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Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness Receives Chicago Development Award

Chicago’s community development world will celebrated its present and future this week, at the UIC Forum with the 17th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, recognizing the community leaders, architects, businesses, government leaders, foundations and community development organizations that keep Chicago’s neighborhoods vibrant and strong.

Created by LISC/Chicago and now attracting nearly 1,400 leaders each year, CNDA is the nation’s largest awards program dedicated to neighborhood-based development.

A total of 10 awards were given out: seven for various aspects of community development leadership (recognizing programs, projects and individuals) and three sponsored by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. Many of the awards were accompanied by monetary gifts, ranging from $2,000 to $20,000.

Before the ceremony, attendees listened to a panel of mayoral candidates discuss their approaches to the city’s neighborhoods.

One of this year’s winners was the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness, winning the Chicago Community Trust Outstanding Community Strategy of the Year for $20,000.

The Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness uses a highly-localized, grassroots approach to keep area residents healthy and informed.  Since 2005, the Community of Wellness and its broad coalition of more than 200 community members and 60 organizations, including health care providers, human service agencies, advocacy groups and educational institutions, has worked to educate people and families about making healthier lifestyle choices and more proactively managing their own health care.  At the same time, the Community of Wellness is focused on re-imagining the community as a whole – its schools, homes and environment – so that it can better support people in sustaining healthy choices in their lives.

The Community of Wellness has also found ways to connect Humboldt Park residents with ongoing research studies and clinical trials in disease management and other relevant health issues, creating a true exchange in which the community is not only benefiting from health care services but also actively contributing to their advancement and improvement.