NorthShore Accepts Community Investment Fund Proposals – Shaw Local

EVANSTON – NorthShore University HealthSystem, including Swedish Hospital and Northwest Community Healthcare, is accepting applications for its second round of Community Investment Fund partnerships.

NorthShore plans to distribute up to $4 million to local partners who promote health equity and community health, well-being and economic security. Selected programs will help address three key community health needs: access to health care and health care coordination; access to behavioral health care; and chronic disease prevention and management.

As part of NorthShore’s merger with Edward-Elmhurst Health, each has committed $100 million for a total of $200 million in core funding, which will generate millions of dollars annually to support their communities. Earlier this year, NorthShore announced its first seven recipients, with prizes totaling $2.6 million, to help address priority needs, including mental health services for the underserved, survivors’ aid domestic violence, economic and professional development, support for people suffering from food insecurity and mobile outreach services. Edward-Elmhurst Health expects to announce its first recipients this summer.

“We are already learning a lot from our partners about how NorthShore, Swedish and NCH can support them – and how they can help each other meet the needs of our communities,” said Gabrielle Cummings, President, Legacy NorthShore Acute Care Operations and Highland Park Hospital. “It’s still early days and the programs are in various stages of operation, but we’re extremely excited to leverage the momentum, energy and passion of this brain trust.”

Through an intentional model of partnership, active engagement and impact, NorthShore’s first CIF partners are already making great strides. Activities include hiring team members and acquiring technology to support new programming, finishing renovations of new spaces, developing and piloting services, and creating additional partnerships in the community for a greater great impact of the program.

Applications will be accepted until July 31. Fund recipients will be announced in January. To submit a proposal or learn more about the NorthShore Community Investment Fund, including eligibility criteria and award review, visit

Jill E. Washington