Family Health Checkup:
A Webinar Series to Keep Your Family Physically, Financially and Mentally Healthy During Challenging Times
The Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information Center and Family Voices
Choose one or attend all 4! Each night's webinar will be held 6:30 - 7:45 pm.
Wednesday, September 9th - Medicaid: News You Can Use
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Thursday, September 10th - Family Finances & Private Insurance
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Thursday, September 17th - Evaluation & Census
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23rd - Self-Care & Mental Health
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
About the Presenters
Stephanie Altman Stephanie Altman directs the Shriver Center’s work to uncover systemic inequities and create new pathways for opportunity through legislation and system changes. She also directs the organization’s healthcare advocacy, representing clients in individual and class actions related to healthcare equity and advocating for accessible healthcare through administrative and legislative forums. Prior to working at the Shriver Center, she was the Programs and Policy Director at Health & Disability Advocates. Stephanie was also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and worked as an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation. Stephanie was formerly on the board of and is the past Chair of Telligen, and was appointed to the National Quality Forum MAP Medicaid Child Task Force. She is also the past Chair of the Legal Aid Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. She was also on the Illinois Affordable Care Act Navigator Training Team and the Illinois Older Adult Services Advisory Committee. Stephanie earned her law degree from Loyola University School of Law and a B.A. from Grinnell College. She received the 2011 Loretta Lacey Child Health Advocacy Award, the Esther R. Rothstein Award in 2010 from the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, and the Child Health Advocates Award in 2005 from the American Academy of Pediatrics. She was named a Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist in 2006 by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Kristin Hartsaw, MPH, MCHES is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform. In this role, she conducts training on a variety of topics including Navigating Public Benefits, the Influence of Culture, Mental Health First Aid, and more. She has provided enrollment assistance to families applying for health coverage and served on the State of Illinois training team to deliver Health Insurance Navigator/Assister training. In addition to her work with the DuPage Federation, Ms. Hartsaw is an adjunct faculty member with the MPH Program at Benedictine University.
Jose Mendez a Benefits Advisor in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). Mr. Mendez began his career with EBSA in 2010. Since then, he has assisted thousands of participants, beneficiaries, and benefit plan fiduciaries understand their rights and duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), ACA, COBRA, HIPAA which are the laws that protects the benefits of workers and retirees in private-sector pension and welfare plans. He also serves as the agency’s liaison for several U.S Congressional Offices in Illinois. Mr. Mendez has a B.S. in Finance from Northeastern Illinois University.
Rose Slaght has worked in the Disability field for the past 25 years, in different capacities, but always bringing the Family perspective to Professionals, and the Professional perspective to Families. Rose also has extensive experience (over 53 years combined) in parenting her 2 adult sons, who have multiple sensory and developmental disabilities. Rose has been a direct service provider to children who are blind, visually impaired, have Autism, deafblindness, and have mental health needs, as well as physical disabilities for 27 years, in various capacities. She strives to implement best practices in Early Education as well as adult services to all persons who qualify. Rose guides and encourages Families to become their own case managers, build their skills and abilities to transform their loved ones lives, to improve quality and opportunity, and build the capacity of communities that can support these people
Leonor Vanik, Ph.D. is a sibling, to Maria who is an artist at Arts of Life, and a Latinx disability rights advocate at the local, national and international level. Leonor is an evaluation management consultant and researcher focusing on the social production of disability and marginalized spaces in the built environment and is currently working on disaster disability mitigation and culturally competent engagement. She has extensive experience working with non-profits, government, and foundations, and is the co-editor of the [forthcoming] Latinx Disability Reader.
Teresa Villalobos is the Credit Union Manager at Unified Homeowners of IL Federal Credit Union and one of its founders since 2003. She is a Certified Financial Counselor via CUNA since 2018. Her previous work was at Metropolitan Family Services were she worked for 12 years and was the Program Director of the Financial Literacy Initiatives. She has worked one on one with individuals and couples as well as on a bigger scale with families, groups and some media as well. She is also a successful entrepreneur in her own direct sales business at The Cocoa Exchange, for the last 6 years.
Scholarships and Family Stipends - Please apply for a stipend before registering
We have two options for family/self-advocate stipends for this event. (Stipends are not available for professionals receiving CEUs).