Stroger’s Peace Fests reached out to community youth

As part of his summer Peace Fests, Cook County Board President Todd H. Stroger joined officials at Provident Hospital of Cook County and the Sengstacke Ambulatory Clinic to sponsor a Back To School Health Fair in August.

As part of his summer Peace Fests, Cook County Board President Todd H. Stroger joined officials at Provident Hospital of Cook County and the Sengstacke Ambulatory Clinic to sponsor a Back To School Health Fair in August.

The series of events, held throughout the summer, centered around the slogan ‘Give Peace A Chance,’ and were designed to help undercut the wave of street violence that plagued the metro area in recent months by offering young people safe, affirming recreational and educational alternatives. Peace Fest organizers provided youth with transportation, meals, counseling and a sympathetic ear during activities. The youth also received physicals and immunizations, provided by the Cook County Health and Hospital Syste; dental screenings, lead screenings and other lab work, provided by the City of Chicago Department of Public Health; additional dental screenings provided by the Colgate Dental Van; vision screenings provided by Plano Child Development Center; Teen Smoking Cessation Program offered by Realty Inc.; and HIV screens.

Community partners of the events included Yolanda Travis of the Black McDonald Operators, Keith Allen, and Henry English, CEO of the Black United Fund. The Cook County Forest Preserve District provided a petting zoo and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department featured its “Safety Town” van for children to explore.

“I would like to thank all of our community partners, church leaders and corporate sponsors who joined in to help make this summer’s Peace Fest a huge success, including Real Men Cook, Moo and Oink, and Walgreens,” Stroger said.

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