2017 Annual Conference

Thank you to all who attended and made the 2017 Annual Conference a huge success! 

If you attended the conference, you should have received an email with a link to the presentation slides from the events.

Questions and feedback from the conference can be sent to CAHI@everthriveil.org




The 2017 EverThrive IL Annual Conference theme explores the importance of uniting voices in order to collectively develop solutions and effect lasting change. This conference is a call to action for all those committed to equity, social justice, and fair access to quality health care for women, children, and families across Illinois. We invite you to join us as we seek to listen to each other, learn from each other, and work with each other to improve the health of our communities.

Conference Presentations
Keynote Address
Event Sponsorship
Conference Logistics



A limited number of spots will be available tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM. 


EverThrive IL is offering a discounted ticket price for current members. Membership will be verified. If you are not currently a member, but would like to take advantage of the discounted price, you’re invited to purchse a membership with your ticket below. 

If you have questions regarding your membership status, please contact Joanna Medina.






Conference Presentations


EverThrive IL is excited to offer over 20 presentations on unique public health topics in four priority tracks:

  • Track A: Maternal and Infant Health
  • Track B: School Health
  • Track C: Community Health for Equity
  • Track D: Health Policy & Advocacy


Breakout Session One

Track A: Latino Best Start: Building Health Equity to Promote Breastfeeding in the Latino Community

Track A: The Well-Woman Project: Listening to Women’s Voices to Improve the Ability to Access Well-Woman Care

Track B & D: Health and Educational Rights of Homeless and Unaccompanied Youth 101

Track B: The Partnership for Resilience - Integrating Education and Health to Create a Trauma-Informed, Family-focused System in the Southern Suburbs

Track B: The Whole School? How to Make an All-School STI Screen Possible

Track B: Using Public Health Data and Research to Identify and Protect High Risk Illinois Youth

Track C: Early Learning Ambassadors, Peer Educators in Logan Square




Breakout Session Two


Track A & C: Improving Prenatal Care for Youth: Birth Justice in Healthcare Settings

Track A: March of Dimes IL: Prematurity Campaign Roadmap

Track B: Layers of Care: Integrated Health Services in a School-Based Community Health Center

Track B: Skills to Equip Those Working with Adolescents to Address E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults

Track B: Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention

Track C: Increasing Sexual Health Knowledge: Working with a Local Library to Improve Adolescent Health

Track D: Public Policy to Reduce Underage Drinking



Breakout Session Three


Track A: Caring for the Whole Family: From Conception Through Postpartum

Track A: fiveSMART™ Steps to a Healthy Child: A new healthy lifestyle message

Track A & C: Supporting the Reproductive Health of Women Living with and Vulnerable to HIV

Track B: The CHAT Program: Transforming a School-Based Sexual Health Initiative

Track B: Using Primary Prevention Education to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Track C: Place-Based Interventions to Promote Child and Community Health: Program and System-Level Lessons Learned

Track D: Achieving Leadership through Engagement and Empowerment: Using the Collect Impact Framework

Track D: Understanding Reproductive Care in Religious Health Systems 




Keynote Address

Building a Regional Infrastructure for Illinois Children to Succeed

Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA, FAAP

The keynote address will discuss efforts at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU SOM) to improve the health outcomes of children and families in central and southern Illinois.  Serving a mostly rural service region consisting of 66 counties, 32,000 square miles, and over 2.2 million people, SIU SOM’s efforts have required building interdisciplinary community coalitions united in efforts to design and pilot interventions that can be modeled and lead to sustainable policy change efforts.  The address will discuss the story of rural children in Illinois, successes and challenges of SIU SOM, and our future plans to build an increasingly healthier central and southern Illinois.  


Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA, FAAP is the Executive Director of Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine’s Office of Population Science and Policy, a research and policy think tank aiming to improve health outcomes in central and southern Illinois.  A general pediatrician, Dr. Vohra is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Humanities.  Dr. Vohra completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago.  He earned a Master of Arts in public policy at the University of Chicago, a medical doctorate at SIU SOM, a juris doctorate, graduating first in his class, at SIU School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors at Northwestern University.  Dr. Vohra has received several honors including a United States Fulbright Scholarship in 2009, 2014 American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, and was recently named an Edgar Fellow in 2016, one of 40 emerging political and policy leaders in Illinois.




Event Sponsorship


Be a crucial part of the 2017 Annual Conference "Uniting Voices, Creating Solutions"  and connect with health advocates from across IL. As a sponsor, you will receive special recognition in our conference materials, and your organization will be announced throughout the event. Additionally, your organization’s information will be highlighted within the conference program, with an option of having your logo appear on our conference materials. Finally, included in bronze sponsorship is one complimentary ticket for the conference, and silver and gold sponsorship will include two complimentary tickets for the conference.

Sponsorship information & form here.





Conference Logistics


The 2017 Annual Conference "Uniting Voices, Creating Solutions" will offer a casual networking reception open to all attendees on the evening of April 5th and a full conference day on April 6th. All attendees will be asked to register for the conference day starting at 7:30 am on April 6th, and attendees will be provided breakfast, lunch, and a light afternoon snack.


Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credits (CE/ CEU/CNE) will be offered for the 2017 Annual Conference. Participants may earn up to a total 3.75 credits/contact hours. Credits will be provided at no additional cost to attendees. If you’re interested in receiving credits, please be sure to denote it during the ticketing process.