November 2020 McK-UDOS Coalition Newsletter



With the current pandemic of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has been an evolving 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. For the moment, we have closed our offices to help reduce the spread of the virus. However, we are still working remotely to continue our mission.

McK-UDOS Coalition Meeting Minutes

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 11:30 am- 1:00 pm Via Zoom



  1. Ailin Chang- MAHA
  2. Lina Xie- MAHA
  3. Jason Sollis- CPD Community Policing Office
  4. Alicia Valdes- Chicago HIDTA
  5. Jonas Ginsburg- MAHA
  6. Jana Chiu- Office of State Representative Theresa Mah
  7. Jody Heavilin- Prevention First
  8. Michael Preissing- West Care Foundation Illinois
  9. Ren Schmidt- Healthcare Alternative Systems
  10. Allison Plyer- MAHA
  11. Neil Dixit-Lurie Children’s Hospital
  12. Arista Wang- MAHA
  13. Martha Pazdro- Healthcare Alternative Systems (H.A.S)
  14. Deanna Sandoval- Healthcare Alternative Systems (H.A.S)
  15. Hong Liu- MAHA
  16. Edward Huang- MAHA
  17. Sandra Oviedo- Pilsen Wellness Center
  18. Edward- MAHA
  19. Michelle Flagg- Illinois Liquor Control
  20. Melissa Scaturro- Chicago HIDTA
  21. Linda Gordon- Lurie Children’s Hospital

  • Expansion of services to the suburban immigrant community (Aurora/Naperville)
  • Mental health workshops to public audience – Mindfulness
    • Discussion around self-care and mindfulness
    • Multiple language available: Cantonese, Mandarin, English
    • New interns to assist with mental health program
  • Trauma-informed care program grant award
    • Recently held press conference to celebrate the new grant award- 3 year program
    • Liu provide short presentation on trauma-informed care and components of the program

  • The effects of COVID 19 on the mental health of Chicago's minority youth – Edward
    • Research looking into brain damage resulted from COVID-19
    • Notice of telemedicine as alternative strategy to help with substance abuse education amongst youth
    • Continued research to be updated to Dr. Liu
  • Law enforcement - Chicago Police Department
    • Office Jason Sollis discuss the role/work of the Office of Community Policing 9th district
      • Outreach to youth
      • Reach out to domestic violence survivors
      • Protect elders- patrol around public gathering places
      • Host beat meetings- share out community concerns
      • Engage community members
    • Pilot program- District Coordination Officers
      • Answer chronic problems- not criminal, more so mental health or substance abuse related
      • To serve as alternative policing strategy
      • Tasked to work with community members, partner with organizations
    • Next public event: November 11.24 Community Conversation
      • To help develop community district plan
      • Understand how to plan and distribute resources
    • Agency updates and CST program - Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc. (H.A.S)
      • New community support team, based on Back of the Yards
        • Looking for referrals
        • Intended to provide case management service in individual’s own community
        • Take patients with mental health or substance abuse diagnosis
        • Work with training, monitoring, and support services
      • Available language: English and Spanish
        • Other language needs- to be collaborated

  • Martha Pazdro- H.A.S.
    • How to better protect staff and participants during the time of COVID-19
    • Transition to telehealth to continue to providing services to community members
    • Challenge: to develop a plan in place to both protect staff and participants while continuing to provide services
  • Michelle Flagg- Illinois Liquor Control
    • Challenge: outreach to underage drinking prevention
    • Uploading recordings to put up to Youtube to reach a larger audience
    • Open to collaboration and outreach opportunities
  • Linda Gordon- Lurie Children’s Hospital
    • Seek collaboration with youth advisory board for those interested
  • Ren Schmidt- H.A.S
    • Notice of increase in substance abuse/violence
    • Challenge: outreaching
  • Sandra Oviedo- Pilsen Wellness Center
    • Recommend the attendance of CPS representatives to future coalition meetings
    • Pilsen drive-through event: Nov. 15 from 1pm to 3pm
      • Food pantry
      • Flu shot available
    • Melissa Scaturro- Chicago HIDTA
      • Available resource: Overdose map
        • Breakdown of locations to which overdose cases take place in Chicago
        • Effort to put up billboards in hotspot areas
        • Engage police officers to monitor hotspot areas

  • MAHA Suicide Prevention Coalition meeting
  • MAHA Mindfulness Workshop
  • Alcohol Policy Resource Center webinar next Tuesday, November 17th from 10:00 am to 11:00am- Preventing Youth Access to Alcohol Online with Dr. Rebecca Williams. Register
  • MAHA flu shot event to take place Nov 19
  • Coming soon- Chinatown to have regular, free COVID-19 testing sites and flu shots

  • Tentatively set for January 14, 2021 over Zoom
  • Calendar invite to be sent out

Preventing Youth Access to Alcohol Online

Prevention First’s Alcohol Policy Resource Center (APRC) provides resources, tools, training, and assistance on evidence-based alcohol policy strategies and law enforcement strategies to municipalities, local officials, law enforcement and community coalitions focused on underage drinking and alcohol misuse in communities throughout Illinois.

Dr. Williams will discuss how youth get access to alcohol online, the scope of the problems with Internet alcohol sales, the regulatory issues surrounding online alcohol sales, how to restrict online alcohol sales, and the impact that COVID has had on online alcohol sales and the research aiming to address preventing youth access.

Rebecca S. Williams Ph.D., M.H.S., is a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has spent more than 20 years studying the sales and marketing practices of websites that sell age-restricted products such as tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, kratom, and cannabis, with a keen eye towards policy change related to youth access prevention and tax evasion.  This research has had a strong impact on shaping state and federal policy surrounding Internet tobacco product sales. Additionally, for over 15 years, Dr. Williams has been the Chief Technology Officer for the national CDC-funded Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, which focuses on development and dissemination of evidence-based approaches to cancer control. Dr. Williams, who was trained at the University of Rochester, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and University of North Carolina School of Public Health, is the author of numerous scientific articles in journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American Journal of Public Health, and Tobacco Control.

To learn more, click the following link:

CPD Office of Community Policing 009th District Community Conversation 2

The Chicago Police Department will be seeking community input in order to draft District 9's 2021 strategic plans surrounding crime enforcement and community engagement. They are looking for community input to help them focus on how we can be more effective as a Police Department. Your participation is needed and appreciated.

It will be held on November 24th 2020 at 6pm. To register for the event, click the following link: