The Skokie Community Foundation is proud to present a virtual Healthcare Symposium free to the public on Thursday, November 12, from 6-7:30 pm.

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The Symposium, entitled Coping with COVID-19 will offer information and practical strategies for dealing with the pandemic and its impact our lives. Joins us for this online event as we learn to take care of ourselves and support each other through these challenges.

Healthcare Symposium Info

What can you expect?

The 90 minute online event will be divided into two parts.  The first half will feature the following speakers.

Catherine Counard, MD, Medical Officer for the Office of Health Protection at the Illinois Department of Public Health and former Director of the Skokie Health Department, will talk about the current status of COVID-19 in Illinois.

Cordelia Loots-Gollin, LCSW, Turning Point, will speak about maintaining mental, physical, and emotional health during the pandemic, including during the holidays.

The second half of the event will offer attendees the opportunity to participate in one of five interactive break-out groups, each addressing specific needs and interests.  Group leaders in each group will present information, techniques and/or coping strategies.  You will be invited to share your ideas as well.  The break-out groups are:

Taking Care of Yourself: Learn about ways to de-stress, including an opportunity to practice chair yoga and breathing techniques led by trained Turning Point staff. Appropriate for children through older adults — feel free to grab the kids to join you for this hands-on experience.

Supporting children ages 0-14: Join staff from Skokie School District 69 and local parent co-leaders in learning how to support the social/emotional well-being of your children in the face of the limitations created by the pandemic.

Supporting young adults in high school and college: Learn how to recognize and handle the difference between normal stress behaviors, and warning signs of more serious concerns. Staff from Niles Township School District 219 and Turning Point will be joined by a local teen co-leader, to provide tips and scripts.

Active adults staying connected: Especially for older adults, Skokie Park District staff and a local resident co-leader will share opportunities to stay connected with the outside world and with others. Bring your ideas and get ready to connect!

Creating community connection: Whether in direct response to COVID-19 or another shared interest, coming together with others creates a sense of purpose and belonging while benefiting the community. Hear how Fairview parents and Lorel Park neighbors are creating community and share your experiences.

How do I sign up to attend?

To sign up, go to When you register, you’ll be asked to choose which of the above break-out groups you’d like to join after listening to the speakers. After registering you will receive a link to the event.

Is There a Fee?

No. The event is free and funded by the Skokie Community Foundation, North Suburban Healthcare Foundation, and Rotary Club of Skokie Valley. Registration and technology support are provided by the Skokie Public Library.

Additional event partners are: Chicago Lighthouse, Erie Family Health Centers, Mental Health America of the North Shore, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Skokie Chamber of Commerce, Skokie Park District, Skokie Public Library, Skokie School District 69, Skokie Resilient Community Collaborative, Turning Point Behavioral Health Care, Village of Skokie, and Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.

More questions?

Contact the Skokie Community Foundation at: or at 224-935-5950.