The Children's Clinic sponsored by Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society

 


The Winter NEWSLETTER
 

February 2011  


The Children's Clinic  

 Sponsored by Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society 

IMPORTANT DATES

Sunday

Feburary 27, 2011

The Chili Bowl

Fundraiser

  

Saturday

May 7, 2011

The Day at the Races

Fundraiser

 

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COOKIE DOUGH SALES!!!

  2011 Circle 80 Cookie Dough Sale!!

 2/27 - 3/14 2011

Seven varieties of cookie dough will be available at $15 a box. Please support this dynamic Circle of young ladies and purchase your favorite! All proceeds go directly to The Children's Clinic. 

Call the Clinic for more information:

708.848.0528 ext 235

THANK YOU!!!!  

The Clinic is both happy and grateful for the generous grants from:

 

Berwyn Community

Berwyn Health District

 Development Block Grant

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Chicago Dental Society

Community Memorial Foundation

First United Church of Oak Park

Grant Healthcare Foundation

Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation

Oak Park Community Development Block Grant

Seabury Foundation

Turano Foundation

University of Illinois at Chicago

United Way

VNA Foundation

Westlake Foundation

 

 A special thanks you to Jewel - Osco for over 100 brand new holiday toys for our children and an abundance of gently used warm winter coats.  

END OF THE YEAR CAMPAIGN 

The 2010 Annual Year End Appeal was a wonderful success.  In total, the Fund raised over $46,000 from nearly 175 generous donors!  

NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DENTAL TEAM! 

In mid-October, University of Illinois Chicago's Dental School administration recommended The Children's Clinic to the National Children's Oral Health Foundation to be the recipient of a new chair-side x-ray machine.   According to Dr. Jill Baskin, the Clinic's Oral Health Director, the new equipment will be used to support two pediatric dental chairs and replace an older x-ray unit in one of the dental suites.  

OAK PARK - RIVER FOREST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Ms. Lisa Lewis, a 14 year resident of Oak Park was honored by the OPRF Community Foundation at their 2011 Annual Meeting. Lisa was given the 2010 Excellence in Philanthropy Award in the outstanding individual category. A very special thank you to Lisa for donating her monetary award to The Children's Clinic!   

THE CHILDREN'S CLINIC HAS OBSTETRICAL CARE REFERRALS 

Obstetrical care for pregnant patients or their mothers through the Clinic's referral system to:


      Dr. Elizabeth Nye 

Nye Partners

www.nyepartners.com

    

Dr. Sandra Vega

McNeal Physicians Group

www.macnealphysiciansgroup.com

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 
  • Travel with Portable Dentistry team on school visits to help with paper work and entertaining kids as they wait for treatment.
  • Accompany and assist Health Education Coordinator on school visits and health fairs.   
  • Act as ambassadors and visit target schools with packets of information on the services of the clinic.
  •  Library Coordination- Secure new books, shelve according to age and interest, help children to select books after health care visit- we would love several people who could take ownership of this!
  • Reading to children- times of greatest need are after school, early evenings and first Saturday of the month.

For more information or to sign up please call  

Alma Rojas, 848-0528 ext. 236 

ENDOWMENT FUND

Did you know ......

 

We have a wonderful endowment fund set up to support nursing education at the Children's Clinic?

The fund established in honor of past OPRF Infant Welfare Society President Mary Anderson, is a wonderful vehicle to make a gift to the Clinic that makes a difference in the future?

For more information, please call Susanna Decker

708-848-0528 ext. 232 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

      Letter from the Executive Director       

   

It has been a busy time at the Clinic since our last e-news letter. The Clinic served 3,034 children in 9,455 medical and dental visits in the past fiscal year.  There were also 1,620 social service visits.  The top five communities from which the Children's Clinic draw are Oak Park, Chicago, Berwyn, Cicero and Melrose Park.  88% of the children are on the state All-Kids Medicaid program and 12% are on a sliding fee scale.

We are pleased that we will be the health care home for two new programs. The Salvation Army has initiated Promise (Partnership to Rescue our Minors from Sexual Exploitation).  Anne's House located in Oak Park will be housing girls from age 13-21 who are victims of sexual exploitation.  The clinic will be taking care of their medical and dental needs.  The West 40 Intermediate Service Center is a network of educational agencies that support teachers and students in western Cook County. West 40's Tapestry program targets high risk youth to increase graduation rates.  Many of these students will need a medical home and the clinic will be providing this for them.

The Clinic is also taking the lead in combating pediatric obesity.  Not only does the Clinic have a dietician on staff to work with patients but the Clinic is partnering with the West Cook YMCA to bring together a steering committee that will develop policy changes for Oak Park in terms of increasing physical activity and improving nutrition.

The 200 page grant to become a federally qualified health center was submitted in early December.  There is much nationwide competition for the grant and we will not hear until August 2011 if we will receive funding. Many thanks to all the Infant Welfare Society and community members who wrote letters of support.

Also, welcome to our new pediatrician Dr. Patricia Valassis who started in early November.  We are now open full time for medical care with an after hours answering service.

 

Stay warm!

 elizabeth

Elizabeth Lippitt

Executive Director 


Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society

Congratulates Elizabeth Lippitt on 15 Years of Service 

Dear Partners and Friends,

 

This month, February 2011, Elizabeth Lippitt is celebrating 15 years as Executive Director of the clinic known as The OPRF Infant Welfare Society Clinic until it was renamed The Children's Clinic in 2007.   

 

The Board of Directors, Auxiliary Board, and the members of the OPRF Infant Welfare Society, sponsors of The Children's Clinic, wish to express our hearty congratulations and thanks for Elizabeth's unwavering commitment and dedication to the Infant Welfare Society mission: providing medical, dental and social services to children in Oak Park and neighboring communities whose families are unable to afford the cost of private health care.

 

During this period from 1996 to the present the Clinic has grown from serving 927 patients with 1852 visits in the immediate vicinity of Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park to more than 3000 children and almost 10,000 visits during 2010 in 50 communities in the western suburbs and Chicago's west side neighborhoods.

 

In addition Elizabeth has become an ambassador for children's health care in the region.  By partnering with multiple children's health care organizations in the area, she enables the Clinic to play a major role in community initiatives aiming to improve the health of all children in our community.   

 

Again we say Thank you, Elizabeth, and keep up the great work!   

 

Sincerely,

 

 leah                Anne Secker

Leah Beckwith                                                                   Anne Secker

President                                                                              President  

OPRF Infant Welfare Society                                   IWS Auxiliary Board 

                                                                       

     

 


HHW Chiars 2010

2010 HOLIDAY HOUSEWALK  & MARKET is a GRAND SUCCESS! 

 holiday tree  

This year's festivities were not only splendid but also a significant fundraiser for The Children's Clinic! The dedication and countless hours of work by the event's four chairs, Mary Anderson, Debbie Blanco, Alice Ireland, and Mary Lou Noll were the key to this year's success. The new Sugar Plum Preview Party was a welcome addition to the weekend of fun. Before the Market opened to the public, "The Pick of the Plums"  from over 50 specialty merchandise and gourmet food vendors were available to the guests of the Preview Party. This three day event raised over $80,000 that will be applied to the direct operating costs of the clinic.  

As we look back over the 2010 holidays, we realize the significance of the generosity of the five families that graciously opened their beautifully decorated home for this year's Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society's Holiday Housewalk and Market.  It was an amazing gift to hundreds of children in need from our own community as well as those in over 50 other neighborhoods and towns!

 

Thank you to the 2010 homeowners! 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Cappelli    

Mr. & Mrs. James Hopkinson

Ms. Sarah Joyce & Mr. Matt Koritz

Mr. & Mrs. Brian McLaughlin

Mr. & Mrs. John Tinkham 

 

CIRCLE 41 presents "THE CHILI BOWL" 

The Children's Clinic sponsored by Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society

DATE: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011  

TIME: 1:00PM - 4:00PM 

LOCATION: CIRCLE BOWLING LANES

                            7244 Circle Ave, Forest Park    

MORE: THE BEST ASSORTED CHILI CONCOCTIONS IN THE WORLD....WESTERN WEAR or CRAZY BOWLING SHIRT HIGHLY SUGGESTED!

$25 PER PERSON - includes bowling, pool, food and pop!

$15 for children under the age of 12 - HOT DOGS & DESSERT!

Cash Bar

Tickets available on The Children's Clinic's website www.childrenscliniciws.org

or at

The Children's Clinic -320 Lake Street, Oak Park

708.848.0528 ext: 300

RSVP by 2/23/2011 at MIDNIGHT!

 

Circle 80 

CIRCLE 80 of the OPRF INFANT WELFARE SOCIETY is the RECIPIENT of the EXCELLENCE IN PHILANTHROPY AWARD by the OPRF COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 

 

 The Circle 8o is a branch of the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society whose members are girls from local area high schools.  Under the guidance of adult leaders, Mary Deziel and Julie McKune , the students work on a wide range of activities to help support The Children's Clinic.  Members of Circle 80 meet once a month.  They have planned and hosted a holiday party each year for the Clinic children and their families, collected books for the Clinic's library, decorated the Clinic for the various holidays seasons and read books to the children who are waiting to be seen by either a doctor or a dentist.  Circle 80 members have also developed their own fundraising activities including a car wash and a cookie dough sale.  The Circle received the honor of the Excellence in Philanthropy Award in the youth category on Tuesday, February 8th at the OPRF Community Foundation annual meeting. The Children's Clinic thanks Circle 80 for donating the $500 grant back to us.  It was a pleasure to see these young ladies celebrate their 10 year anniversary in 2010, and then to be honored with this prestigious award this month.  Congratulations ladies on a well deserved recognition!      

Ignacio  

WELCOME
IGNACIO PEREZ, LCSW toTHE CHILDREN'S CLINIC  

 

The Children's Clinic sponsored by the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society is happy to announce that Ignacio Pérez has joined its professional staff as a licensed clinical social worker through a generous grant from the Illinois Children's Health Care Foundation. With the addition of Mr. Perez, the Clinic now has a full time bilingual social worker. He is a graduate from Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work in River Forest. He is on staff at the Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero.

Ignacio recently received his clinical license from the state of Illinois. He has three years experience, helping families overcome issues of grief, depression, anxiety and addressing children's emotional and behavioral concerns through counseling. He has more than five years experience providing community and school based services to children, adults and families in Chicago. Mr. Perez volunteers once a week mentoring in the New Horizon's program at Gads Hill, in Pilsen.  

You can contact Ignacio Perez by calling him at 708.848.0528 Ext. 239.


Clinic Van

 BIG NEWS!!  NEW HEALTH EDUCATION OUTREACH COORDINATOR & NEW VAN FOR THE CLINIC!

 

This past August, Alma Rojas was hired as the Clinic's first Health Education Outreach Coordinator.  Prior to coming to the Clinic, Alma worked in the public health arena at the University of Illinois Extension in Chicago, where she provided health education workshops to both children and adults across Cook County.  Alma is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is one of five children and was raised in Cicero, thus, she is very familiar with the Clinic's service area.  For the first several months in her new role, Alma focused on representing the Clinic at area health fairs and has been working with local preschools and day care centers on issues surrounding nutrition.  "One of the most exciting things about my job is to see the excitement among the children when they learn new things," noted Alma.  Alma also coordinates the Clinic's Portable Dentistry Program - serving students in Oak Park and Berwyn.  Thanks to an exceptional grant from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, the Portable Dentistry Program has its own van to transport dental equipment and the dental staff to schools across the communities we serve.