Improving health disparity starts by working both locally, at the grassroots level in underserved communities, and also by advocating at the federal and state levels to let our voices be heard. Collaborating with multiple agencies, CCN works to raise awareness and identify solutions to urgent matters of public health policy.

Flint Water Campaign

In February of 2016, CCN mobilized to raise awareness and transport over 10,000 bottles of clean drinking water to the people of Flint, MI, whose water supply had been contaminated by lead. We met with several national agencies, discussed policy with local congressional leaders and participated in a national conference along with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General, to discuss long term efforts to address the public health crisis in Flint and in other communities affected, as well..

Cook County Direct Access Program

In August of 2016, CCN spoke before the Cook County Board of Commissioners for improved healthcare access in Cook County, advocating for the passing of the HC3 Cook County Direct Access Program, which would improve health access, coordination and resources for the over 180,000 Cook County residents who are still uninsured. This bill also proposes to reduce overall cost to the burdened County system.

WATCH: CCN speaks at Cook County Board of Commissioners

Gun Control

In 2015 CCN attended a joint conference on the prevention of gun violence in Chicago . Joining with several other Chicago- based organizations, we discussed policy efforts to reduce the gun-violence epidemic in Chicago’s inner city..

Mental Health Roundtable with Surgeon General

In November of 2015, a roundtable discussion on mental health services was organized by CCN. Over 30 faith and community leaders participated in the meeting, which was moderated by CCN and presided over by the Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy. A needs assessment of mental health resources in various faith communities was discussed..

ACA Expansion

CCN has been invited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on multiple occasions to speak at White House briefings and national conferences on the topic of ACA expansion. CCN has been a partners in sharing our experience and success with enrollment in at-risk communities with other organizations, including speaking at the Catholic Charities of America and Doctors for America national conferences in 2015.  In 2013 CCN was among the honorees at the White House ACA Reception for its pioneering work to expand enrollment in underserved, immigrant communities.

Childhood Nutrition in At-Risk Communities

We are planning to implement a needs assessment analysis of at-risk communities to assess barriers to accessing nutritional foods, focusing on financial limitations, school lunch programs and parental education as relevant factors..

Advocacy Conferences

Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE)/Center for Social Inclusion, Chicago, IL, April, 2016
Illinois Coalition Against Hand Gun Violence, Chicago, IL, 2016
Advocate Center for Faith & Health, Chicago, IL, 2016
White House Summit on Asian and Pacific Islanders, Washington, D.C. May, 2015
Interfaith Mental Health Roundtable with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Chicago, IL, Nov., 2015
Doctors for America National Conference, Washington, D.C. Oct., 2015
State of Enrollment: Enroll America National Conference, Washington, D.C., June, 2015

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