Gratitude. Humility. Hope. During the holidays, these are common emotions, and at Northwestern Medicine, we share them. We are so grateful for the honor of serving patients, humbled by the support of donors who help make it happen and hopeful for a healthier future for all.
But in communities across Chicagoland, many of our neighbors don’t experience these emotions. Instead, they are overwhelmed by unmet needs. That’s why we established the Northwestern Memorial Foundation Community Health Fund, and by donating on Giving Tuesday, December 3, you can show your support for neighbors in need.
Many of our hospitals were founded decades ago when concerned community members saw a need for better health care, pooled their resources and founded a facility that continues to improve the lives of patients and families every day. Today that tradition continues with the Community Health Fund.
At Northwestern Medicine, we know that health and wellness go beyond the medical care we deliver at our hospitals. To truly make our communities better, the Community Health Fund brings Northwestern Medicine and local non-profits together to address the everyday struggles of your neighbors. One way we do that is by supporting mental health care.
The lack of access to mental health care has a devastating impact on entire communities, from the spiking suicide rate to the surge in gun violence. Through the Community Health Fund, we work with community partners to stem the tide of these tragedies.
Here are some ways the Community Health Fund is supporting mental health:
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital works with Bright Star Community Outreach’s TURN Center in Bronzeville to provide trauma support for community members impacted by gun violence in Cook County. In-person counseling is available to residents of the south side of Chicago and there is a telephone helpline for all Cook County residents.
- Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital works with Calm Classroom to provide mental health resources in Lake County schools.
- Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital works with Mental Health First Aid to train community members in Kane and DuPage counties to recognize signs of poor mental health and intervene to ensure the individual gets the help they need.
- Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital works with the DeKalb County Partnership for Substance Abuse Free Environment to provide resources and guidance for those in DeKalb County who are battling substance use disorders.
These programs are changing lives and making communities healthier, happier and safer. This is what’s possible when we commit to supporting the health and wellness of our neighbors. Just like those early supporters who helped build our hospitals, you can make a difference in your neighbors’ lives by donating to the Community Health Fund.
This Giving Tuesday, December 3, let’s see what we can build together. With your support of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation Community Health Fund, even more people will enjoy the gratitude, humility and hope of the holidays.