Resources

As we near the fifth period of Open Enrollment, communication this year has become increasingly crucial in response to administrative changes that will have an impact. Here are helpful messages and talking points to share with your networks. 
 
 
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The Child and Adolescent Health Initiative and partners offer regular webinars to educate advocates on resources, updates, and opportunities from the field. These webinars are free and open to the public, past webinars and materials are made available for the public and hosted by EverThrive IL. 
 

Upcoming Webinars

Check back for more on upcoming webinars!

 

February 17, 2017

The below memo details a preliminary analysis of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) proposed budget. It provides an overarching view of important health and human service priorities within the Governor's proposed FY18 Illinois state budget.  

 

EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually.  The Health Reform Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.

 

2017 Maternal and Infant Mortality Policy Priorities

 

EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually.  The Health Reform Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.

 

2017 Immunization Policy Priorities

 

The Immunization Initiative is a broad-based coalition of public and private sector organizations working together to increase immunization rates and prevent diseases over the life span by promoting the delivery of safe, effective, and timely immunizations.

EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually.  The Health Reform Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.

 

2017 Healthy Lifestyles Policy Priorities

 

EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually.  The Health Reform Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.

 

2017 Health Reform Policy Priorities

 

As a non-profit organization experienced in Illinois’ maternal and child health program and advocacy efforts for over 27 years, EverThrive Illinois works to improve the health of Illinois women, children, adolescents and families over the lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis, education, and advocacy.

Mission

 
The Campaign to Save our Moms and Babies (CSOMB) is a grassroots network of organizations and individuals who utilize a collective impact approach to address persistent racial disparities in infant and maternal health outcomes throughout Illinois by coordinating communications and events betw
July 1, 2016

Yesterday, the IL House and Senate passed a stopgap spending plan. The stopgap budget package provides a long-overdue cash infusion to struggling health and human service providers. This stopgap budget package was a bipartisan, bicameral compromise as a result of negotiations between Democrat and Republican General Assembly leadership and Governor Rauner.

EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually.  The Child and Adolescent Health Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.

 

EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually.  The Child and Adolescent Health Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.

 

June 1, 2016
May 31st typically marks the end of the Spring Legislative Session in Illinois. Usually, Illinois’ House, Senate and Governor pass a state budget for the next fiscal year and any substantive changes that will go into effect at the beginning of the new fiscal year would be implemented beginning on July 1.
February 29, 2016
 
The below memo details a preliminary analysis of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Proposed Budget. It provides an overarching view of important health and human services priorities within the Governor's proposed FY17 Illinois state budget.
 
Overall, the Governor’s proposed FY17 Budget has a $3.5 Billion shortfall.
Sponsored by the Child and Adolescent Health Initiative at EverThrive Illinois

 

Mission

The Illinois School-Based Health Alliance (ISBHA) works to ensure that children and adolescents are healthy, safe, and ready to learn by advocating for and supporting school health centers (SHCs) as school and community assets. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This toolkit was developed by EverThrive Illinois and the Illinois School-Based Health Alliance (ISBHA) to support Illinois school health centers (SHCs) with the transition to Medicaid managed care.

May 4, 2016 

April 22nd, the IL Senate passed SB2047, a bill that contains about 30% of the funding needed for human service providers for fiscal year 2016 (FY16).

The ISBHA is hosting a webinar series covering various topics related to Medicaid Managed Care and School Health Centers (SHCs). This technical assistance opportunity is designed to strengthen relationships and care coordination between SHCs and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and ensure that SHCs are integrated into the State’s Medicaid managed care landscapes.

 

April 6, 2016

Two important updates to share this month on the State Policy front. One is related to the State Budget Impasse and the other relates to EverThrive Illinois' spring legislative priority measures. Lets start with the State Budget Impasse update.

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This new report from the Social Impact Research Center highlights the moral, human, and economic toll of racial inequity. 

 

Failing to Keep Pace: An Analysis of the Declining Value of Illinois Human Services Reimbursement Rates

This toolkit is designed in the train-the-trainer model and is a user-friendly collection of resources to prepare anyone to be an immunization trainer -- no prior experience is necessary! It provides background information that advocates can use as they train fellow community workers and/or educate the public about immunizations.


EverThrive Illinois played a lead role in the coalitions working on the below three bills this State Spring Legislative Session:

 

HB5576 - The Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act 

March 3

March marks the ninth month without a state budget.

February 29

On February 9th, President Obama released his administration’s final budget proposal, calling once again for strengthened maternal and child health programs. Importantly, President Obama’s budget proposal includes:

 

February 18

Governor Rauner gave his fiscal year 2017 (FY17) budget address at noon today. He began by acknowledging that Illinois is in its 8th month without a fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budget, a fact that he stated was unacceptable. But instead of detailing out his plan for a budget that chooses to invest in children, families and communities, the Governor chose to continue to advocate for his non-budget policy agenda.

February 4

Illinois is in month eight of fiscal year 2016 (FY16) without a state budget, or spending plan, in place. What this means is that the devastation to our families and communities and the crumbling of our health and human service safety-net systems continues without an end in sight.

Cooking Matters Schedule

The following is the current schedule for Cooking Matters classes. Volunteer opportunities are listed beneath the course information. If you are new to Cooking Matters and would like to shadow a class before volunteering, please contact Lilah Handler.

 

The EverThrive IL Health Reform Initiative is proud to announce the establishment of a statewide learning collaborative dedicated to improving health literacy in Illinois.

 
 
In addition to providing ongoing support and resources, the following are current initiatives that the Illinois School-Based Health Alliance (ISBHA) has prioritized based on trends in, and feedback from, the SHC field.
 
 

EverThrive Illinois, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and Illinois Health Matters combine their experience and expertise in working with community health providers and with the nuts and bolts of state and federal health programs including Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security to bring credible, relevant and useful information to Illinois providers.
 

 

EverThrive Illinois' 2016 policy priorities coincide with, but are not limited to, our organization’s Initiative issue areas and are intended to help us meet our mission of improving the health of Illinois women, children, adolescents and families over the lifespan. EverThrive IL envisions an Illinois that works toward equity and social justice, fosters the development of healthy families and provides fair access to quality health care.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launcing a new campaign to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage levels among Illinois adolescents. As part of this campaign, IDPH is asking local health departments and other partners to utilize social media to inform, educate, and engage the public with messages about the importance of the HPV vaccine.

The Immunization Initiative coordinates and promotes activities that help educate the public about the importance of receiving an annual influenza vaccination, and helps increase access to immunization resources.

ACA Open Enrollment ends on December 15, 2017! Don't miss your chance to have health insurance next year, enroll starting on November 1, 2017. Enroll at GetCoveredIllinois.gov or by scheduling a free appointment with an in-person assister. 

 

Find a Navigator

To find a Navigator who can answer your questions, help you compare plans, and assist with getting coverage, enter your zip code below. 

Budget decisions affect every Illinois resident. Vital services provided by the state support the needs of families and communities. Cutting these public services is not an option that we can accept.

 

The Protect Medicaid Coalition unites organizations from across Illinois to tell the story of the millions of children and adults who rely on health care services supported by the state and demand responsible budget solutions which improve access to and quality of care.

 

To evaluate coverage options for women purchasing insurance through the marketplace in Illinois, EverThrive Illinois and The Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago conducted a review of contraception and abortion coverage for a selection of health insurance plans available on the marketplace.

 

EverThrive IL, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and numerous partners in Workgroup E of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) have developed a new online provider toolkit for perinatal care.

This database offers literature that’s pertinent to School Health Centers (SHCs) and child and adolescent health. Our hope is that this page will serve as a launching point to reliable research information. We update this page with source information as we identify new, relevant literature. Below you will find a list of articles organized by the following topic areas: 

 

 
Vaccinations are vital to long-term health benefits for adolescents and teens.
 
Vaccinations are vital to long-term health benefits for adolescents and teens.
 
The Immunizations team and partners offer regular webinars to educate advocates on resources, updates, and opportunities from the field. These webinars are free and open to the public, past webinars and materials are made available for the public and hosted by EverThrive IL. 
 
 
 
Upcoming Webinars

 

Transparency helps government function better and makes it less vulnerable to crises. HB 2731 HA1 – Strengthens Transparency in the Medicaid Managed Care System.

Transparency helps government function better and makes it less vulnerable to crises. HB 2731 HA1 – Strengthens Transparency in the Medicaid Managed Care System.

Currently families working low-wage jobs who do not qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are struggling to make ends meet and put food on their table.

As of September 2014 there were 1,030,544 households and 2,026,058 people in Illinois receiving SNAP. 

Read about the most up-to-date fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budget happenings, EverThrive IL's FY16 legislative priorities, EverThrive IL's leaderhip policy agenda, and more here.
Posted: June 2, 2015

 
The Illinois School-Based Health Alliance (ISBHA) provides ongoing support for emerging school health centers (SHC) across the state.

Illinois Veto Session Edition: Policy updates from the 2014 Veto Session
(Nov. 19 – Nov. 20 and Dec. 2 – Dec. 4)

This memo details a preliminary analysis of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Proposed Budget. It provides an overarching view of important health and human services priorities within the proposed FY16 Illinois state budget.

Overall, the Governor’s proposed FY16 Budget reduces spending by $6.2 Billion and proposes no new revenue.

Illinois Veto Session Edition: Policy updates from the 2014 Veto Session
(Nov. 19 – Nov. 20 and Dec. 2 – Dec. 4)

HelpHub is a web-based technical assistance portal for professionals with questions about the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

Dear Readers,


It’s been five years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 23, 2010 and we’ve come a long way since then. Prior to the ACA, Illinois women were commonly charged more than men for the same coverage, you could expect to pay more for health coverage if you had a pre-existing health condition, and hundreds of thousands of low-income Illinois residents were ineligible for Medicaid because they didn’t meet criteria (such as having children) that were unrelated to their need for health care.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). In most people, the HPV infection clears up on its own and does not cause health problems. Nevertheless, even if a person doesn’t get sick from HPV, he/she can still infect another person with HPV. About 10-20% of the time, the HPV infection doesn’t clear up on its own and can turn into cancer.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). In most people, the HPV infection clears up on its own and does not cause health problems. Nevertheless, even if a person doesn’t get sick from HPV, he/she can still infect another person with HPV. About 10-20% of the time, the HPV infection doesn’t clear up on its own and can turn into cancer.

EverThrive IL became the lead partner in Illinois for Share our Strength's Cooking Matters program in 2013.  By teaching families how to cook affordable meals on a budget, we strive to improve public health in our state.

This presentation provides an overview of the program

For more information, contact Lilah Handler.

Tips for Safe Sleep in the Winter

As the nights are getting colder, it is important to remember to always put your baby to sleep safely, alone, on their back and in a crib.  Here are some more safe sleep winter tips:

COIIN in Illinois
The Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality is a public-private partnership to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. Participants learn from one another and national experts, share best practices and lessons learned, and track progress toward shared benchmarks.

Healthy Start

National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition

On September 13th, EverThrive IL and New Birth Church of Christ Block Club facilitated the Englewood Ministers Meeting. There were over 20 people in attendance representing nine churches. Topics include Flu Vaccine, Medicaid Managed Care, Infant Safe Sleep, and a special presentation on Cooking Matters by Elder Payton, the pastor at New Birth Church of Christ. Pastor Payton told the group of ministers and community leaders about his experience trying with new vegetables and learning about portion sizes.

Closing the Gap was established through a contract between the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Illinois Department of Human Services to improve the racial disparities in infant mortality. As part of this initiative, EverThrive IL, formerly the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, implemented a large scale media campaign, a grassroots education campaign, and community-wide provider networks.  This report sums up the challenges, recommendations, and outcomes from this initiative.

Help connect hungry students with the meal most critical to their success.  Request to be contacted by a school breakfast coordinator. 

This report offers recommendations to lawmakers geared towards improving birth outcomes in Illinois.  The report is the product of more than two years of study into the causes of infant death in Illinois.  While it was published in 2009, many of the challenges are still prevalent today.  Nevertheless, we will be updating these recommendations in the coming year.

This grassroots network of organizations and individuals is dedicated to addressing the racial disparities in infant and maternal health in Chicago and Illinois. From our satellite office in Englewood, we support the local community and bring together stakeholders to develop priority areas around maternal and infant mortality.

This coalition of physicians, hospitals, and community and health organizations is committed to increasing quality health care access for premature infants and their families both within and beyond the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Text4baby is a free mobile health service designed to promote maternal and child health through weekly text messaging, provided by Zero to Three. As the Illinois coordinator, we promote the service throughout the state to expectant families. Text BABY to 511411 to receive three text messages a week, timed to your due date.  

Text4baby is a free mobile health service designed to promote maternal and child health through weekly text messaging, provided by Zero to Three. As the Illinois coordinator, we promote the service throughout the state to expectant families. Text BABY to 511411 to receive three text messages a week, timed to your due date.  

How many students are served?  How many students are on Medicaid?  These questions and more, answered in the 2012 School Health Center report card (and regional supplements).

Summer Edition: Policy updates since the end of the General Session, May 31

Summary of the 98th General Assembly; Victories in Springfield; and more.

IL FY2015 Budget/HB395; IL Medicaid Bill (SB741); State Based Marketplace Bill (SB2799); and more.

IL FY2015 Budget; IL Crib Bumper Ban; Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) HB4474; and more.

IL FY2015 Budget; IL Medicaid Working Group Updates; Dentists Vaccinating; and more.

Fair Tax in IL; IL FY2015 Budget; IL Medicaid Working Group; and more.

Special Edition: Fiscal Year 2015 “Not Recommended Budget”
The Impact of Cuts to Maternal and Child Health Services and Programs

Special Edition: Advocacy Opportunities

State updates; Federal updates; and more.

EverThrive Illinois’ Advocacy Day; Federal Updates; and more.

Governor’s Budget Address, Bills voted out of committee and more...

Primary Election Results, Illinois Minimum Wage and more...

Don’t forget to Vote in the General Primary Election March 18, 2014!

It was a reasonably quiet week in Springfield and DC...

Find out about the status after Committee Hearings.