Access to quality, affordable healthcare is an important factor in leading a full, healthy, and resilient life. However, there are social and systemic factors –the conditions in which we are born, live, and work–that play a crucial, if not, more influential role in our overall health.
As a community-led and engaged foundation that serves a 27 zip-code region in Chicago and the western Cook County suburbs, we seek to:
The communities within our service region, each with their own unique ecosystems, hold the solutions to the issues they face. We believe in trust-based philanthropy and value the partnerships with organizations and leaders as they are the base to improving health outcomes in our region.
Our mission is to measurably improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in our service area by promoting health equity, quality and access.
We envision that all residents of our communities lead full, healthy, and happy lives and enjoy equal life expectancy.
All residents of our service region, particularly those who live with the greatest health inequities, should have access to resources and opportunities that improve their well-being and create a sustainable quality of life.
Systemic conditions, such as implicit bias and institutional and structural racism, impede those goals and disproportionately affect BILPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, People of Color) communities. We commit to addressing these barriers by being a community-informed and embedded foundation.
We fund a geographic region defined by the service area of MacNeal hospital, from which we received our endowment in 2000.