Chicago Community Adapting to the Impact of Covid-19

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As we all adapt to the impact of covid-19, I want to commend organizations for letting staffs work remotely, trusting that people can be productive and get the job done while supporting public health recommendations. Elevated Chicago´s work is very collaborative – we need each other to advance our cause. And yet, we recognize that one of the best ways we can “show up” for one another is less about sitting across desks and more about recognizing what we need in the moment. Right now, colleagues need to feel safe and supported. So, we’re looking to move meetings from in-person to virtual, and finding technology solutions to keep us on track. Adaptability is one of our core values, so these adjustments are not disruptions, but demonstrations of who we are and how we work. This is especially important for people who work in community and in the nonprofit sector. Because of the type of work we do, our personal backgrounds and lived experiences as people of color, LGBT people, women and/or immigrants, we are likely to be under additional pressure, concerns and anxiety due to this situation. To those in these and other groups especially affected or at higher risk, please remember to take care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually; and role-model self-care for your loved ones, your colleagues and your community. Let’s each keep health front and center and be here for each other.

We also want to express how thankful we are to have partners like the Chicago Department of Public Health, and Esperanza Health Centers for working tirelessly to keep our community informed and healthy in these uncertain times.

The Elevated Team

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