy to address the growing problem of food insecurity for American families. View the full report here.

August 10, 2015

Illinois – On June 30th, 2015 EverThrive Illinois, along with 300 other non-profit organizations, sent a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner and leaders of the Illinois General Assembly asking for immediate action to pass a fair and balanced fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budget. We cautioned the Governor and Illinois lawmakers that extending the current budget impasse would lead to lay-offs and termination of important services.

The Center for School Mental Health has selected Proviso East High School (District 209) as one of seven schools nationwide to participate in Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN).

House Bill 2812, led by a collaborative effort including EverThrive IL, Illinois Collaboration on Youth, Chicago Department of Public Health, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and many other partners has been signed into law by Governor Rauner.

Senate Bill 1410 - Certificate for Religious Exemption  was signed into law on August 3, 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner. This EverThrive IL bill creates a process for religious exemptions of school mandated vaccinations, preserving parental rights while protecting the public health of all Illinoisans. Read more about the legislation here.

Everthrive Illinois is excited to announce a new school health center! Niles West High School has officially opened District 219’s first SHC and the Niles North High School center will also soon be open. Heartland Health Centers received a $1.3 million grant for this project from North Suburban Healthcare Foundation, and District 219 will also help support the operation of the centers.

Three EverThrive IL sponsored bills and a supported bill have made it through the State Senate and House and are on their way to Governor Rauner's desk this legislative session.

Click on the links below for information on each bill. Thanks to all our partnering advocates, stakeholders, and legislators who supported these measures and were essential to their success. 


Rockford Public Schools and Crusader Community Health are celebrating the opening of a new school-based health center with two upcoming events. The health center, 1002 Pierpont Ave., is a fully staffed, professional health and dental care facility located within Auburn High School. The 3,780-square-foot facility has four medical exam rooms, three dental exam rooms and a separate room for optical exams. The office will offer medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care, in addition to nutritional and wellness education. It opens Monday, Sept. 29, to students.

Parents of Illinois teens may want to plan a visit to health care providers in the coming months, as a new state law that mandates shots to protect against meningitis technically takes effect New Year's Day. EverThrive Illinois’ Melissa Ponce is quoted on the importance of adolescent vaccines, including Tdap, HPV, influenza, and meningococcal. Read the full article here.

During the fall of 2013, Merrillville School Corp., in partnership with Northshore Health Centers, opened Northshore at Merrillville High School Teen Health Center while St. Mary Medical Center and the School City of Hobart partnered to open the Brickie Community Health Clinic. EverThrive Illinois celebrates new opportunities to provide students with the health services they need in the convenience of their school. EverThrive Illinois’ Divya Mohan Little is quoted on the prohibitive costs that can make it challenging for schools to open SHCs.

We know that the summer months can be stressful for families who depend on school breakfast and lunch to provide children with the nutrition they need. Summer meals are available in Illinois for youth 18 years and under.

CVS Caremark Grant will support community health and expand health-care access