NorthShore University HealthSystem, including Swedish Hospital and Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH), today announced it has awarded $2.6 million to distribute to seven organizations in Lake and Cook counties through its Community Investment Fund . As part of their recently completed merger, NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst Health have each committed $100 million to their respective communities, for a combined total of $200 million. These funds will generate millions of dollars each year to improve health and well-being, advance health equity and support local economic growth. Edward-Elmhurst Health plans to solicit proposals and announce winners in the coming months.
“These relationships will go far beyond funding. Our goal is to be a true catalyst for change – putting our talents, unique abilities and resources to work by collaborating with like-minded local organizations to benefit our communities. communities,” said JP Gallagher, NorthShore Edward Elmhurst Health President and CEO. “Through an intentional model focused on impact, results, engagement and partnership, we are redoubling our focus on what vibrant, community-connected care looks like. The more we connect and invest in our communities, the better off we all become. We’re just getting started and the potential is huge.”
Community organizations were selected based on their alignment with current NorthShore Community Investment Fund goals, including health equity, social determinants of health, and community economic security. NorthShore’s premier partner organizations are all working to meet priority needs including mental health services for the underserved, support for survivors of domestic violence, economic and career development, support for the insecure food and awareness of mobile services. Partner organizations include:
• Rosalind Franklin University’s Community Care Connection ($682,000): expand mobile medical services throughout Lake County that aim to improve health equity and better long-term health outcomes in communities underserved communities in Lake County through improved health literacy and access to important health services.
• Highwood Public Library and Community Center ($578,000): Provides bilingual preventative health and mental health education, case management and counseling to underserved families in Lake County.
• The AUX ($500,000): Support the creation of a brand new center for start-ups and small businesses focused on holistic wellness, uplifting Black entrepreneurs and driving local job creation in Evanston .
• Between Friends ($300,000): Expand domestic violence support and education programs aimed at ending the cycle of violence in our communities, including a 24-hour helpline and counseling services .
• ASPIRE Community Healthcare Workforce Development Program ($200,000): Support the City of Evanston’s launch of a new workforce development partnership that creates a pipeline for students and young adults in Evanston and surrounding communities to explore health careers. Working with community partners, the program aims to provide a wide range of opportunities, including early exposure to healthcare roles, job shadowing, internships, financial support, certification programs and Moreover. To amplify and accelerate these efforts, the City of Evanston matched NorthShore’s contribution from its American Rescue Plan Act funds ($200,000), which was then matched with a generous gift from the Finnegan Family Foundation ( $200,000).
• The Friendship Center ($200,000): Supporting food-insecure populations through improved facilities to create a flexible and less stigmatized food pantry, increased mobile outreach and better connection to resources for Chicago’s northwest neighbors in need.
• Partners for Our Communities ($116,300): Support increased access to a variety of community resources in the northwest suburbs for immigrant populations and low-income residents.
Community Investment Funds will be based on an established and lasting commitment to the community. Together, in the past five years alone, NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst Health have provided more than $2 billion to communities in the service area. During this time, NorthShore, NCH and Swedish Hospital have provided more than $1 billion in charitable care, subsidized health services, educational programs and local health and wellness initiatives. NCH and Swedish Hospital offer robust programs addressing food insecurity, interpersonal violence, access to care, and mental well-being.
To learn more about the NorthShore Community Investment Fund and its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, visit northshore.org/diversity-inclusion.