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The Teen Health Council is a group of Chicago youth (age 16-18) that conducts research and creates action plans to improve the physical, mental, and sexual health of the city’s youth. They learn from and propose policy recommendations to both the Chicago Department of Public Health and the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness; explore careers within the realm of public health, and partner with Lurie Children’s Center on Childhood Resilience to inform their peers about the impact of stress and trauma on mental and physical wellbeing. In 2020-21, THC worked with Lurie to become certified ethical researchers and conduct research to document how COVID-19 has impacted the mental health of Chicago youth.
Throughout the summer, Mikva Challenge youth policymakers identified the most pressing issues and inequities currently affecting Chicago youth. At a town hall event, they presented their policy recommendations and identifying ways to take action to turn their vision for our city into a reality. Read the Teen Health Council’s full set of 2021 recommendations.
We simply could not have so much impact on the ground with kids without the work of the Mikva Teen Health Council.