November 2022 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: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Time: 11:00 am- 12:30 pm via Zoom


  • McK-UDOS Youth Coalition 
    • Introducing Brian Wang as youth coalition member 
      • He would like to focus on recruitment for the youth coalition and eventually organizing a health event in Chinatown Square during the spring/summer 
    • Narcan training was a success 
      • Special thanks to Carlos for taking the time to train us on how to use this life-saving device! 
  • Student and Parent Workshop Updates 
    • 34 Workshops held in 9 Schools since September 2022 – November 17th, 2022
    • Student Workshops have been very successful 
      • Biggest workshop has been the Vaping Assembly for 6th to 8th grade at Hernandez facilitated presentations to ~800 students over the course of the day. 
      • Reoccurring workshops at James Ward Elementary for 4th to 8th Graders
      • Workshop activities 
        • Showed pictures from Haines Stress Management Workshop where had stress toolkits--drawing things that helped them relax
        • Pictures of students thoughts on Substance Use and Vaping from Hernandez Vaping Workshop
    • Parent Workshops
      • Parents enjoy the topics discussed on Mental Health, Substances, and other topics related to kids
      • A featured workshop was Art Therapy from Parent University at Richards High School where parents painted things they liked that helped them relax
    • Narcan Distribution
      • MAHA is in progress of becoming a Narcan distribution site
      • Partnered up with RUSH SUD-Center of Excellence to educate and distribute Narcan in Spanish and Chinese at the Pilsen Wellness Center  Food Pantry once to twice every month


  • MAHA
  • West Care
    • Mark Sanders will conduct a 2-hour free workshop on Youth Mentoring
      • Friday, December 9th from 10am-12pm 
      • Email to [email protected] if you would like to attend
  • Prevention First
    • Working with Cannabis regulation and oversight office to develop Point-of-Sale messaging for dispensaries 
      • Working on partnership with dispensaries, focusing on new dispensaries 
      • Starting with them to develop messaging that is displayed in dispensaries 
      • There will be a need for community partners 
    • Webinar series planned for March 2023 
      • Intersection of cannabis policy and injury prevention 
      • More information will be coming soon 
  • Riveredge Hospital –



  • Next Meeting January 12th, 2023 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Happy Holidays to all our wonderful members!