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Empower Yourself and Manage Your Health | A Candid Conversation on Diabetes & Weight Loss

Join us November 15th for or a discussion around diabetes and weight loss, to health factors very important to our community.

Auburn Gresham Quality of Life Plan Download A Copy Here!

The Auburn Gresham Quality of Life Plan 2017 has been published! Electronic copies of  can be downloaded now...

Chicago Dental Society Launches Oral Safety Campaign

Just in time for school sports season, CDS dentists are making custom-fit mouthguards more accessible and affordable for families, by offering 50% off for kids and youth.

KNOW THE 10 SIGNS: EARLY DETECTION MATTERS

e Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter’s educational program, Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters, will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at St. Mark Church, 9201 S. Avalon Avenue in Chicago.

Asbestos-caused cancer blindsides family

Christian F. Hagn, Jr. from Chicago wishes he had known more about asbestos before he abruptly lost his 66-year-old father, Christian A. Hagn, Sr. (1938-2004), to mesothelioma.

 

“My dad got exposed on the job. I hope I wasn’t exposed, too,” said Christian, Jr. “Companies know that asbestos is killing people, but they keep it on the low. My dad had no protection. They told him it was just dust. Just clean your face, wash your clothes in the laundry, and everything will be fine. It was cheaper for them to lie.”

 

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer most commonly found in the lining of the lungs, and it is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. The most common way people are exposed is in the workplace. Electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, insulators, boilermakers, bricklayers, iron workers, and mechanics are at risk. Jobs like mining and mixing raw asbestos into a wide range of products releases deadly clouds of asbestos fibers. The result of prolonged exposure often goes unnoticed for many years until it becomes fatal.

 

Christian Sr. worked for 22 years as a skilled pipefitter for Union Local 597, using his craft at a number of US companies. Born in the mountainous Bavarian region of Germany, Christian Sr. followed his dream to live in the US and eventually immigrated in 1957. Christian Sr. found work in various refineries, factories and plants in the US where he was exposed to asbestos. While much of his exposure occurred during the 1960s and 1970s, he did not experience any symptoms of the disease until over 30 years later.

 

“I remember that day very clearly,” remembers Christian Jr. “I thought I was taking my dad to the doctor to treat a cold. To my surprise, the doctor walked into the room and asked my father if he had worked with asbestos before, and he said yes.”

 

On October 30, 2004, a doctor diagnosed Christian’s father with mesothelioma: “Based on what we see wrapped around your lungs, you have six months.” Christian Sr. responded: “Six months for what?” “Six months to live,” said the doctor. “You have mesothelioma.”

 

Christian Sr. passed away one hour before Christmas Eve on Dec. 23, 2004, less than two months after receiving the diagnosis. The funeral service was held a few days after Christmas Day. Instead of celebrating the holidays with his father, he was mourning his loss. This is the day that changed Christian’s life forever.

 

“My dad passed away before my son turned three. He barely knew his grandfather. He barely remembers his image, and that hurts because you are never going to get your loved one back.”

 

Christian was devastated after losing his father to mesothelioma. He said: “I didn’t even know how to spell mesothelioma or even what type of cancer this was prior to the loss.” He found hope again when he met with attorney Nicholas Vogelzang from Vogelzang Law.

 

“He showed me how to get the justice I deserve. The reality is you will never get your family back, but you can get the companies that took them away to pay. If it wasn't for Nick caring, these companies would have gotten away,” said Christian.

 

With the money Christian received from the settlement, he invested in real estate and soon began giving back to other families. "You have to save the money and be smart," he said. "I got into real estate and I used the money to help others. I bought homes as investment properties for other families to help them and their kids to go to better schools.”

 

Even though Christian lost his father to mesothelioma, he remains hopeful and in peace. “Thanks to Nick and his law firm, I can say that if you are smart with your money you get from the settlement, you can set it aside for future generations and college tuition, which is what I did for my son,” said Christian. “I was a son of a victim and it amazes me how some people are afraid to pursue and go after these companies for compensation.”

 

After speaking with other pipefitters, Christian shared that many people are also afraid to sue because they think they are going to hurt the union and affect their pensions, which is not the case. “Companies that made or work with asbestos have to pay something. Otherwise, it would have been a total loss - not only a family member loss, but also a financial loss,” said Christian.

 

Christian is dedicated to spreading awareness about asbestos and mesothelioma in order to help others.“I found an asbestos tile when I was doing a house restoration one day and I told the contractor to stop working and to get out. The contractor did an asbestos test and sure enough it came out positive. Asbestos had to be professionally removed and it still exists today, but people are not aware and it is very deadly,” he said. “I want to speak to other families who are going through the same experience. I try to do the right thing in life. I recommend Nick and I appreciate all the help and the excellent job he did. I can’t thank him enough.”

 

If you or someone you know is going through mesothelioma and wants to get in contact with Christian, visit Vogelzang Law’s Forum: http://178.62.243.197/community/.

 

Nicholas Vogelzang, Lead Counsel, of Vogelzang Law has represented more than 200 families with every imaginable type of asbestos exposure throughout the country, resulting in more than 200 million in settlements and verdicts. He is committed to helping families fight and get the justice they deserve. There is no cost to file.

 

For more information on asbestos, mesothelioma, and how you can get help, visit www.vogelzanglaw.com or call 312-466-1669.


New Report Identifies Ways That Communities Can Advance Health Equity

Communities can have a powerful impact on the health of its residents. Attached  is some great resources to help promote Healthy Chicago 2.0 work around health equity.

Community Members Standing Together Against Violence!

University of Chicago Medicine and its Community Partners invite you to the first Community GRAND ROUNDS of 2017, Feb. 23rd, 6pm, 6220 S Ingleside.  Free dinner will be served. Early arrival is strongly suggested! Register for free at 

Community Health Focus: Building Defenses to Protect Youth From STI/HIV | WVON1690

According to the CDC in 2014, youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 22% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Community Health Focus, Saturday, Feb. 11th, WVON 1690AM, at 1pm, topic "Building Defenses to Protect Youth From STI/HIV."

Community Health Focus: Building Defenses to Protect Youth From STI/HIV | WVON1690

According to the CDC in 2014, youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 22% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Community Health Focus, Saturday, Feb. 11th, WVON 1690AM, at 1pm, topic "Building Defenses to Protect Youth From STI/HIV."

CommunityRx Rising Model for Finding Healthy Resources In Communities

CommunityRx connects patients with specific nearby places and community resources matched to their health needs. Click to learn more...

The Community Health Focus Hour NEEDS YOUR IDEAS FOR WVON 1690AM!
The Community Health Focus Hour sponsored by the University of Chicago Medicine is offering our listeners an opportunity to suggest show topics for January 2017- December 2017. What topics would you like to hear about?
UI Health’s Mile Square adds new school-based clinic at Drake Elementary

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System will renovate and operate a new federally-qualified, school-based health center, in 2017 at Bronzeville’s John B. Drake Elementary School, nearby schools, and Dearborn Homes, one of the last remaining public housing communities of the former State Street corridor.

June is Men's Health Month!

This is Men's Health Month! This Saturday and every Saturday in June, the University of Chicago will be talking about, and sharing information on Men's Health. It's ALL about our guys from 1-2:00pm on WVON 1690AM. Tune in!

Experts say Holy Cross Hospital's mental health unit beats ER or jail

Experts say Holy Cross Hospital's  mental health unit beats ER or jail. Read on to hear this fascinating new service!  

2016 Community Grand Rounds Youth Summit TODAY!

The May 19, 2016 Community Grand Rounds will be a youth summit focusing on obesity, asthma, CPR, sexually transmitted diseases/infections. The event will include presentations from various youth groups***Dinner will be served. Early arrival is strongly suggested.*** For additional information please contact Natalie Watson at 773-834-9770 or RSVP at RSVP for YOUTH SUMMIT!

Join Carl West's Community Health Focus Hour, Saturday April 30 on WVON

Part II of the discussion of Get CARE, the University of Chicago Medicine's historic plan to strengthen access to care on Chicago's South Side.

Cancer The Path to Survival, Community Grand Round March 2016!

There're still open slots! Join the University of Chicago Medicine and Community Partners for this important conversation around those impacted by cancer and survived! March 31st, Holy Cross Hospital, 2701 W. 68th Street, 6-8pm, Dinner will be served! Please RSVP.

CARES Program Aims to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

The goal of Cook County CARES is to improve colorectal cancer screening. Our organized approach to colorectal cancer screening partners the University of Chicago with community health clinics, public health departments, and insurers.

U. of C. ties its promise on trauma service to expansion of hospital

The University of Chicago is using its commitment to bring adult trauma services to the South Side to win state approval of a significant expansion of the Hyde Park medical center.

St. Bernard Hospital Opens Walk-in Clinic

St. Bernard Hospital opened The Walk-in Clinic on January 5, 2016. The Clinic, located in the Hospital at 326 West 64th Street in Chicago, offers patients non-emergent medical care on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Southwest Federation Block Clubs Hosts Englewood Seniors Empowerment Summit

he Southwest Federation Block Clubs of Greater Englewood is hosting its 2nd Annual Englewood  Empowerment Summit for the Englewood Seniors in the community and
beyond. 
The Englewood Senior Empowerment Summit will be held September 26, 2015, in U.S.Bank located on the 4th at 8:15W. 63rd St. (Between Halsted and Peoria) from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

University of Chicago Medicine at the 2015 Black Women's Expo

Join the University of Chicago Medicine at the 2015 Black Women's Expo, March 27th,  Care2/Prevent, 10-3pm, Booth 114; March 28th, Affairs of the Heart, 1-2:30pm, Room N231, and much more....

Oak Street Health Serves as Warming Centers for the Elderly

Oak Street Health Serves as Warming Centers for the Elderly, Urges Residents to take Safety Precautions during these frigid temperatures. On Wednesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 19th, from 9am to 5pm, all seven Oak Street Health community centers in Portage Park, Edgewater, Bronzeville, Ashburn, Avalon Park, Berwyn and Blue Island will be open to all seniors as warming centers offering free coffee, hot chocolate, tea and entertainment for seniors. Click on story to see location deatils.

Seeking Outreach Worker for Courage To Love Community Health Project

The Courage to Love Project is seeking experienced highly organized and motivated individuals to support our program outreach activity in the Auburn Gresham community. This is a part-time position to start immediately for approximately 6 weeks, 20 hours per week. (February 2015 through approximately beginning April 2015). Contact Norma Sanders at 773.483.3696

The 3rd Annual Diabetes Cook Off At Washburne Culinary Institute

The 3rd Annual Diabetes Cook Off! A FREE, OPEN Community Event, Try Delicious, Healthy Recipes, Cheer Amateur Chefs, See How Easy Healthy Cooking Can Be. Saturday, November 15, 2014, Washburne Culinary Institute, 740 W. 63rd St., Building U, Open to the Public at 12:30am.

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