Health

Increase access to high-quality comprehensive healthcare and supportive services

A child attends a check-up through Erie Family Health Center's Oral Health Program.

Health

Increase access to high-quality comprehensive healthcare and supportive services

We support programs that increase access to high-quality comprehensive healthcare and supportive services throughout the Chicagoland region

We believe all individuals and families have the right to quality medical care. All people deserve attention to physical, mental and emotional needs in order to live healthy lives. The Health portfolio includes access to quality care, preventative health programs, and support systems for communities experiencing health disparities.

The Health funding area prioritizes a continuum of care for clients, patients, and/or participants.

Access to Quality Healthcare

Organizations that provide free and low-cost healthcare services and resources, medical homes, federally qualified health centers, school-based health centers, free and charitable clinics, and mobile health services fall within this portfolio. Services tend to be comprehensive, with a philosophy that healthcare should be financially, culturally, and geographically accessible to all.

Prevention

This portfolio supports organizations that promote wellness and prevent chronic disease through health screenings, patient education, and training of peer health counselors or navigators. Violence prevention is also framed as a public-health concern. Programs that foster mentoring, job training, after-school programs, street intervention, safe community centers, and public education are supported in this portfolio.

Supportive Services

Priorities include mental and behavioral health organizations, especially those providing a continuum of care through an array of strategies, such as group and classroom counseling, trauma-informed care, and family therapy. Programs for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities also fall within this portfolio.