Community Outreach

Since our 2007 inception, Blue Island Brownfields Initiative staff have been deeply committed to stakeholder education and involvement in brownfields related redevelopment planning. The Community Health Monitoring pilot program and Brownfields Advisory Team described below were established to increase community participation in the implementation of the City’s USEPA Brownfields grants.

Blue Island Community Health Coalition

Since 2009, the Brownfields Advisory Team has focused on a broader range of community health related issues and is now called the Blue Island Community Health Coalition. The Blue Island Community Health Coalition meets at 11:30 every 1st Weds of each month in the meeting room adjacent to the cafeteria at MetroSouth Medical Center. 

CPPW Model Communities Project

Thanks to a 2011 $75,000 Model Communities grant awarded from the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, the City of Blue Island advanced local efforts to address obesity prevention efforts for our community. The Model Communities program was a part of a nationwide initiative to develop local-level policy, system and environmental (PSE) changes to promote increased access to healthy foods and safe places to be physically active. From Feb 2011 – June 2012, project partners worked with Active Transportation Alliance, Health Connect One & Delta Institute to join the movement in making healthy choices easy and available throughout suburban Cook County.

Community Health Monitoring

In 2009, the Blue Island Brownfields Initiative has been working in partnership with Agency for Toxic Disease Registry (ATSDR), Cook County Public Health Department (CCPHD), USEPA Region 5 Brownfields and Blue Island Healthy Communities to establish a Community Health Monitoring Program for the City of Blue Island.

The Community Health Monitoring program provides local residents the opportunity to identify public health and quality of life issues (such as the environment, safety, public & mental health, education, etc.) that most concern them.   ATSDR is in the process of developing corresponding indicators that will allow us to measure and track improvements in the community identified issues as we move ahead with our redevelopment plans.

In summer 2010, partners intend to collect data that will form the baseline measures for each of the indicators that have been established.

Brownfields Advisory Team

In 2007, the City established a Brownfields Advisory Team (BAT) composed of city staff, regional agencies, and local stakeholders to guide the redevelopment activities associated with its USEPA Brownfields Assessment grants.

BAT members provided input on the identification, rehabilitation and redevelopment of opportunity sites. As a team, they provided guidance in areas such as future and sustainable land use, local employment opportunities, development proposals, community safety and environmental protection as they relate to brownfields. In 2009, the BAT evolved into the Community Health Monitoring program.
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