NorthShore Accepts Community Investment Fund Proposals

NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), including Swedish (Swedish) Hospital and Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH), is accepting applications for its second round of Community Investment Fund (CIF) 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 meet three key community health needs: access to health care and coordination of health care; 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 funds, 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 food insecure people 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. Additional updates on current partners and programs are available at NorthShore.org/CIF.

Applications will be accepted Monday, June 6 through Sunday, July 31, 2022. Fund recipients will be announced in January 2023. To submit a proposal or learn more about the NorthShore Community Investment Fund, including eligibility criteria and evaluation, please visit NorthShore.org/CIF.

Jill E. Washington