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April 16, 2015
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summitKane County to Host Leaders Summit May 8th, 2015 

Workshop will showcase modern community development practices and state & regional agency resources for local leaders


The Kane County 2015 Leaders Summit will be the 12th such event hosted by the county since the first policy workshop was convened in 1999. This year's workshop will be the first among a series of workshops focused on connecting local leaders and policymakers with the most innovative resources for promoting health and prosperity in their communities.  


This workshop will feature top state officials sharing their departments' visions for working with local leaders and the agency programs at their disposal. Speakers representing three state agencies will include: 




The keynote speaker, Christopher Coes is the Director of LOCUS, a network of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, walkable development. He works with real estate developers and investors across the country to advance LOCUS' public policy agenda.


The workshop will be held at the Q Center in St. Charles, IL (1405 N. 5th Avenue) on Friday May 8th, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. Registration is $30 and will increase to $35 on May 1st (attendees can still register at the door).


Click below to complete the online registration.




For questions regarding registration processing, please contact Christie Duffy with the Kane County Development Department. For questions about the workshop agenda, contact Mark VanKerkhoff.



DataKane County Health Department Builds Health Data Resources 

The Health Department is developing a comprehensive databook as part of its Community Health Assessment


The Kane County Health Department is currently going through its Community Health Assessment (CHA). A Community Health Assessment is a systematic approach to collect and analyze data to educate and mobilize communities, identify priorities, determine available resources, and plan actions to improve the public's health based on the needs of the community. One of the assessments within this process is known as the Community Health Status Assessment (CHSA), which gathers information on particular health issues within the community (e.g., diabetes hospitalization rates) through surveys, focus groups and available secondary data.  Contracting with Professional Research Consultants (PRC), the health department was able to survey almost 1,100 residents in Kane County and was able to conduct an analysis of the data for the county as a whole and also separate some of the data by Northern Kane, Central Kane and Southern Kane.  Eight focus groups were also conducted by PRC, the Illinois Public Health Institute and Presence Health.


April 10th Stakeholder Meeting in which data was presented to various partners within the community.


This databook gives a comprehensive analysis on the needs in the community and also specific needs based on particular planning areas.  This information, along with the other assessment conducted throughout the process, will give members of the community a strong picture of health in the county and the needs in the community to formalize partnerships to help address.  This comprehensive databook could not have been completed without the partnerships with all 5 hospitals in Kane County and the INC Board, NFP. 


To view the databook and also the other assessments that have been conducted, please go to www.kanehealth.com/cha.htm.  If you would like to show you support for the initiative and be part of the CHA Stakeholder Group, please sign the online charter at http://www.kanehealth.com/charter.htm.


For more information about the Community Health Assessment, contact Dan Eder with the Kane County Health Department.

awardKane County Planning Cooperative to Receive National Award

American Planning Association bestows Award of Excellence in the Best Practices category


In March the Kane County Planning Cooperative was selected for a Best Practices award by the American Planning Association County Planning Division and the National Association of County Planners. Two staff representatives from Kane County will accept the Award of Excellence at the APA National Conference in Seattle this month.


The Kane County Planning Cooperative (KCPC) was launched in 2012 with a focus towards integrated planning across the county's Departments of Health, Transportation and Development. This cross-sectorial approach to planning has enabled the KCPC to leverage the expertise and resources of each department in fulfilling of the goals of the Kane County 2040 Plan. 


The award announcement has been listed on the webpage for the American Planning Association's County Planning Division along with the award recipients in additional categories.


PractitionersWorkshop for Planning and Public Health Practitioners

Connecting the Dots: Exploring the Synergy between Planning and Public Health

The Illinois Public Health Institute, the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association and their local partners are sponsoring two workshops for planning and public health professionals. The workshop will feature interactive discussions for developing creative and concrete ways for practitioners to collaborate across their respective fields.


The workshop dates and locations are as follows:


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CMAP (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning)

233 South Wacker Drive, 8th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60606

9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Champaign Public Library

200 West Green Street

Champaign, Illinois 61820

10:00 am - 1:00 pm


This training is pending approval to provide three (3) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) CM credits.


Register online today or for more information about this meeting, please contact Jess Lynch at jessica.lynch@iphionline.org. 


Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Planner - (630) 232-3493 
tansleymatthew@co.kane.il.us or kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us

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