Wellness

Wellness

Building on the foundation of public safety by providing the means for residents to improve their personal and community well-being.

Announcement

If you are seeking resources related to the coronavirus or vaccines, please visit our COVID-19 page in the Resources section of the website. Our next PlayStreets event will be held on August 24, 3 - 6 pm at 4500 N. Maypole!

Our community wellness programming aims to support residents to improve their personal and community physical and social well-being.

GPCC strives to address the social and environmental determinants of health, bringing additional health resources to Garfield Park. Our team works to increase green space and food access through the Garfield Park Garden Network and Neighborhood Market, activate public spaces and reduce violence through community events, and make connections to wellness lifestyles and health resources. In the past year, we have extended our programs to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing protective gear, housing support, and offering direct financial assistance to local residents.

 Core Wellness Programs

  • The Garfield Park Garden Network, a coalition of green spaces and community gardens on three acres of urban land, and the Garfield Park Community Eco-Orchard, now under development.
  • The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market, which sells produce grown by the Garfield Park Garden Network, local gardens and urban farms, and hosts local food and beverage businesses, as well as members of The Hatchery Chicago. The Neighborhood Market also incorporates nutrition education and healthy cooking demonstrations.
  • The Youth Garden Corps, a paid summer internship that helps local teens gain work experience and learn about health and sustainability as they work in community gardens and at the Neighborhood Market.
  • Community and public safety events that promote healthy, active lifestyles for children and adults, including PlayStreets, block parties that encourage physical activity, and other community bicycling and increase daily physical activity in the neighborhood.
Wellness Coordinator Angela Taylor stands at a podium near a projected presentation for the West Side United annual convening
Wellness Coordinator Angela Taylor speaks at the West Side United convening in 2018

We work in partnership with local health centers, including behavioral health providers.

Our Wellness Coordinator participated in the planning for West Side United, and serves on their Executive Leadership Council. Our team also works with Rush Medical Center, Habilitative Systems, Bobby E. Wright Behavioral Health, and others.

We support Healthy Chicago 2025, the current plan from the City of Chicago Department of Public Health, which highlights the importance of addressing the social determinants of health.  

Public Safety & Healthy Environments

We love to host fun events that promote health and well-being and support increased public safety.

Our events combine traffic safety programs, healthy food, and physical activities. In recent years, we have also worked with local partners like the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and Breakthrough Urban Ministries to bring street-level violence prevention teams to events. Events have included community bike rides, PlayStreets events, indoor roller-skating parties, and group wellness walks.

Young roller skaters at one of our indoor events in 2018

Public Safety & Healthy Environments

We love to host fun events that promote health and well-being and support increased public safety.

Our events combine traffic safety programs, healthy food, and physical activities. In recent years, we have also worked with local partners like the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and Breakthrough Urban Ministries to bring street-level violence prevention teams to events. Events have included community bike rides, PlayStreets events, indoor roller-skating parties, and group wellness walks.

Young roller skaters at one of our indoor events in 2018

Planning for Wellness

GPCC is one of several community partners contributing to the Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative (GPRWC), a group of organizations in West Garfield Park that seek to work with neighborhood businesses and residents to identify and address needs in the community centered around health and wellness. Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative partners have engaged in the ‘Rite to Wellness’ campaign and held monthly virtual town hall meetings and launched the Rite to Wellness campaign.

With the City of Chicago DPD, the Goldin Institute, and Studio Gang, GPRWC is also working toward streetscape developments along Pulaski and Madison. Ultimately, partners are planning to develop a wellness hub in West Garfield Park. 

Learn more about the Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative at ritetowellness.com.