Child Wellness Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Additional Child Wellness Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to COVID-19, we may have suspended or modified some of the programs we offer. Please reach out to each program's contact person for more information.

 

Regardless of how old your children are, healthy habits are important. We have several programs for children and adolescents that are fun and help them stay healthy! To stay informed on upcoming events and program sessions, follow us on Facebook or return to this page.

Be Me Be Healthy

Currently suspended

This educational support group provides adolescent girls ages 13-18 a space to talk openly with their peers about issues like sexuality, healthy relationships, and life challenges. Be Me Be Healthy meets for seven- or eight-week sessions in the fall and spring. The group meets at our Brighton Park and California clinics.

For more information, please contact Olivia Cruz, Programs Associate, at (773) 236-0951 or ocruz@esperanzachicago.org.

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Mano y Mente

Currently suspended

This educational support group provides adolescent boys ages 13-18 a space to talk openly with their peers about the challenges they face as they grow into men: mental health, community violence, sexual health, self-care, and healthy relationships. Each participant is also paired with a community mentor. This six-week session concludes with an art show and an outing to Starved Rock State Park.

For more information, contact Daniel Vergara, LCPC, behavioral health counselor, at dvergara@esperanzachicago.org.

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Vida Sana

Vida Sana, Spanish for "healthy life," helps kids to eat right and be active. This group meets for four-week sessions at our Brighton Park and California clinics, and includes two individual visits with a pediatric physician and two group sessions. The first group session includes sports and games for participants! The second session includes a cooking demonstration and food tasting. Vida Sana has fall and spring sessions. This group is for patients only.

For more information, please contact Olivia Cruz, Programs Associate, at (773) 236-0951 or ocruz@esperanzachicago.org.

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Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read integrates reading into pediatric care to help families build meaningful bonds and promote healthy brain development.  Books are given to children during their Well-Child Visits starting at 6 months old until the age of five. Reading to children can positively impact their language and listening skills while nurturing their curiosity and memory. 

For more information, please contact Olivia Cruz, Programs Associate, at (773) 236-0951 or ocruz@esperanzachicago.org.

Girls on the Run & Heart and Sole

Currently suspended

Our Girls on the Run team of 3rd to 5th grade girls, and our Heart and Sole team of 6th to 8th grade girls gain self-esteem, learn about physical activity, and build friendships while training for 12 weeks for a 5K race during both a spring and fall season. These teams meet at our California and Marquette clinics.

For more information, please contact Olivia Cruz, Programs Associate, at (773) 236-0951 or ocruz@esperanzachicago.org.

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In partnership with Open Books and The Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program, Esperanza Health Centers will continue to promote literacy among our youngest patients. Every month, children will be gifted one age-appropriate book from birth until the age of five. Reading aloud consistently promotes healthy child development and prepares the child for success in school and beyond. 
Your family qualifies if you belong to any of the following zip codes: 

60608 (Pilsen)
60609 (New City)
60612 (East Garfield Park)
60621 (Englewood)
60623 (Little Village)
60624 (West Garfield Park)
60632 (Brighton Park)
60636 (West Englewood)
60644 (Austin)
60651 (West Humboldt Park)

For more information, please contact Olivia Cruz, Programs Associate, at (773) 236-0951 or ocruz@esperanzachicago.org.

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