We invest in high-quality, comprehensive, and coordinated primary health services—including medical, dental, vision, mental health, and case management.What we're doing now
Opening wide in Waukegan, Zion, and Benton
With less than 1 dentist for every 5,000 people, Waukegan and Zion are federally designated Dental Health
Professional Shortage Areas; as a whole, Lake County experienced a 27 percent decrease in the number of
safety-net dental clinics between 2006 and 2011.
With support from the Foundation, Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center and Zion Benton Children’s Service
are opening the door to affordable dental care for approximately 4,100 low-income and uninsured adults and
children each year.
Getting ahead of chronic disease
Making headway against asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes—conditions that are both costly and
deadly when left unmanaged—requires consistent, comprehensive, and coordinated care. Erie HealthReach
Waukegan Health Center is gearing up to provide just such care to approximately 900 new patients who until now
have gone without treatment or relied on hospital emergency rooms and retail clinics.
How to succeed in business
Getting—and keeping—a job requires more than technical skills. YouthBuild of Lake County, which provides
education and job training programs for low income youth, also gives kids the treatment they need to work on the
behavioral and mental health issues that will stand in the way of success.
Linkage to care
We support programs that improve health literacy, provide screenings, and connect people to medical homes.What we're doing now
We award scholarship funds to post-secondary educational institutions that are increasing the number of qualified healthcare professionals practicing in our community.What we're doing now
Coming soon: More healthcare professionals
Projections from the Illinois Department of Employment Security indicate that 1,747 more healthcare paraprofessionals will be needed in Lake County by 2018, a 23.9 percent increase over the number currently employed. With Foundation support, the College of Lake County’s SPLASH program (Scholarships Promoting Lake County Affordable and Sustainable Healthcare) is increasing the number of emergency medical technicians, medical imaging technicians, nursing assistants, and others serving medically underserved areas in northern Lake County.
Organizational capacity building
We partner with our grantees to help them develop the resources, leadership, skills, and tools they need toWhat we're doing now
achieve their mission.
Laying a solid foundation
To prepare for the launch of its $3 million capital campaign, Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center built organizational capacity by strengthening its board of directors through a formal board orientation and engagement process; and training in fundraising and communication skills. “ZCenter” positioned itself for long-term sustainability by developing its board members to become effective ambassadors for the organization.
System capacity building
We encourage the organizations that we fund to explore partnerships, collaborations, and innovations toWhat we're doing now
improve the healthcare delivery system.
Moving from analysis to action to close a service gap
The unmet need for mental health services in northern Lake County is well documented. The most likely solution to the problem or problems isn’t. In 2013, with Foundation funding, Lake County Health Department Behavioral Health Services assembled a community task force of mental health service providers and conducted a comprehensive gap analysis. In 2014, again with Foundation funding, LCHD began the second part of the project: a field-wide action plan, one that will outline the underlying factors that are causing gaps in care, suggest evidence-based solutions for specific service needs, and include a list of potential partners to ensure efficient, coordinated implementation.