Healthy Communities

Develop approaches to health care in our local South Side neighborhoods that can be the model for other urban communities. 

Imagine city neighborhoods as oases of good health.

At the University of Chicago, that’s exactly the goal we’re pursuing—beginning on Chicago’s South Side. By focusing on one major urban area—the one in which we live—we can launch wide-ranging research projects and patient-care programs to equip our city’s residents with what they need to take charge of their health.

For example, in 2017 UChicago Medicine announced plans to establish a South Side Pediatric Asthma Center in collaboration with community health organizations. The center will identify children with asthma and then help lead them to primary care physicians for treatment.

And, in Spring 2018 the hospital will open a new Level 1 trauma center including a violence recovery program to improve continuity of care for victims and families of violence.

Efforts like these are just a part of UChicago’s mission to improve the lives of residents in our neighborhoods surrounding the university. When you support community-based health initiatives at UChicago, you are helping our physicians and local residents to

  • expand access to primary and preventive care;
  • inspire new doctors to practice in community health centers; and
  • connect people to fresh food, social services, and other resources critical to health.

And you are helping to create solutions and programs that other communities can model.