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APAIL18 Workshop Topic Garners National News + Award

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May we draw your attention to Hospitals & their Neighborhoods...

Of the many mobile workshops being presented at the state conference in one week, we’re admittedly pretty excited about this one: Hospitals and their Neighborhoods.

The American Hospital Association honored Springfield’s two nonprofit hospitals, HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center, with National Award for their collaborative effort to improve community health in Enos Park. And as Plan4Health has garnered more and more attention within the urban planning field, it is an exciting time to learn about one of the nation’s best examples to new approaches at the nexus of health care administration and community development – right here in Springfield, Illinois.

When: Wednesday, September 26th | 9:30am - 12:15pm | 2.5 CMs

Workshop Details: This mobile workshop will leave the hotel in downtown Springfield and head north, walking through the heart of Enos Park, before attending a panel discussion at HSHS St. John's Hospital. Attendees will be able to hear from hospital executives, public health officials, and ask questions about how to address similar neighborhood planning issues in their communities. Please look below for the story of this award winning collaborative and consider kicking-off your APAIL18 experience in Enos Park - - - no worries, you will return in plenty of time for lunch and the Keynote Speaker, Carol Ross Barney.

Limited Seats Available

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Creating a Catalyst for Change

Stemming from a partnership between 3 area health care providers, the Enos Park Access to Care Collaborative has helped connect more than 100 Enos Park neighborhood residents to health care, dental care, mental health care and other quality-of-life services. More than 400 additional Enos Park residents benefited from other services, such as a bicycle club, a summer enrichment program and holiday activities.


In 2015, health care leaders at Memorial Medical Center, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, SIU School of Medicine and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health looked for a way to help the city’s most in-need areas. Enos Park, a low-to-moderate income neighborhood of 2,300 people that sits immediately north of Downtown Springfield, was selected for the project. It has a high poverty rate, unemployment and homelessness—socioeconomic factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. It is also one of the most ethnically, socio-economically, and architecturally diverse neighborhoods in Illinois. The hospitals allocated $500,000 to fund the program.


The Enos Park Access to Care Collaborative was the program created to address community needs, expand care and fund community health workers in Enos Park. Since program implementation, Enos Park has experienced waves of change -- improved community health measures, increased visits and resident access to health care, fewer emergency police calls, and reduced crime rates.

Just this year, plans were announced and renderings presented for a new YMCA facility in the neighborhood! The community health workers have been an instrumental piece, gaining the trust of clients and helping them obtain access to health care services. About 70 percent of the services provided were for basic needs such as housing, food and clothing. More than 400 additional Enos Park residents benefited from other services, such as a bicycle club, a summer enrichment program and holiday activities.(1)

“The first year has been remarkably successful,” says SIU project director Tracey Smith, DNP, who facilitated the connection with SIU’s Center for Family Medicine, a federally qualified health center. “We not only met our initial goal to assist our clients to become self-sufficient for their health, but we addressed other needs, such as jobs, neighborhood safety and referrals to social service agencies.” (Above: Enos Park YMCA Rendering | Source: fwai architects, inc.)


Amtrak! Amtrak! Amtrak! Try saying that 3 times fast...

We just can't say it enough! Truly the easiest way to Springfield. We have 3 dynamic speakers lined up to present their transportation related projects along the way (up to 3 CMs available). Click here for more information. Already registered? Email to add this to your existing registration!

Sessions! Sessions! Sessions! Much easier to say 3 times fast...

Check-out other 2018 sessions and mobile workshops today! From ‘The Mounds - America's First Cities’ to ‘Can a Suburb be Pretty Darn Sweet?’… come learn and earn - don't forget to join us for Thursday's law session 'APA-IL’s Excellent Planning Law Adventure!' and Friday's '2018 Ethics of the Year Case'. Click here for the preliminary agenda.

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