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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The leading type of cancer in Illinois is breast cancer in women across all racial and ethnic groups and is the second leading cause of death for women. National research shows racial disparities in diagnosis and survival rates, especially among low-income communities that lack access to health services. Locally, this
October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background. Victims and survivors may suffer from high rates of anxiety, depression and chronic diseases. Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to have health issues or be at risk of injury or death. But

Gov. Pritzker Appoints HCF President to Census Advisory Panel

Our President, Maria S. Pesqueira, was appointed by Governor Pritzker to the new Census Advisory Panel as part of IL’s comprehensive 2020 Census effort. On June 20, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order that confirms the State’s comprehensive 2020 Census effort for an accurate count across all
Our 2019 Grant Cycle

Info Regarding Our 2019 Grant Cycle

Our 2019 Grant Cycle begins on May 15th! We are excited to announce that our 2019 Grant Cycle will begin on May 15th! Our grant guidelines will be released early next week but we wanted to provide some initial information regarding this year’s grant cycle. This year, we will introduce

HCF Featured in Grantmakers in Health’s “Grantmaker Focus”

“Our goal is to ensure that every resident in our service area has the resources and opportunities to live a full healthy and happy life, regardless of income, where they live or their racial and ethnic background.” – Maria S. Pesqueira, President of HCF We are thrilled to be highlighted

2018 Community Health Worker Pilot Grant Recipients

Local Foundations Partner to Fund West Suburban Community Health Workers Community Memorial Foundation and Healthy Communities Foundation award more than half a million dollars to increase connection to health and human service resources throughout the Western Suburbs   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   January 22, 2018 Community Memorial Foundation and Healthy

Healthy Communities Foundation Announces 2018 Grant Awards

Riverside, IL– The Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF) announced today 69 grant awards totaling $4,187,000 in general operating support funds for organizations that serve its 27-zip code region located in the central-west portion of Cook County, Illinois. HCF received 144 grant applications during the past grant cycle application period. “Our 2018
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Maria Pesqueira Recognized as one of Chicago’s Top 24 Latina Leaders in Philanthropy and Government

Our President, Maria Pesqueira, was recognized by Make it Better as one of Chicago’s Top 24 Latina leaders in Philanthropy and Government. Congratulations and thank you for your leadership!

HCF Statement on Public Charge

Riverside, IL – The Healthy Communities Foundation released the following statement from President Maria Pesqueira on the public charge rule change published today by the Department of Homeland Security. “The Department of Homeland Security has published the change to the public charge rule in the Federal Register. This rule change

HCF Statement on Public Charge

Riverside, IL – The Healthy Communities Foundation released the following statement from President Maria Pesqueira on the public charge rule change published today by the Department of Homeland Security. “The Department of Homeland Security has published the change to the public charge rule in the Federal Register. This rule change

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Where You Live Influences Your Health Infographic

Where You Live Influences Your Health

To prepare our community- and data-informed Strategic Plan, we commissioned local research of our region earlier this year to better understand its demographics and overall state of health. Before the research was conducted, we knew that health disparities existed between communities but the research results were nonetheless striking and confirmed

REFLECTIONS FROM “FACING RACE”

Tina Ramirez Moon, HCF Program Officer, recently attended the Facing Race conference in Detroit, MI. She writes about her experience and how a lot of what she learned could be incorporated in the racial equity work HCF aims to do as well as in her own life. In the time

Great Things are Happening at HCF!

The HCF 2018 Grant Application goes live 8/17 For this year’s grant cycle, HCF will be considering proposals for general operating support. You can access the 2018 Grant Application  via WizeHive starting on August 17th through September 17th. Review the Grant Proposal Guidelines to get more information about our grantmaking framework

Community Providers Offer Experience, Wisdom & Insights to Strategic Planning Process

Last week the Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF) convened two community stakeholder forums as part of its strategic planning process. We are grateful to the over eighty community leaders who took time to share their experience, wisdom, insights and ideas with us and with one another. The purpose of the strategic