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Before the sun came up Wednesday in Chicago, cheers filled a multipurpose room at Curie Metropolitan High School as news broke:   Curie had been named one of the “World’s Best Schools.”  The Southwest Side high school is among five schools — and the only school in North America — awarded a $50,000 World’s Best School …

CHICAGO — Putting more resources into mental health is the driving force behind a new coffee shop in Lakeview. “The goal is to serve a cup of coffee to anyone who walks through the door,” said Christopher LeMark, founder of Coffee, Hip-Hop and Mental Health Coffee Shop. Found on Belmont between Seminary and Kenmore, the …

In response to a recent RoundTable discussion with legislators and local providers on the health crisis in Gary hosted by Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary), State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) comments on the community’s health desert and urges the state to address the harmful systemic disparities. Recently, I attended a RoundTable hosted by Senate Assistant …

Classes are back in session this week at many school districts, including at Chicago Public Schools. As the pandemic continues to evolve, this year comes with new COVID-19 protocols.  “The science is pretty much supporting all the changes that CDC is doing,” said Dr. Geraldine Luna, medical director at the Chicago Department of Public Health. “The reports …

After two Chicago police officers died by suicide in a two-week period, the brother of one of the officers is speaking through his grief in hope of helping others. Patricia Swank, who served as a Chicago police officer for more than six years, died July 2. A second officer, Durand Lee, 42, died Friday. A …

“The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s workforce development training programs strengthen the health and economic stability of the communities it serves. It provides strong workforce training and education that addresses much of the root causes of food insecurity,” said Kevin Counihan, President of Ambetter Health on behalf of Ambetter of Illinois. “Ambetter Health is proud to …

Chicago fire officials unveil new ‘AutoPulse’ technology The Chicago Fire Department has unveiled a new potentially life-saving piece of equipment. CHICAGO – The Chicago Fire Department has unveiled a new potentially lifesaving piece of equipment. On Tuesday, firefighters showed off the “AutoPulse” at Burnham Harbor. The device fits to the patient’s chest and performs CPR, …

Illustration by Olivia Abeyta Chicago area organizations, such as the Muslim Women Resource Center, are organizing counseling sessions and interpretation services to help the area’s recent influx of Afghan refugees and address mental health challenges. Ayesha Quraishi, the mental health coordinator at the Muslim Women Resource Center, said the waiting area in the organization’s Rogers …

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday issued a warning as COVID case rates are “slowly rising in many areas of the state.” The health department said residents “should be paying close attention to conditions in their local communities” and urged vaccinations and booster shots for eligible populations. “While hospitalizations and deaths tied to …

Chicago’s health department issued a reminder to residents on what they should do if they test positive for coronavirus, with cases continuing to rise as the BA.2 omicron subvariant takes hold. “REMINDER: Regardless of vax status, if you test positive for COVID, you must isolate for 5 days, then you must wear a mask in …