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Dialogue Over Distance
This spring, join College of DuPage faculty members as they examine the intersections of prevailing health matters with local community organization leaders and health care providers. Timely and thought-provoking free webinars will focus on the impact of COVID-19, the increasing necessity of social services and the natural desire to cope with adversity through community action.
Please note that Dialogue Over Distance presentations are recorded. Archived presentations can be found on the College of DuPage YouTube playlist. Presented in partnership with Addison Public Library, Bellwood Public Library, DuPage Pads, Glenside Public Library District, Northwestern Medicine, People's Resource Center and Wheaton Public Library.
7 p.m. Thursday, April 29
Without stable housing, families face an increased risk of poor health outcomes. According to a recent study published in the journal "Pediatrics," crowded housing, frequent relocations and homelessness exacerbate children's pre-existing health conditions and the family's overall stress level. These facts hold true in DuPage County where data suggests residents are settling for inadequate conditions due to the rising cost of living.
Join service professionals from vastly different areas of expertise, but united in the mutual goal of improving lives, to discuss barriers in accessing adequate shelter, and thus, better health.
Topics and Presenters
- "Connecting Health with Sustainability in Housing Design"
- Emily Basham, registered architect and COD instructor, architecture
- "Emergency Room Realities and Obstacles"
- Dr. Aaron Quarles, Northwestern Medicine Doctor of Emergency Medicine and Instructor at Feinberg School of Medicine
- "Unforeseen Direction of Services After COVID"
- April Redzic, DuPage Pads President/CEO
We hope this Dialogue Over Distance presentation inspires action.
The simple phrase “housing assistance” encompasses more than temporary or permanent shelter. As covered in the webinar with local experts, the community benefits immeasurably when neighbors’ needs for stable shelter, including utility assistance, household furniture and supplies are met.
- Answer the urgent need for household supplies for DuPage Pads.
- Beware of common mortgage relief scams to which local senior citizens have fallen prey. Learn more from the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information.
- Become a mentor and help a family transition to permanent housing woth Bridge Communities.
- Encourage your mortgage company and banks to support H.O.M.E. DuPage.
- Encourage your employer to match monetary donations to nonprofit organizations that provide housing assistance.
- Familiarize yourself with the DuPage County cooling and heating sites for those experiencing inadequate shelter.
- Keep building materials out of landfills and donate them to DuPage Habitat for Humanity’s Addison and Fox Valley ReStore locations.
- Learn about fair housing and the signs of possible discrimination.
- Put that underused furniture back to work and schedule a pickup for a local family through Sharing Connections.
- Shop online for items most needed by clients of Midwest Shelter for Homesless Veterans.
- Sponsor a teen in need of stability with 360 Youth Services.
- Stay informed about your local housing support organizations’ needs and initiatives. Sign up for newsletters and follow them on social media.
- National Volunteer Week (April 18 to 24) is coordinated by Points of Light and was established in 1974 to recognize the impact of volunteer service. Local nonprofits benefit greatly from the added support of residents during this important national awareness week. Visit Giving DuPage, the DuPage volunteer center, for a list of current donation and service needs in the area. Consider participating in the Giving DuPage Days event to celebrate the many organizations that have stepped up to serve our residents throughout the challenges of this past year.
These services offer access to shelter, utility and rent support to community members in need.
- DuPage Community Resource Information System has a robust list of housing and utilities resources.
- DuPage County Housing Assistance provides support for rent and utilities.
- DuPage Housing Authority offers rent vouchers.
- If you see someone who is unsheltered, call the DuPage Pads Emergency Response Line at (866) 682-3846, ext. 2275.
Related COD Academic Programs
College of DuPage offers seven associate degrees, including the Associate in Applied Science, which has 75 areas of study and 175 certificate programs for today's career and technical subject areas. Courses are offered at more than 50 sites throughout Community College District 502 as well as online. The following programs are related to the topics covered in the webinar:
- Construction Management
- Health Sciences programs (all)
- Human Services
- Political Science
- Service Learning
Visit cod.edu/programs for a list of all programs.
Food Is Money: The Economics of Nutrition
Current public health and economic crises are marked by a significant increase in the number of first-time food pantry clients and compounded by declines in food donations.
COD professors joined local food bank experts and health professionals to discuss the link between food insecurity, health and economics in this information-packed webinar.
Production and transcripts from Wednesday, March 17
We hope this Dialogue Over Distance presentation inspires action.
Food pantries have a consistent need for nutritious and fresh foods to distribute. Here's how you can help:
- Take advantage of BOGO deals the next time you are shopping.
- Plant a little extra this spring and share fresh produce from your garden.
- Volunteer at a food bank near you. Opportunities are listed at givingdupage.org.
- Thank food bank workers.
- Encourage your employer to match monetary donations to nonprofit organizations that provide food assistance.
- Follow your local food pantries on social media and sign up for newsletters to be aware of needs and initiatives.
- DuPage County Food Pantry Map
- Community Hunger Network's Food Bank Service Areas
- Northern Illinois Food Bank's "Get Help-Give Help" Guide
What does healthy eating look like to children?
See good nutrition through the eyes of young artists in the electronic art gallery at People's Resource Center in celebration of National Nutrition Month and Youth Art Month.
Many College of DuPage departments offer a variety of free virtual presentations to the community.
- COD Cares' Roll Up Your Sleeves Blood Drive and Organ Donation Awareness Campaign webinar - "To Save and Heal: Our Natural Hidden Powers" (Tuesday, April 13)
- Native American Advocacy Roundtable, recorded March 23, 2021, presented in partnership by COD Native American Studies Committee and Glen Ellyn Public Library
- Counseling and Advising
- Homeland Security Training Institute
- Global Chats
The Speakers Bureau is a complimentary service in which dynamic educators engage with local organizations through in-person and virtual lectures, performances and discussions, providing a glimpse into the College's wide array of knowledge.
Recent presentations include History of Chicago Mayors, U.S.-Russian Relations, Film and the Oscars, Hardening Soft Targets, Cultural Storytelling, Immigration Debate via Social Media, Female Supreme Court Justices, and Storm Chasing.
At this time, virtual Speakers Bureau presentations are available via Zoom. Complete the Speakers Bureau Request Form to schedule a virtual presentation. For more information, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Ami Chambers at (630) 942-3823, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The News Bureau promotes the College’s news, programs, students, faculty, events and thought leadership and is available to provide experts for commentary and analysis on trending topics.
If you are a media professional looking for an expert for a media piece, please contact News Bureau Manager Jen Duda at (630) 942-3097, email@example.com.