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Home COVID-19 Test Kits

-Do you need more information regarding the use of Home COVID-19 Test Kits? Visit the FDA site clicking here.

-Some test kits have an extended date of expiration. Click here to find out the FDA extended date of your test kit.  

The Chicago Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Mayor's Office, has committed more than $9 million to the  Healthy Chicago Equity Zones (HCEZ), a 4.5 year initiative that addresses the racial disparities that prevent many Chicago residents from being healthy. Breaking the city into six regions, the HCEZ collaborates with regional and community organizations to meet the particular needs of Chicago residents to increase their health and wellness outcomes. In the Southwest region, the Southwest Organizing Project is the regional lead. 

Click here to access the HCEZ Play Book

Healthy Southwest Community Leads

Led by the Southwest Organizing Project, Healthy Southwest is a collaboration between 8 local organizations to move this health equity work forward throughout the southwest side. The partner organizations include PODER, Esperanza Health Centers, Southwest Collective, Increase the Peace, The Resurrection Project, Metropolitan Family Services, Envision Community Services, and the Southwest Organizing Project. While the focus of the first year was to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake, the following 4 years will be dedicated to addressing six key issues across the region. The issue areas that the southwest region focuses on are Health, Education, Employment/Workforce Development, Safety and Immigration. 

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Public Health Ambassadors

Public Health Ambassadors, or PHAs, are community residents with a passion for public life and are the movers of the Healthy Southwest work. With over 40 PHAs across the southwest, they work on the ground outreaching in the community to connect residents to the information, resources, events, and opportunities they need to be healthy. Their work is more vital than ever as we work towards comprehensive wellness, while also building community and ensuring the voices of residents are heard.

Contact the Southwest Organizing Project, Regional Lead for the Southwest

Jessica Biggs

Healthy Southwest Director


Jasmine Serrano

Healthy Southwest Organizer - Chicago Lawn/Ashburn


Priyanka Reddy

Healthy Southwest Organizer - West Elsdon


Edy Dominguez-Quezadas

Healthy Southwest PHA Coordinator