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CMAP Human and Community Development Committee

On January 12, 2011 the CMAP Board approved changes to CMAP's committee structure to aid the implementation of GO TO 2040. As a result, the Human Services committee will now be known as the Human and Community Development committee. Please update your bookmarks and information as needed.


The CMAP Human and Community Development Committee seeks to create a safe, healthy, vibrant, diverse and inclusive region where all residents contribute to the region's growth and have equal access to the region's assets, including, but not limited to clean air, water and energy; quality healthcare, housing, transportation, jobs, education, nature preserves and recreational opportunities; nutritious food, the arts and cultural amenities. The benefits and burdens caused by the region's investments and policies will be fairly distributed to all parts of the region and among all residents, regardless of age, gender, income, race, ethnicity, culture, language, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or disability status. Decisions affecting community residents will be made with a high degree of collaborative leadership and public participation, with special emphasis on disenfranchised populations.

Committee Charge

The charge to the CMAP human and community development committee is to provide advisory input to CMAP staff and the CMAP Board to ensure that the implementation of GO TO 2040 facilitates the achievement of the committee vision and encourages public participation, especially from vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, low income communities, people of color, and older residents.

Near-Term Initiatives of the Committee:

  • Provide input on Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program project identification.
  • Provide input to assist in scoping specific LTA projects.
  • Improve and coordinate, where possible, regional human and community development activities.

Committee Makeup




Gina Massuda Barnett

Cook County Department of Public Health

Jennifer Becker

Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors

Chrissy Carlson

Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium

Sheri Cohen (co-chairwoman)

Chicago Department of Public Health

Eira Corral

Village of Hanover Park

Michael Davidson (co-chairman)

Chicago Community Trust

Fluturi Demirovski

Regional Transportation Authority

Laurie Dittman

Mayors Office for People with Disabilities, City of Chicago

Wesley Epplin

Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

Kendra Freeman

Metropolitan Planning Council

Marla Fronczak

Northeastern Illinois Area on Aging

Judith Gethner

Illinois Partners for Human Service

Joanna Greene

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Jacky Grimshaw

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Eden Hurd


Mary Keating

DuPage County

Tiffany McDowell

Chicagoland Equity Network

Kirsten Peachey

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation

Greg Polman

Chicago Lighthouse

Enrique Salgado, Jr.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc./Harmony

Laura Schneider

Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center

Raj Shah, MD

Rush Medical Center / Center for Community Health Equity

Janna Simon

Illinois Public Health Institute

Dominic Tocci

Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

William Towns

Benefit Chicago


2016 Meeting Calendar

The committee is scheduled to meet next on November 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Visit the Community Development section for resources and related activities.


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