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Our Funding Area

As a health-conversion foundation, we fund a geographic region defined by the service area of MacNeal Hospital, from which we received our endowment in 2000. We also allocate the majority of funds to zip codes that rank lowest in our social determinants of health study. In total, our service area is comprised of 27 zip codes in western Cook County suburbs and the City of Chicago.

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HCF Furniture Giveaway!

WE’RE MOVING OUT (temporarily)! Our office will be under construction for the next few months and, as a result, we’ll need to move out of our space. With that said, we will have several pieces of furniture available to give away to organizations that may need them. Please see below


Proviso Partners for Health Members at Upswell Chicago

In early November, Healthy Communities Foundation sponsored two members of Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H) as Fellows at Upswell Chicago, a three-day convening that gathered changemakers from all over the United States to share ideas and solution-based approaches to issues our communities face each day. Our two Fellows, Deniene Willis,


Stay Informed On Public Charge

The public charge rule change was published in the Federal Register by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on October 10, 2018. This rule threatens the health and the well-being of our immigrant communities. Individuals and their families will be placed in an inconceivable position to choose between accessing necessary

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“Access to health is not a top priority for individuals experiencing homelessness. They’re worried about how to get to our shelter, who they’re going to sleep next to. We work w/health systems & other orgs to address health needs” Lynda Schueler, @HousingForward #MakingAnImpact https://t.co/3z44eZFnOw hcfdn2 photo
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“We can address social and health needs despite lack of resources with thoughtful strategy and good partnerships.” Mary Sajdak, COO Integrated Care Svs @CookCtyHealth Research and Innovation Summit #MakinganImpact
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“Poverty is not an urban problem. Poverty is one of our main exports of Chicago. We need to include the suburban areas in our #equity conversations” Dr. Layla Suleiman Gonzalez @CookCtyHealth Research & Innovation Summit #healthequity https://t.co/Ao8xtNrZJ1 hcfdn2 photo
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“Diversity and inclusion does not equal equity” - Dr. Aletha Maybank from @AmerMedicalAssn @CookCtyHealth’s Research & Innovation Summit #healthequity https://t.co/i5qm9UUF7b hcfdn2 photo
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Our office is under construction & it is opening up many possibilities! 𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 & we're excited to also offer a space for our #community to use. Keep an eye out for updates as the construction progresses! #HCFOntheMove https://t.co/IywwBxCLB3 hcfdn2 photo
3 days ago
Mayor Lightfoot & Chicago Dept of Planning & Dev announced new biz dev grants up to $250K from @ChicagoNOF to help small biz, entrepreneurs improve properties along under-invested commercial corridors. Funding priority on W/SW/S Sides. Apps due 2/29. https://t.co/DaZ1Nv9B8o
Healthy Communities Foundation
Healthy Communities Foundation2 days ago
Our office is under construction and, as you can see, it is opening up many possibilities! We're excited, not just to return to our home base, but also to offer a space for our community and partners to use.

We surveyed our grantee partners soon after our Strategic Plan was put into place and asked what type of assistance beyond the grant award organizations would be interested in receiving. One of the most popular responses we heard was a space to conduct meetings and other types of gatherings. 𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 and are excited to build out a place where our partners and broader community can use.

Keep an eye out for updates as the construction progresses!
Healthy Communities Foundation
Healthy Communities Foundation3 days ago
Chicago Mayor's Office, City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development and other community members announced $10 million in new business development grants provided by the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) program. NOF grants up to $250,000 to help small businesses, entrepreneurs and other organizations improve properties along under-invested commercial corridors. Funding priority is set for businesses located on the West, Southwest and South Sides of the city. Apps deadline is 2/29. http://bit.ly/2wcpSTc
Healthy Communities Foundation
Healthy Communities Foundation4 days ago
Leadership development opportunity for physicians!

While many physicians are good at "getting things done", few have had formal leadership training around how to effectively motivate a team, particularly through the turbulent waters of a community mental health system. Register for the 2/24 webinar sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health and learn more. http://bit.ly/2Hi0Fch

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