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Week of April 03, 2017

Autism, Sesame Street and Chicago
Contact Jackie Carey: (312) 996-8277 /

Julia, Sesame Street's newest Muppet who happens to have autism, is making her broadcast debut on April 10. Sandy Magaña, professor of disability and human development in the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences, served on the show's advisory committee for the project that ultimately launched the new Muppet. Magaña can talk about autism, including one intervention she is piloting in Chicago for Latino families called "Parents Taking Action." 

Fear of deportation (*expert speaks Spanish)
Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Research has shown that immigrants have increased barriers to care and a reluctance to seek services, along with significant stress associated with fear of deportation. Youth with DACA status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are also under stress. Dana Rusch, a psychologist and researcher specializing in the mental health needs of Latino immigrant youth and families at the UIC College of Medicine’s Institute for Juvenile Research, can comment. 

Title X funding
Contact Jackie Carey: (312) 996-8277 /

On Thursday, the Senate voted 51-50 to turn back a rule that banned discrimination against any organization that performs abortions in distributing Title X funding. Dr. Jessica Shepherd, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology in the UIC College of Medicine, is available to discuss what reduced Title X funding could mean for women in Chicago. "Title X funding is about supporting vulnerable women with access to quality, comprehensive health care and other important preventive health programs," Shepherd says.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

A recent Trump administration budget proposal would trim funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. Rachel Havrelock, director of UIC's Freshwater Lab, says the cuts would drastically weaken programs that benefit the Great Lakes region. Havrelock, an expert on the role that water sharing and water management plays in peacemaking, diplomacy and economic equality, will host a related summit in May, and can comment.

Mouth malignancies
Contact Sam Hostettler: (312) 355-2522/

Nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral/oropharyngeal cancer this year, causing 9,750 deaths, making it the sixth most common cancer in the world. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Beth Miloro, clinical assistant professor of oral medicine and diagnostic sciences, can comment.

04, Tuesday | registration required

"Systems of Power: Disrupting the Repetition of History." Conference will focus on minority health issues and feature a luncheon panel discussion on the first 100 days of the Trump administration. For more information and to register, visit 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave.

Film premiere: 'If Youth Can, Then I Can'
06, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 413-4628

"If Youth Can, Then I Can." UIC's Urban Youth Trauma Center in partnership with Free Write Arts & Literacy, will premiere the film made by local Chicago youths and teens about the impact of violence in their communities. Live performances and panel discussion on violence prevention programs in Chicago. The Chicago Art Department, 1932 S. Halsted St., Suite 100. 

Event: Careers in Public Policy
07, Friday | Free |

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, headlines the event. Presented by the Government College Relations Council. 9:30 a.m. to noon. UIC School of Public Health, 1603 W. Taylor St. For more information and to register visit 

10, Monday | RSVP requested | Call: (312) 413-8702

Teams of future entrepreneurs make business presentations to a panel of judges, who will then choose the winners in several categories. Past winners have gone on to see their startups through. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Media welcome.

May 10 - 11 | Free | Call: (312) 996-6352

UIC's Freshwater Lab's summit will bring together community leaders, government officials, and researchers from both the U.S. and Canada to address lead poisoning, oil pipelines, budget cuts and other threats to the Great Lakes region. Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Register online