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SSMMA creates, promotes and delivers consensus-backed, regional solutions that make our communities more livable and protect or enhance our natural environment.

st.johns-emergency-trauma-center-600 (1)Trauma Center Advocacy for the South Suburbs

The the south suburbs have only one level 1 trauma center in the entire region that serves more than 650,000 residents, some of whom must travel great distances. There is clearly a need for additional trauma centers to support and sustain life in critical emergencies when every second counts.

A level I trauma center is a comprehensive regional resource that is a tertiary care facility central to the trauma system. A level I trauma center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation.

Elements of level I trauma centers include:

  • 24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons, and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial, pediatric and critical care.
  • Referral resource for communities in nearby regions.
  • Provides leadership in prevention, public education to surrounding communities.
  • Provides continuing education of the trauma team members.
  • Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program.
  • Operates an organized teaching and research effort to help direct new innovations in trauma care.
  • Program for substance abuse screening and patient intervention.
  • Meets minimum requirement for annual volume of severely injured patients.

htspotThe Healthy HotSpot Initiative.

The places you live, work, learn, worship and play can affect your health. So, the more places that support you to live a healthier life, the better. That’s where the Healthy HotSpot initiative comes in. Led by the Cook County Department of Public Health in collaboration with many partners, Healthy HotSpot aims to multiply the number of places that make healthy living easier in or near your community. Read more here. Healthy Hot Spot is made possible, in part, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Healthy HotSpots that have been identified support healthy eating, active living, tobacco-free living, or a prepared Cook County. Click here to learn more about Healthy HotSpot categories, which include:

Healthy Eating
Active Living
Tobacco-Free Living
A Prepared Cook County

Learn more about the partners helping to make places Healthy HotSpots, and what you can do to stay healthy. SSMMA has become a Healthy HotSpot partner to help make south suburban communities healthier places.

Healthy Healthy HotSpot articles and presentations

Making Healthy Living Easier
By Kimberly Morris
Healthy eating is at the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet can lower our risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as defend against depression. However, many people nation-wide have limited access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods, while the availability of nutrient-poor foods and beverages are plentiful. With obesity and its health-related diseases on the rise, now is the time for the places that we live, work, learn, worship and play to take action to make healthy eating easier. There are many things that communities can do to improve healthy food access. Some of these activities include farmers markets, community gardens, community supported agriculture or mobile produce vendors. Corner stores or local food markets are another place that can provide healthier foods and beverages. Schools, worksites, faith communities and parks can make sure healthy options are available in vending machines and cafeterias or during meetings and events…Read more here.

Healthy HotSpot Initiative presentation slides