Northwestern Medicine Grant Initiative Directly Impacts Local Communities


Northwestern Medicine serves patients in more than 10,000 square miles of northern Illinois. To better meet the diverse needs of individual communities, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare launched a grant initiative to address disparities highlighted in local community health needs assessments.

This fundraising initiative, which is just one facet of Northwestern Medicine’s Community Giving Campaign, offered grants to local organizations supporting specific health and wellness projects. Northwestern Medicine has awarded more than $1.7 million to 49 organizations that provide a wide range of services including housing, nutritional needs, transportation, child care, mental health and primary care.

“Northwestern Medicine is committed to making our community as healthy as possible,” said Posh Charles, senior vice president of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. “This initiative, which is just one of the ways Northwestern Medicine is contributing to the community, enhances our ability to provide highly targeted support to partners addressing priority health issues in their respective regions.”

In fiscal year 2021, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare provided more than $1.14 billion in community benefits, including charitable care and out-of-pocket costs incurred to care for Medicaid and Medicare patients, train healthcare staff tomorrow, conducting medical research and other community benefits that help preserve access to care for the people of Chicago, its suburbs and northern Illinois.

Community grant recipients range in size and scope, from the YMCA of Metro Chicago to the Oak Forest chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization that provides fully furnished twin beds for children who sleep on the floor, sofas and other situations without beds.

West Suburb agencies that have received grants include:

• Aurora Pantry

• Mutual ground

• Tri-City Partnership for Health

• VNA health care


• 360 youth services

• DuPage Habitat for Humanity

• DuPagePads

• Northern Illinois Food Bank

• Resource center for people

• SamaraCare

• Easter stamps

• Ray Graham Association for the Disabled

“Our goal is to collaborate and support local agencies to address health care disparities across all socioeconomic backgrounds,” Charles said. “We searched for organizations that are making a difference by breaking down barriers to better health.”

The grant for DuPagePads will support the health and housing stability of clients at the new interim housing facility which currently serves more than 100 children and 150 adults daily.

“DuPagePads is extremely grateful for this donation from Northwestern Medicine which will help us continue to provide our clients with 24-hour access to centralized emergency housing, intensive support to improve health and well-being, and help to overcome barriers to stability that are reinforced by poverty and poor health,” said Chad Pedigo, Vice President of Development, DuPagePads. “Necessary support like this generous grant helps serve all of our neighbors in need. , making our community a stronger and healthier place for all of us.”

People’s Resource Center, will use the funds to improve the lives of all DuPage County residents, especially those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, through access to basic human needs, educational resources, and connections and referrals to other services.

“Thousands of families in DuPage County who are still feeling the effects of the pandemic are seeing their budgets squeezed with inflation,” said Jenifer Fabian, executive director of the People’s Resource Center. “This grant from Northwestern Medicine will make their lives a little less stressful. It will provide more than 1,000 grocery carts full of nutritious and culturally favorite items to local families so they have what they need to lead a healthy life. active and healthy.

In addition to grant funding, as part of Northwestern Medicine’s Team NM initiative, Northwestern Medicine employees create healthier communities through volunteer service and thoughtful action. NM Team volunteers weed and water Aurora Food Pantry’s essential garden, help sort and label food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, collect coats for Chicago Neighborhood Housing Services , assemble beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and assemble heart-healthy care packages. for patients of the Tri-City Health Partnership.

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