March 2023 McK-UDOS Coalition Newsletter



While the state of Illinois has ended its mask mandate and other COVID-19 restrictions, we want to continue to advocate for precautionary measures and guidance to help reduce the spreading of COVID-19 through proper hand washing, social distancing, respiratory etiquette and cleaning and disinfecting regularly. We are currently fully reopened with all programs and services available for in-person and virtual access.

McK-UDOS Coalition Meeting Minutes

Date: March 9th, 2023
Time: 11:30 am- 1:00 pm via Zoom


  • Student and Parent Workshop
    • Expanded the grade levels we work with to include kindergarten through 12th grade (previously only 4th-12th) 
    • Kelly HS Small Group sessions  
      • Working with a small group of students who use substances to discuss their use, alternative coping mechanisms, and provide a space for them to talk freely about their use  
    • Benito Juarez – working with students and parents 
      • Working with Juarez BHT to educate on substance use to build their capacity
    • We’ve joined 9 parent groups and have collaborated with them to expand their education on substance use
    • Now offering Narcan Training Workshops for Parents Groups who are interested
  • Narcan Distribution 
    • Distributed over 200 Narcan kits in partnership with Rush at the Pilsen Food Pantry
  • Youth Coalition
    • Meeting in person on March 26th, 2023 at our 230 W Cermak Office and will be facilitating a peace circle (led by one of our new youth coalition members) 
    • Justin Kerr will likely join our meeting and discuss featuring our youth coalition in the McKinley Park News 

GUEST SPEAKER: Luis Agostini from Drug Enforcement Administration, Chicago Division

  • DEA is not meant to target people with SUDs, but more so of the organized crime involving substances 
  • Mission is more so prevention focused, but also support treatment 
    • Support medication assisted treatment (MAT) 
    • Partner with SAMHSA  
  • Community Outreach 
  • Education and awareness 
    • Working within university and college campuses within Chicago 
      • To educate on substance use (specifically fentanyl) 
    •  One Pill Can Kill campaign 
      • Counterfeit pharmaceutical pills – laced with fentanyl 
        • Manufactured in Mexico and trafficked/distributed in the US 
    • Red Ribbon Week 
      • Community engagement 
    • National Prescription Take Back Day 
      • Upcoming April 22nd 
      • Have various drop off locations 
    • DEA Chicago Family Summit (occurred last summer) to highlight stories and educate 
  •  Luis A. mentioned using DEA connections to promote visibility of partner organizations through media coverage 
    • Justin K. discussed McKinley Park News and their coverage within the McKinley Park area 


  • West Care Illinois - Carlos Rodriguez
    • Discussed the 7 Challenges and seeing 72 students currently
      • Provide substance use prevention training to students and staff (have added new schools) 
    • Discussed a bit about Reverend Walter Jones from Fathers Who Care 
  • TASC - Tanya Bibbs-Smith
    • Will be facilitating SUD and problem gambling presentations at senior living facilities 
    • March 14th at Haris Casino to give out resources 
    • March 22 – Winners Circle – podcast to speak on problem gambling at 7pm (can look them up online or on Facebook) 
      • If interested in doing a podcast interview contact Toy Beasley, Winners Circle, [email protected] 
    • March 30th – Tabling at Bloomington for SUD and problem gambling 
  • Drug Enforcement Administration - Luis Agostini


  • Since we have changed our name to McKinley Park Underage Drinking & Other Substances Use Prevention Coalition, we would love to update our logo
  • Suggestions on how to improve the logo
    • Justin K: adding more of a square shape to allow for larger font, font around the edges is too casual (maybe using one font family – utilizing italics or bold but same font for everything), what do we want to brand to be? Font and logo should represent that.


  • A survey will be sent out to coalition members to fill out
  • Survey results will be summarized and discussed at the next meeting in May


  • MAHA will be doing National Gambling Screening Day on March 14th 

Next Meeting: May 11, 2023 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm