Integrating Health Into Chicago's Building Code
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Adam Avrushin, JD, PhD serves as the Associate Director for Center for the Human Rights of Children. Prior to joining Loyola, Mr. Avrushin served in leadership positions at several nonprofit organizations and worked as an attorney/guardian ad litem for children in state care. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Vice President of Community Program Development at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago where he worked with community programs and funders to support services and activities within the Chicago community and abroad. Prior to this, he was the Associate Director of Youth Service Project, a youth service agency located on Chicago’s west side. In this capacity, he oversaw the organization’s programs that provided trauma-informed and positive youth development services to community youth while also working with stakeholders to continue building a safe and thriving Greater Humboldt Park community. Mr. Avrushin served as an Assistant Public Guardian with the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian where he successfully represented and advocated for hundreds of children in Illinois’ child welfare system. Mr. Avrushin received his PhD from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. His doctoral dissertation, “The Meaning of ‘Child Caring’ in Post-ASFA Child Welfare Practice,” examines how money and funding for child welfare services impact how licensed child welfare workers think about the care children receive from foster parents and private child welfare agencies.
John Bartlett is Executive Director for the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, where he has defended tenants’ rights for the past twenty-two years. Mr. Bartlett began his work for social change more than 30 years ago in Seattle, Washington as a door-to-door canvasser/fundraiser for an environmental organization. John initiated MTO’s Tenants Rights Hotline in 1994 and MTO’s Healthy Homes program in 2005. He has been a part of numerous Health Homes Initiatives including Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Lead Safe Illinois and Healthy Chicago 2.0. Mr. Bartlett oversaw development of MTO’s innovative SquaredAway app that is used by thousands of tenants in Chicago. Mr. Bartlett is a certified mediator and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Organizing from Northeastern Illinois University.
Brian A. Bernardoni is the Senior Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy for CAR. He oversees not only lobbying for the Association but additionally public policy, commercial real estate and economic development issues as well. Bernardoni served both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel & Richard M. Daley on various working groups and commissions which have assisted in the development of affordable housing, reforming Chicago’s outdated building code, the Cook County Land Bank, redevelopment of abandoned property and taxation reform in the region. Prior to his career with the REALTORS® which began in 2002, he served as Executive Director of the University Village Association where he contributed significantly towards the inclusive revitalization of the Near West Side of Chicago and also represented Chicago's high-rise commercial office building industry as its lobbyist and publications director for BOMA/Chicago.
Jim Flora is a sales professional and lifelong Cubs fan who has lived and rented on the north side of Chicago for the past 20+ years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from DePaul. He currently resides in Roscoe Village.
Judy Frydland serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings for the city of Chicago. The Department of Buildings supports the safety and quality of life for the residents and visitors of the city of Chicago through enforcement of the Chicago Building Code, including permitting, inspections, trade licensing, and regulatory review. Prior to joining the Department of Buildings, Ms. Frydland spent 25 years in the Chicago Law Department working with various city departments, community groups and other stakeholders on the enforcement of building code, municipal health and business license violations. In 1998, Mayor Richard Daley and Police Commissioner Terry Hilliard presented Ms. Frydland with an award in honor of community activist Arnold Mireles, tragically killed by a landlord, for evacuating tenants in a building overrun with criminal activity and dangerous building code violations in 11 days, and relocating those tenants to safer housing. The evacuated building is now senior citizen housing.
Dr. David Jacobs is Chief Scientist at the National Center for Healthy Housing in Washington DC and an adjunct associate professor at the UIC School of Public Health. He is also Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Healthy Housing Research in the US. He previously served as the Director of the HUD Office of Lead Hazard and Healthy Homes and has published over 80 studies in the peer reviewed scientific literature, including a book chapter on lead toxicology. He has testified before Congress and other legislative bodies numerous times and was a principal author of the President's Task Force report on childhood lead poisoning in 2000 and the Healthy Homes Report to Congress in 2001. He has degrees in Environmental Engineering, Technology and Science Policy, Environmental Health, and Political Science. Most recently, he published an evaluation of the Illinois Comprehensive Lead Education and Reduction through Window Replacement (CLEAR-WIN) program.
Robert (Bob) A. Kaplan is Acting Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5 office in Chicago. He implements federal environmental programs in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as 35 federally recognized tribal governments. Region 5 has 1,150 employees in Chicago and throughout the Region. Prior to assuming leadership of the region, Bob was Deputy Regional Administrator. He assisted the Regional Administrator and supervised the day-to-day operations of the Region’s staff. He was formerly the Regional Counsel, supervising a staff of about 125 responsible for civil and criminal enforcement actions under all federal environmental statutes in the six-state region. He also advised the Regional Administrator, Deputy Regional Administrator and the Region’s various program offices and service organizations on environmental law, government ethics, contracts, grants, employment and labor law, tribal law and information law.
Kevin Kennedy is an Environmental Hygienist and is the Managing Director for the Center for Environmental Health at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, MO. The center provides patient-based services, training, and education, and performs research in indoor environmental health. He is currently one of the instructors for the Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Healthy Home Training Center serving the state of Missouri for the National Center for Healthy Housing. Additionally, Mr. Kennedy is currently the co-director of the Workgroup Practice Parameter on Home Assessment for the Joint Task Force of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He is a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association’s Home Health Committee, and serves on the curriculum committee for the National Healthy Homes Training Center.
Dr. Cort Lohff serves as the Medical Director for Environmental Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health. In this role, he oversees several environmental health programs, educates and informs the general public and decision makers on environmental health issues, and assists in the development and implementation of public health policy. Prior to taking this role, he served as the State Epidemiologist for Vermont and the Deputy State Epidemiologist for Iowa. He received his MPH from the University of Michigan, his MD from the University of Wisconsin and completed residency training in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the New York State Department of Health/University at Albany School of Public Health.
Helen Margellos - Anast is the Director of Community Health Initiatives and Senior Epidemiologist at Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) in Chicago. Helen has been involved with the design, implementation and evaluation of nine interventions to improve asthma outcomes since 2001. Each study builds on the previous to assess the utility of the Community Health Worker (CHW) model whereby CHWs educate and empower children, caregivers, and adults to improve chronic disease management. Helen has successfully established contractual relationships with health plans allowing for the sustainability of the Sinai Asthma Program and its expansion to new populations. Under Helen’s leadership, the Sinai Asthma Program has received awards from the American Hospital Association, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Public Hospitals, the Premier Healthcare Alliance, URAC, and the Illinois Hospital Association, among others. More broadly, during her tenure with SUHI, Helen has gained extensive experience within health disparities research, the design and evaluation of interventions for numerous health conditions, and community engagement. Helen has published numerous papers concerning overall health disparities in Chicago and the U.S., as well as disparities in childhood obesity, asthma, and the health status of Deaf persons. Helen was elected to the Board of Directors of the Chicago Asthma Consortium in March 2006 and served as the Chair from 2009-2010. She is also an Allied Health Professional member of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.
Molly Martin, MD, MAPP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a Fellow in the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Martin is an established leader in the fields of behavioral intervention design and testing, especially as they relate to community health workers (CHWs). She is also active in local and national policy efforts that target health disparities. Her research focuses on community models to improve health, specifically the CHW model. She is particularly interested in asthma, oral health and obesity in children. Dr. Martin has been the principal investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects that test community-based interventions targeting these conditions. She serves on the Executive Committee for Community Health Worker Section of the American Public Health Association and on the Board of the Chicago Asthma Consortium. Dr. Martin was a member of the State of Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board which developed recommendations for the community health worker workforce requirements in Illinois. As a complement to her research, Dr. Martin sees patients in the Mile Square Health Center and participates in resident and student education.
Joe Moore is known as a pioneer for political reform, governmental transparency and democratic governance. He has represented Chicago’s 49th Ward since 1991. Encompassing the majority of Chicago’s Rogers Park community and a portion of the West Ridge community, the 49th Ward is one of the nation’s most economically and racially diverse communities. During his tenure as alderman, he is proud to have co-sponsored Chicago's smoking ban for bars and restaurants, and to have been the chief sponsor of the Clean Power Ordinance that pushed for the closing of coal-fired power plants on Chicago's south west side. He now chairs the Chicago City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate.
Dr. Julie Morita was appointed as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) in early 2015. Under Dr. Morita’s leadership, CDPH developed and launched Healthy Chicago 2.0, a four-year plan to assure healthy equity by addressing the social determinants of health. In addition, under her leadership, CDPH led efforts to pass several tobacco prevention initiatives including raising the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years. Previously, Dr. Morita served as CDPH’s Chief Medical Officer leading the city’s response to the pandemic influenza outbreak where she developed a system to distribute more than one million doses of vaccine across the city as well as the city’s efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of the Ebola virus. Dr. Morita has served as a member of the Institute of Medicines Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and the Illinois Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. Prior to her time with CDPH, Dr. Morita served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC and worked in private practice. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School and completed her pediatric training at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Anthony Santiago, who is committed to improving outcomes for children and families, joined the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (IYEF) at NLC in 2013. As a Senior Fellow focusing on Partnership and Program Development, Anthony facilitates new collaborations with municipal governments and IYEF, while also supporting several portfolio areas through program design and implementation. Prior to his position at the National League of Cities Anthony was Deputy Chief of Staff for the mayor of Newark, NJ for several years. In municipal government, his concentration was in the use of data for innovation and performance management in addition to managing the city’s financial empowerment initiatives. His role included leading the city’s efforts to reform its Healthy Homes program, financially inclusive program development, and partnership engagement.
Anita Weinberg, JD, MSSW, has worked on behalf of children and families for over 35 years as an attorney and as a social worker. Currently she is a Clinical Professor and Director of the ChildLaw Policy Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Professor Weinberg involves students in interdisciplinary projects in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice and children’s health. For over ten years she and students were intensively involved in efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Chicago and Illinois. Their work included, successfully building collaborations among stakeholders, raising awareness, and policy and legislative reforms. Professor Weinberg is the recipient of grants from the Chicago Community Trust, Telligen, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for work on lead poisoning prevention. In 2006, Loyola’s childlaw program received the U.S. EPA Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award for its efforts to reform policies on lead poisoning and protect future generations from being harmed by lead. Professor Weinberg has co-authored amendments to the Illinois Juvenile Court Act and the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, including Illinois’ first prevention driven lead poisoning legislation. She has testified before congressional and state legislative committees on child welfare and health related issues.