News & Updates

Join EverThrive IL Board, Associate Board, and staff for the latest from Follow Her Lead: a Speaker Series for Emerging Women Leaders.


Leveraging Passion into Purpose
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

EverThrive IL is thrilled to welcome three panelists to share their experiences in taking a passion for health, policy, and advocacy into careers and positions of leadership in the field.


A short Q & A will be held, followed by a networking reception. 


Call Congress NOW at (202) 224 - 3121 and demand they stop using children's health care as a bargaining chip!

After over one hundred days without a budget and continued funding for vital health programs, Congress has failed to do either, and instead is using CHIP as a bargaining tool pitting children's health against DREAMers. Last night, the House passed a short term extension that left many essential programs without any long term solution. Today we wait for the Senate to act to avert a federal government shutdown. 

As the Illinois State House begins its spring legislative session on January 23, and the Illinois General Assembly begins to shape next year's budget, EverThrive IL continues to push for sustainable, adequate funding for the critical services children and families need to thrive. At the federal level, a new tax bill passed by Congress in late 2017 is beginning to take shape in Illinois as we mark 100 days since CHIP Funding has expired.





Budget Update:

EverThrive IL strongly opposes further budget cuts in the current fiscal year (FY18) and next fiscal year (FY19) as the Illinois health and human service sectors have been cut to the bone over the past decade, leading to instability in Illinois' safety-net, job loss, and lost human potential. We continue to call on the Rauner administration and the general assembly to work together to identify revenue solutions and other ways that allow Illinois to invest in the health of its children, women and families.

Join the American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Chapter and EverThrive IL for a webinar featuring Families Fighting Flu as part of the 2017 Immunization Best Practices Webinar Series. 


Zero To Three Policy Center and the Center for Law and Social Poverty have released four papers making the case for national investment in babies' good health. Download the full policy briefs and find out more: 

In July 2017, EverThrive IL convened and facilitated a MCH Strategy and Coordination meeting that brought over 60 stakeholders together from across the state. Meeting participants discussed the State of the State in regards to MCH matters, and also shared what they viewed as challenges and opportunities in the field.


The Maternal and Infant Initiative and partners offer webinars to educate advocates on resources, updates, and opportunities from the field. These webinars are free and open to the public, past webinars and materials are made available for the public and hosted by EverThrive IL. 


Upcoming Webinars


The latest State and Federal Policy updates from EverThrive IL.



Budget Update:

Join the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University's Monthly Research Forum on Tuesday, November 7 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. This month's topic is How to Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorders Who Become Pregnant: What Research Tells Us featuring Hendree Jones, PhD, Jones is the Executive Director of UNC Horizons Program and a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.