Access to Care (ATC) is a non-profit primary health care program for low-income, uninsured and under insured individuals living in suburban Cook County, Illinois and northwest Chicago (north of North Avenue and west of Pulaski Road). The Suburban Primary Health Care Council (SPHCC) developed the Access to Care program in December 1988 to deliver a system of primary care for the medically indigent in suburban Cook County.
The institution welcomes all residents in its geographical area regardless of their race, age, religion, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, and immigration status.
Founded in 1943, the Hektoen Institute of Medicine is one of the largest medical nonprofit organizations in Chicago. For more than 60 years, it has promoted medical education and research in order to extend the boundaries of knowledge and improve the care of the sick. Hektoen helps investigators locate funding for research and healthcare programs by assisting with grant writing/management, accounting, reporting and personnel management. Hektoen manages a diverse grant portfolio for various disease states, public health initiatives, clinical research and community health. In response to the changing healthcare landscape, including the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Hektoen has expanded its data management, compliance, and patient-centered research efforts to better serve its clients. Its other activities include operating the Hektoen International medical humanities journal and supporting the Nurses & the Humanities Program and the Center for the Collaborative Study of Trauma, Health Equity and Neurobiology (THEN). It is also engaged in ways to find resources for free, volunteer health clinics in the Chicago metropolitan area.
The IAFCC was formed to help strengthen and grow Illinois’ free and charitable clinics – without whom over 100,000 patients would otherwise have no access to quality healthcare. The IAFCC helps free and charitable clinics move effectively into the future; connects patients with clinics; and helps many stakeholder organizations who wish to work with or help clinics. The IAFCC is also a member of The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC). The association’s mission is to improve access to quality healthcare for low-income individuals who are uninsured or under-insured by:
- Strengthening free and charitable clinics
- Fostering partnerships
- Educating the public about free and charitable clinics and
- Advocating for health policy
The IMD is a special-use, 560-acre district two miles west of the Chicago “Loop” that generates $3.4 billion in economic impact. It is the work site for:
- Four major hospitals;
- Two universities;
- Medical research facilities, labs and a biotechnology business incubator;
- 40+ health care related facilities;
- 29,000 employees; and
- 50,000 daily visitors.
Governed by seven appointed commissioners, the IMD focuses on expanding innovation in healthcare, medical science, information technology, biotechnology, medical devices, clean technology and supportive assisted living. It’s current priorities are:
- Infrastructure & Economic Development;
- Community Health;
- Translational Research and
- Clinical Data.
Founded in 1915, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) began as a physician focused group that has evolved into an independent organization of distinguished leaders in the health field who collaborate to improve public health. Drawing upon the expertise of a diverse membership and other regional leaders, the IOMC addresses critical health issues through a range of interdisciplinary approaches including education, research, communication of trusted information, and community engagement. Projects over the years have ranged from issues of licensure, the role of the autopsy, patient safety, professionalism, and most recently eliminating health disparities and development of community health workers.
Headquartered in Chicago, the Lead Abatement Resource Center (LARC Foundation) was founded in 2014 to focus on the remediation of soil-based lead. The Foundation is dedicated to ending childhood lead poisoning stemming from contaminated soil. Today it is engaged in evaluating, inventing, implementing, advocating, educating and researching for effective solutions to all types of lead hazards in the environment through cooperative partnerships with community groups, government agencies, businesses and individuals.
The foundation began in 1991 when Humana purchased the Michael Reese Hospital (MRH). It took on the role of the former’s not-for-profit research center. It accepted and administrated National Institute of Health funds for research projects, provided funds to supplement educational expenses for the house staff and found and managed funds for MRH community programs, including HIV Care and Women’s Health. The foundation perseveres in doing the work of MRH by taking action on the same fronts for which the hospital became internationally known:
- Development of effective treatments through research;
- Expansion of available high quality practitioners through education; and
- Care of the under-served through local free clinics.
The mission of the Portes Foundation is to improve health through research, education and clinical programs in health maintenance and disease prevention. The Portes Foundation dates back seventy years. As a grant making foundation, the Portes Foundation remains true to its origins by making annual “seed money” grants for medical research and education in the areas of health maintenance and disease prevention with a particular focus on enabling investigators to launch new and promising lines of research.
The Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) enhances the capacity of public health and health care systems in Illinois to promote health equity and expand access to services. Through organizational development, system transformation, fiscal management, and program implementation, PHIMC leads efforts to strengthen public health infrastructure in Illinois. PHIMC partners with public health departments and other government agencies, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, academia, grant-making institutions and health care providers and associations.
The Trauma, Health Equity, and Neurobiology (THEN) Center of Excellence promotes collaborative, interdisciplinary learning, innovation, clinical and basic science research and develops and disseminates model curricula for medical and health professional training. The THEN Center’s vision is to create a multidisciplinary community by 2025 that will design curricula of academic medicine and related health science training programs to include core concepts about childhood adversity, neurodevelopment, lifelong health and health equity, as well as strategies for prevention, mitigation and treatment of consequences of trauma.
West Side United (WSU) is a collaborative effort of people and organizations who work, live and congregate on Chicago’s West Side to make their neighborhoods stronger, healthier and more vibrant places to live. Its mission is to build community health and economic wellness on Chicago’s West Side and build healthy, vibrant neighborhoods. It fulfills that mission by seeking to improve neighborhood health by addressing inequality in healthcare, education, economic vitality and the physical environment using a cross-sector, place-based strategy.