September 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: Thursday, September 15th, 2022
Time: 11:30 am- 1:00 pm via Zoom


  • School Workshop/Presentations 
    • Show some student activities  
    • Update them on parent workshops 
    • We’re setting up meeting with Schools 
    • Workshops are for elementary, middle school, and high school students 
  • Local Business Partner 
    • At the end of July, we went to local businesses around Chinatown and Pilsen to put stickers up 
    • Comments:  
      • Justin Kerr advised creating a way to acknowledge these businesses and offer them something in return to encourage other businesses to participate 
      • Possibly acknowledging them on MAHA’s website, sending them updates on community statistics related to substance use 
      • Western and 35th corner convenience shop as a place to target with our efforts 
      • Extend these McK-UDOS partnership stickers to restaurants that sell alcohol/substances 
  • Summer Tabling Events 
    • Throughout the summer, we tabled events at BPNC Playstreets Community events and attended some Back-to-School fairs 
    • Talked to local residents about MAHA and the McK-UDOS Coalition 
  • MAHA’s New Building 
    • We recently purchased a new building; the address is 218 W 26th St 
    • All MAHA’s programs will be in one place 
    • The move-in date is still unknown, but the earliest is the end of September  
    • We can have future in-person meetings and events in the building. 
  • Training 
    • Carolina has been finding different training we can do to better support the people we outreach 
    • Be There Certificate from the Born This Way Foundation, where it gave us advice on how to approach someone going through a crisis, listen, show support, setting boundaries, and connecting them to help. 
    • We’ll be working with Prevention First with Randyl Wilkins next Wednesday to talk about Mental Health First Aid and QPR training.  
  • Youth Coalition 
    • We met with them last Sunday and they have an agenda this year on recruiting more members and wanting to be more involved in events 
    • They would like to join in on our future meeting 
    • Comments: 
      • Justin Kerr: Involve youth coalition in community events/service projects through collaboration with other organizations organizing such events 


  • Maribel Martinez - Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC)
    • Working on helping migrants that recently arrived and now located in Burr Ridge 
    • Hiring staff to travel to Burr Ridge and work with migrants (job posting attached in email) 
    • BPNN Coalition meeting on Monday @10:30am 
      • Focused on LGBTQ and gender inclusion 
  • Peter Xu - Project Vision 
    • Have an opportunity for students at the age of 16 to 24 years to get paid and be involved in develop neighborhood civic projects 
      • 10 hours per week during the school year 


  • Feedback on Resource Guide for prevention and treatment services
    • It is a draft of what the resource guide might be like (attached in the email) 
    • Picked places that either had several locations around Chicago or were local/close in the McKinley Park area 
    • Almost all of them provide their services in Spanish 
    • Hoping to translate the final version in Spanish 
    • Comments: 
      • Justin K.: develop an online version 
      • Create a sort of online database with more resources that can be posted on the McKinley Park News 
      • Mimi commented that a QR code can be placed on pamphlet that would direct to this online version 


  • November 17, 2022 11:30 am – 1:00 pm