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The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected the neighborhoods of Proviso Township, especially Maywood, Bellwood, and Melrose Park. In partnership with the COVID Equity Response Collaborative, we are compiling personal stories from community members and health care workers, or anyone who has been directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19.​

Our Goal

We want to utilize the power of personal stories to highlight the health inequities within our communities and to pressure our legislators and community representatives to advocate for social justice. We are hopeful that these stories will increase the testing capacity of COVID-19 for emergency responsiveness equity and bring much needed awareness to the communities we serve.

Have you or anyone you know been infected with the virus? Are you a frontline health worker? An essential worker? A community member worried about the pandemic?

We want to hear your story. Your story is powerful. Your story can promote change. Interviews can be conducted in English or Spanish via written text, phone, or video, depending on your preference. Download our flyer to share with others - or download our spanish flyer.

Please circulate this survey with your family, neighbors, and within your employment network. In order to meaningfully advocate for change, we need to hear from YOU. Through sharing your story, YOU become a part of the solution. Together, we can build a better, more equitable community. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Who We Are

The COVID Equity Response Collaborative: Loyola (CERCL) is a team of public health, medicine, nursing, law and social work students and professionals that is working in partnership with community leaders and public health officials to minimize the harm from COVID to at-risk populations in the Chicagoland areas.

In collaboration with CERCL, LUPHA is a dedicated group of medical and public health graduate students within the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health. This past year, we created the Loyola University Public Health Association (LUPHA)​, an organization aimed at building public health awareness, advocating for social justice, and empowering change within our local community. We are currently working on an advocacy project for COVID-19 awareness.

How You Can Help

How You Can Help

To those in the front lines, we would like to​ thank you for your hard work in keeping our community as safe and healthy as possible. We want to hear your story. We want to learn from your expertise. We want to share your perspectives.

To any local media outlets, we need your help​ to get these stories told. Our community members’ voices need to be heard. They deserve an audience who will critically listen, who will challenge the status quo, and who will further spread the word. Help us make this possible. If you have a relationship with the media, please contact us.

If you live or work in one of the villages listed below​ ​and would like to share how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted your life or someone you know, please fill out this short interest form​​. You can either directly share your story or leave contact information, and we will contact you to set up an interview.

  • Bellwood
  • Broadview
  • Berkeley
  • Brookfield
  • Cicero
  • Forest Park
  • Hillside
  • LaGrange Park
  • Maywood
  • Melrose Park
  • North Riverside
  • Northlake
  • Stone Park
  • Western Springs
  • Westchester

Interviewee Interest Form Available in English or Spanish

Interviews are available in English or Spanish.

If you are interested in speaking with us, or sharing your story, please fill out this Google Form.

Once we have your contact information, you will be contacted for an interview in the desired format. There is also an option for anonymous story sharing.

Read the stories of those impacted by coronvirus.

Por Favor, No Dejas que mi Hermana Muera”: A Doctor’s Perspective on COVID-19. Read More.


Finding resilience and strength from her community during COVID-19. Read More.


*Reminder - By submitting your story to us, you are giving LUPHA and LUC permission to share it  on our website, social media channels, and with media outlets either anonymously or by name, depending on your preference.