Chicago Department of Public Health Weekly Media Brief, 02/15/2024

February 15, 2024

CDPH Public Information

Community Organizations Invited to Join PlayStreets 2024!

Attention community leaders: Seize the opportunity to be part of Chicago's PlayStreets initiative! Since 2012, the Chicago Department of Public Health has been collaborating with local organizations to create dynamic PlayStreets during the summer in Chicago in prioritized community areas, as outlined in the Healthy Chicago 2025 plan.

We invite you to submit your proposals for consideration by the February 25th deadline. With CDPH's support, your organization can establish or expand its role in growing safe, accessible play spaces where families and youth can thrive.

Partnering with BUILD, Inc. and Phalanx Family Services, CDPH aims to activate approximately 180 PlayStreets events across the South and West sides this summer. These initiatives will not only foster physical activity but also learning, creativity, and community bonding.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to be a part of PlayStreets 2024. For inquiries, please contact For organizations on the West Side, apply directly at Playstreets 2024 - BUILD, Inc. ( For organizations on the South Side, apply directly at Home | Phalanx Website (

New Episode of Healthy Chicago Podcast Featuring CDPH Commissioner Dr. Ige

In the newest episode of the Healthy Chicago Podcast, co-host Dr. Brian Borah interviews the new Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health, Dr. Olusimbo “Simbo” Ige. Dr. Borah digs in with Dr. Ige about her detailed career, her broad vision for CDPH, equitable preventative care in the community, and if she participates in Paczki Day.

Listen to the episode at Healthy Chicago Podcast page and on all podcast platforms:

Celebrating Black Public Health History

In continuing to highlight African American heroes in public health this month, we pay tribute to two heroes whose advocacy has left an indelible mark on the quest for justice and equity. Robert D. Bullard, dubbed the 'father of environmental justice,' and William (Bill) Jenkins, renowned for his pivotal role in ending the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Robert D. Bullard's pioneering work in environmental justice brought attention to the disproportionate burden of environmental hazards borne by marginalized communities. Through his research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing, Bullard fought to ensure that all people, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, have the right to a clean and healthy environment. Learn more about Dr. Bullard HERE.

William (Bill) Jenkins played a crucial role in exposing and ultimately ending the unethical Tuskegee Syphilis Study. His commitment to ethical research practices and his advocacy for the rights of marginalized communities have had a profound impact on medical ethics and public health policy. Learn more about Dr. Jenkins HERE.

As we honor the legacies of Robert D. Bullard and William (Bill) Jenkins this Black History Month, let us all draw inspiration from their courage, resilience, and unwavering dedication to justice.