In addition to the public symposium in November, on September 9, 2020, SCF hosted a symposium for nearly fifty professionals from healthcare and related fields entitled COVID-19: Local Lessons Learned.
During this three-hour event, professionals presented information and discussed best practices for handling the various complications of service delivery due to the pandemic. They also discussed how to proceed in the future to most effectively serve their constituencies.
Presenters at the SCF Healthcare Symposium for Professionals on September 9, 2020 included (clockwise) Zach Williams, SCF Board Chair; Valerie Walker, LCSW, ACSW, Director of Services, Zachariah’s Sexual Abuse Center; Karelia Webb, RN, MPH Compliance and Clinical Education Nurse, Erie Family Health Center; Ronit Peikes, MSW, LCSW, Human Resources Director, Turning Point.
Both the public and professional symposia were presented by the Skokie Community Foundation in partnership with Chicago Lighthouse, Erie Family Health Centers, Mental Health America of the North Shore, North Suburban Healthcare Foundation, 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.
Genesis of the annual Skokie Healthcare Symposium
The beginning of a tradition rooted in SCF’s commitment to Skokie’s well-being.
In January 2020, the Skokie Community Foundation and North Suburban
Healthcare Foundation (NSHF) reached an agreement to create a new
annual Skokie Community Healthcare Symposium.
From 2009 to 2020, NSHF supported organizations engaged in the delivery of healthcare services and the promotion of community health within the Village of Skokie and surrounding area. Under the leadership of its Chair, Beverley Kroll, NSHF made significant grants to: NorthShore University HealthSystem; The Chicago Lighthouse; Heartland Health Centers; Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center; Erie Family Health Center, Inc.; and Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.
NSHF dissolved in 2020 and as it wound up its affairs, it awarded a grant to the Skokie Community Foundation allowing SCF to continue NSHF’s mission of promoting community health by hosting an annual healthcare symposium in Skokie. In keeping with SCF’s commitment to promoting collaboration among local organizations, SCF invited NSHF’s prior grantees to work with it on the symposium.