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Advancing Policy that Takes Us Closer to a More Equitable Illinois

With the New Year in our rear view mirror it is time to set our sights on the Illinois General Assembly, which returns to session this month.  Heartland Alliance’s policy team is in the process of finalizing its legislative agenda (Stay tuned! Until then, see our 2017 accomplishments). From advancing bills that address the needs of survivors of human trafficking to those that help keep people from going hungry, Heartland Alliance will be working to advance policies that take us steps closer to a more equitable state.

Read more about our goals for 2018 and sign up for our action alerts today to stay informed, involved and take action!

Fostering Opportunity and Action through Research in 2018

Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center team is looking forward to taking on a number of projects that will influence how Heartland Alliance, along with our research clients and partners, continues the fight for opportunity. From equity in arts to building data systems, see what our researchers will be working on in 2018. 

katie buitrago photoKatie Buitrago, Director of the Social IMPACT Research Center

“I'm excited this spring to wrap up an evaluation that IMPACT has been working on for five years! We are studying the impact that a new data system implemented by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership has on workforce development providers throughout Cook County. We're interested in figuring out whether the data system helps workforce providers learn from their data and become more effective at helping jobseekers.”

Click here to read more from our team.

New Report: Using SNAP E&T to Advance Economic Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers

Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity has released its newest report, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training: A funding source for jobseekers experiencing homelessness or housing instability. This report is intended to help community-based organizations that serve homeless jobseekers determine whether SNAP E&T funding is a good fit for their organization, and advocate for increased access to SNAP E&T resources for homeless jobseekers.

Heartland Alliance Research & Policy Welcomes Callie & Graciela

GracielaHeadshotGraciela Guzman is the new Coalition Manager for Protect Our Care Illinois (POCIL). Graciela is deeply committed to a fair and just health care system. In this role as Coalition Manager, Graciela’s primary focus is defending and building upon the expansion of health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid through leadership and support to POCIL’s diverse statewide coalition. Graciela’s passion for healthcare is derived from her experiences with her family and within the trenches of healthcare, helping the community access services. Click here to learn more about Graciela and her work.


CallieheadshotWe are also happy to welcome Kathryn (Callie) Kaplan, MPH. Callie is the newest Senior Research Associate at the Social IMPACT Research Center. Callie’s project areas include mental health and substance use among homeless youth and working with local organizations to conduct Social Return on Investment (SROI) analyses. Over the past 10 years, Callie has worked on public health programs, research projects and advocacy initiatives both internationally and domestically, with a specific focus on marginalized youth, sexual and reproductive health justice and gender-based violence (GBV). Click here to read more about Callie and her work.



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