RCC’s Heroin Prevention Program featured in Congressional testimony

Rush University researcher praises program during testimony before U.S. House Subcommittee on Research and Technology

Rush University Medical Center’s Celeste Napier, Ph. D., highlighted the Robert Crown Center for Health Education’s (RCC) Heroin Prevention Program during testimony September 18th before a U.S. House Subcommittee.

Discover something new on Columbus Day at the Robert Crown Center for health education

Families and community groups invited to spend part of the school holiday exploring at RCC

On October 14, 2013, youth groups, scouts and families are invited to spend part of their Columbus Day figuring out how their bodies work and how to keep them safe and strong at the Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC). Families and community groups may make a reservation for any RCC program on the school holiday, and either visit RCC’s Hinsdale or Homan Square Centers, or arrange for an RCC educator to teach a program on an outreach basis at the group’s chosen location.

“This Columbus Day we’re thrilled to welcome students and families to our centers and to explore our prevention education programs,” said Kathleen M. Burke, CEO of the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. She continued, “We believe inviting the community to ‘discover something new with RCC’ delivers on our commitment to provide the latest health education in the eight Chicagoland counties we serve. We often receive requests from groups who want to visit our Centers or arrange a program outside of school hours, so we hope many area learners can take advantage of this opportunity.”

Groups wishing to attend an RCC program or host an RCC educator at their location must make a reservation in advance. Regular class fees apply. All classes taught at RCC’s Homan Square facility in Chicago are provided free. Learn more about our programs.

Each year, RCC educators teach more than 80,000 students about puberty and reproduction, general health, obesity prevention and substance abuse prevention. For more information or to make a reservation, group leaders may call (630) 325-1900.

RCC Welcomes Teachers and School Staff at Open House

Teachers, administrators and school staff are invited to a wine and cheese reception while exploring programs offered by the Robert Crown Center for Health Education on Tuesday, September 24th from 4 to 7 p.m. Attendees can preview RCC programs, meet our staff and learn more about professional development opportunities. Teachers receive Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU’s) for attending the Open House and can also register their own classes for RCC programs onsite.

To learn more about our program offerings click here.

For more information contact Special Event Coordinator, Barb Thayer, or Director of Education and Evaluation, Margo Schmitt, or call 630.325.1900.

Dimes Make a Difference

Mark your calendars, make your grocery lists and grab a bag on your way out the door! At Whole Foods Market, shoppers who bring their own bags are rewarded when the Market donates a dime per bag to a community non-profit organization. From July 1st through September 30th, 2013 Whole Foods Market Hinsdale will generously donate the 10¢ per bag refund to the Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC).

"We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Whole Foods Market Hinsdale for this initiative," said Kathleen M. Burke, CEO of the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. She continued, "We hope that families stocking up for the beginning of school, or restocking groceries after a vacation will keep this RCC-Whole Foods promotion in mind, bring their bags along and know they are doing their part to support health education in their community."

Each year RCC educators teach more than 80,000 students about puberty and reproduction, general health, obesity prevention and substance abuse prevention. Community participation and Whole Foods' "One Dime at a Time" donation make it possible for RCC to reach a growing number of schools and groups from eight Chicago-area counties. This promotion takes place only at the Whole Foods Market in Hinsdale.

30th Annual Golf Invitational Honors John Zaremba

WMAQ's Rob Stafford to serve as "celebrity starter"

The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC) celebrates 30 years of teeing it up for Chicago area students with its annual Golf Invitational on Monday, June 3rd at the Hinsdale Golf Club. This year’s event honors former RCC President, John Zaremba, who led the Center for more than 20 years and organized the first golf outing in 1983.

“We are thrilled to have John as our special guest at this year’s invitational. He is such an important part of the Robert Crown Center’s legacy of prevention education in the community, as well as the success of our largest fundraiser,” said RCC CEO Kathleen M. Burke. She continued, “John was an important part of our community and I wanted to honor all the work he did to grow the center and this golf outing. This is a great opportunity for our past champions and volunteers to catch up with him and celebrate this important milestone for RCC.” The event begins with a luncheon, and WMAQ news anchor Rob Stafford will serve as celebrity starter for the event. Golfers will tee it up for 18 holes of fun and friendship, trying their luck at contests such as “closest to the pin in one shot,” “longest drive,” and “longest putt.” Non-golfers are invited to join the group that evening for cocktails, dinner and dancing. Several items will be auctioned off including invitations to the Lexus Champions for Charity Pro/Am tournament in Pebble Beach, California, and to play at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, IL.

Burke stressed the importance of the outing as RCC’s largest fundraiser. Fees charged to school groups attending RCC programs only cover about 25% of the Center’s costs. Money raised through the Golf Invitational helps the Center bridge the gap and support RCC’s prevention education initiatives. To learn more or register visit