Cicero, Illinois wins 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize

October 8, 2018

10 years ago residents of Cicero, Illinois, 89 percent of which are Latino, were overwhelmed with gang violence fueled by poverty, disconnected youth and lack of resources. A community summit in 2007 led to action on multiple fronts to address the root causes of gang violence—from the lack of parental involvement in the lives of young people to poverty, illiteracy, linguistic isolation, and the lack of knowledge regarding community services or resources. The Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates American communities making great strides in their journey toward better health. The prize will bring the town national attention for something positive, says Elida Ortiz, a long-time resident and the CCC coordinator. “We've worked very, very hard to change that perspective.” Read more here.

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