Endeavor Health, Illinois’ third largest health system, is proud to announce over $10.2 million in new awards to 43 local organizations and partnerships in the Chicago area for the third year of its Community Investment Fund (CIF). Through the CIF, Endeavor Health seeks to foster health, wellbeing and economic security in the communities it serves. This year’s awards will support organizations and initiatives focused on behavioral health, violence prevention, housing and food insecurity, access to care and workforce development. To date, the CIF has provided more than $21.4 million to 47 local partnerships.
“Our Community Investment Fund has made a remarkable impact since its launch in 2022, touching over 211,000 lives and supporting a significant expansion of behavioral health counseling, bilingual health education and mobile medical services in our communities,” said Kristen Murtos, Chief Innovation & Transformation Officer at Endeavor Health. “At Endeavor Health, we are not just funders but conveners, bringing together diverse groups to cultivate collaboration and innovation. We are thrilled to grow and deepen the impact of our Community Investment Fund this year, marking a significant step forward in our commitment to enhancing health and wellness across the communities we serve.”
Endeavor Health’s 2024 partnerships include:
Connections for the Homeless (Evanston): Providing those experiencing homelessness wraparound care to heal and recover through a Medical Respite program.
Greater Family Health (Franklin Park): Expanding healthcare access for the underserved, including a new pediatric practice at Greater Family Health’s Franklin Park location.
Midwest Refuah Health Center (Chicago, Skokie, Evanston): Providing accessible, affordable, culturally sensitive primary, preventive and specialty medical, dental and behavioral healthcare to under-resourced, un/underinsured community members.
Equal Hope (Lake County): Expanding outreach, education and support to facilitate access to primary care and timely preventive cancer screening.
NAMI DuPage County (DuPage County): Supporting training and development of peer mental health specialists to increase access to mental health services.
Shelter, Inc. (Palatine): Removing critical transportation barriers to community-based services for children and families at risk and in need, including healthcare, counseling, job training and support groups.
People's Resource Center (Wheaton): Creating a comprehensive PRC Wheaton Campus featuring an expanded food pantry and increased education and empowerment program space to better serve our neighbors and meet growing community needs.
360 Youth Services (Naperville): Providing youth experiencing homelessness with emergency housing, case management and trauma-informed services at a new resource center.
ONE Northside (Chicago): Supporting gun violence prevention and response programming, including outreach, mentoring, mediation, advocacy and financial literacy.