Friday, December 18, 2009

"The underlying issue here is racism and poverty"

The front page story in the 12/18 Chicago SunTimes was Health gap kills 3,200 black Chicagoans every year. In the Chicago Tribune the front page story was Saving Michael: Mom’s efforts to help Son. The report on health disparities was on an inside page of the Tribune, with the title Health Gap Widens between Blacks and Whites.

This "media map" shows how people who our outraged or emotionally connected to these stories can look at research, or competitive intelligence, that the Tutor/Mentor Connection has collected, then build neighborhood, business, or faith based strategies, that become long-term solutions to these programs.

Articles I point to in this map are:

Reframing School Drop out as a Public Health Issue

Supporting volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs as public health strategy

Role of Hospitals – Mt Sinai Map and Strategy

Role of Faith Groups – Woodlawn area map

Tutor/Mentor Birth to Work Pipeline Strategy Map

I've been writing about these issues for 16 years. However, we’re just a small voice, like a Prophet, that very few people are taking time to listen to. I've encouraged others on the Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection team to do the same.

The links I’ve pointed to are just a few of the articles that can be studied by any big, or small, groups of people who want to change the headlines by finding solutions. Contact the Tutor/Mentor Connection if you'd like to have our help. We're at 312-492-9614

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