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On August 25, 2022, Kristin Meyer, Community Health Specialist at the Evanston Health Department, presented the 2022 EPLAN to LWVE members via zoom. Click here to watch the video recording of this presentation. Click here to read the Health Equity working group findings and recommendations summarized in its April 2022 report.
LWVE Program Report for 2021-2022
(Click here for more information.) LWVE actively advocated for State and National League of Women Voters climateaction priorities and supported the City of Evanston’s implementation of its Climate Action and Resilience Plan. The League collaborated with the Citizens Climate Lobby and other organizations and was represented at a variety of climate programs and activities including Environment Board meetings, the League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region annual meeting. The membership was updated frequently with information and legislative action alerts
Council/Manager Form of Government
LWVE formed a working group to review LWVE Position supporting Council/Manager form of government in Evanston; report to League members for discussion and consensus to retain or update; and engage in education and advocacy under the approved position as appropriate.
The Board of Directors voted to put the review of the LWVE position supporting the
Council/Manager form of government on hold in order to retain the ability to advocate
using the current position in light of heightened interest in the topic in the community and the possibility of a discussion among city staff and /or elected officials.
Zoning and Housing
LWVE formed a working group to review and update current positions on zoning and
housing. The group conducted interviews with City staff (community development,
housing, zoning, and inspections), developers, fair housing advocates, service providers,
small landlords, Northwestern, and ZoneCo, a consultant reviewing Evanston’s zoning
code. They compiled results of the interviews and a literature review and made this report available to members and other interested parties. An LWVE information meeting and consensus meetings were held to discuss consensus questions on policy issues. Proposed language for updated positions on housing and zoning was approved by the Board at its regular April meeting.
Health Equity in Evanston
LWVE formed a working group to examine health equity in Evanston, to identify
resources providing health services, and to understand the work of organizations serving underserved communities. They completed 20 interviews representing 13 community organizations and government representatives. Responses to the question about key health concerns and gaps in services in Evanston were summarized. A Health Equity Report was prepared to summarize the findings and guide future advocacy. The report has been shared with League members and with governmental and community
The Health Department in Evanston works to protect residents, assess the needs of the community, and provide services to ensure the health of the public. Every five years they collaborate with community partners and local agencies to conduct an assessment and determine priority health needs of the community. The 2022 Evanston Process for the Local Assessment of Needs (EPLAN) identifies the top health needs in order to dedicate public health resources so they can be directed most effectively toward improvements in community health. Click here to read and download a PDF of this report.
On August 25, 2022, Kristin Meyer, Community Health Specialist at the Evanston Health Department, presented the 2022 EPLAN to LWVE members via zoom. Click here to watch the video recording of this presentation.
Click here to read the Health Equity working group findings and recommendations summarized in its April 2022 report.
Speaker presentations were held throughout the year to inform members and guests about housing and zoning, health equity, and climate action.