The Council helped distribute 1,200 Sesame Street children’s books during Sinai Chicago’s Halloween/Dia de los Muertos Party on Friday, October 27.
The party for youth who receive services at Under the Rainbow included food, games, crafts, performances, and trick-or-treating throughout the hospital.
The free books were courtesy of the Council on Black Health (CBH) in partnership with Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street. Each child received at least one of the following bilingual books:
- Healthy and Strong, All Day Long
- Hooray for Healthy Teams
- Rosita’s Favorite
- Visiting the Doctor Activity Book
Also courtesy of the CBH-SSIC partnership: A new, kid-friendly space in the Under the Rainbow waiting room. The Sesame Street Comfy-Cozy Space includes wall decals, a bookshelf, a table and chairs, plush toys, games, and books.
“Our annual Halloween/Dia De Los Muertos party is an important event for our families that reduces stigma around mental health services and creates a sense of community in a fun, safe, and supportive environment,” said Greg Stasko, Program Manager at Under The Rainbow. “We are very excited to partner with the Council on Black Health and Sesame Street to distribute books to the children at Under the Rainbow addressing issues of health equity.”
“We support whole-child wellness,” said Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover, Executive Director, Council on Black Health. “It’s wonderful working with Sesame Street to help children and families learn the types of healthy habits we all need to stay well.”