January 2022 McK-UDOS Coalition Newsletter



Happy New Year! The continuous spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been a situation impacting the world and our community. We want to advocate the precautionary measures and guidance to help the spread of COVID-19 of 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: Thursday, January 13, 2022

Time: 11:30 am- 1:00 pm via Zoom


Attendees: 15 people

Sara Reschly (BPNC), Tanya Bibbs-Smith (TASC), Cecily Smith (Project Vision), Justin Kerr (McKinley Park News), Martha Pazdro (H.A.S), Karina Cordova (St. Anthony Hospital), Arista Wang (MAHA), Miriam Serrano (H.A.S), Yesenia Alarcon (Heartland Alliance), Joe Mele (Drug Enforcement Administration), Jessica Casiano (Chicago HIDTA), Dion McGill (Lurie Children’s Hospital), Abigail Torres (MAHA), Andrew Piotrowski (MAHA), Lina Xie (MAHA)


  • MAHA virtual fundraiser recap
    • Coalition completed comprehensive training program and will be receiving certification for completion
  • New MAHA satellite offices
    • Aurora Location: 4360 E New York St, Aurora, IL 60564
      • Service offered: health insurance navigator, immunizations, gambling screening and outreach, and community health screenings
    • Bridgeport Location: 3500 S. Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60609
      • Services offered: health insurance navigation, immunizations, and community health screenings
    • Lina encouraged members to share information about new satellite office locations with their networks


          • Joe Mele – Drug Enforcement Administration
            • Offer assistance in community outreach, also asked for any information regarding new drug pricing, sales, etc. to please contact him at [email protected]
          • Tanya Bibbs-Smith - TASC
            • TASC will be tabling at resource fairs on college campus in the month of February for substance use and gambling disorder services
            • TASC is also working with National Council on Problem Gambling on services for veterans on issues of substance use or problem gambling behavior


          • Karina Cordova at Saint Anthony Hospital Community Wellness Program
            • Family Support Service- Promotes strong, healthy parent-child relationships
              • Child, Adolescent, and family therapy
                • Free of charge, but there is a waitlist
                • If someone who has health insurance applies, they may be referred to another agency that can provide immediate support
              • Developmental Support
                • Provides education for parents of children up to 8 years of age
                • Also provides training and tech assistance for pediatricians and family practice physicians
              • ACT- Adults and Children Together against Violence
                • Educational series for parents of children under 10
              • APE- Adolescent and Parent Education
                • A series of 9-10 sessions with parents and their teenagers attending together
            • Mental Health Services- Goal is to provide culturally responsive counseling services and emotional support to adults who have limited/no access to health insurance
              • 3 basic services:
                1. Individual therapy
                2. Couples therapy
                3. Group therapy
            • Case Management
              • Housing assistance
              • Crisis intervention
              • Economic/Employment Assistance
              • Education Support
              • Employment Assistance
              • Legal support
                • Assistance with court accompaniment (they do NOT retain lawyers)
                • Restraining order assistance
                • Child support assistance
            • Health care access
              • Medicaid
              • SNAP
              • Health insurance for pregnant women and CHIP
            • Locations
              • Little Village
              • North Lawndale
              • Brighton Park
              • Back of the Yards

          5. GROUP ACTIVITY


            • Joe Mele – DEA
              • National Drug Takeback event – Saturday, April 30th from 10am-2pm
                • You can also drop off unused prescriptions or OTC drugs at your local police station
                • Email [email protected] for more info
                • Lina noted that we have collaborated on the National Drug Takeback Day events in years past and aim to promote the upcoming event
            • Lina Xie – MAHA
              • Provided flyers on Back of the Yards COVID-19 event hosted by Plant Chicago
                • Saturday, January 15th, Plant Chicago will host vaccines & boosters & covid testing for anyone over 12 years old. There will also be selling local food boxes and products from Firehouse Market (produce, honey, kombucha). For questions, email [email protected]
              • Back of the Yards Library is in need of KN95 masks, especially in kid sizes
                • If you have any information on where to obtain, please contact Corina Pedraza (Back of the Yards Library)- [email protected]

            7. NEXT MEETING

            • Thursday, March 10th from 11:30am – 1:00pm via Zoom
            • Request for information and others, email [email protected]