• Clinical care

    We invest in high-quality, comprehensive, and coordinated primary health services—including medical, dental, vision, mental health, and case management.

    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.

    Health at every age
    Positive health outcomes for seniors heavily depend on their ability to self-manage their medical care. Waukegan Township’s Park Place Wellness Program puts health education, access to screenings, wellness workshops and health fairs, and regular follow-support within reach of the 3,000 seniors who use the center’s services each month.

    Latino immigrants face multiple barriers to maintaining good health and getting care when they need it. Health knowledge is often low, as is English language proficiency. Many immigrants are uninsured, and many find the healthcare system discouragingly unfamiliar. Through its community health workers, or promotoras de salud, the Health Education Program at Mano a Mano Family Resource Center is bridging the cultural and linguistic divide, linking Latinos to the health resources they need to maintain and improve their health.

    Fueling the health bus
    Rosalind Franklin University Health System’s mobile clinic, Community Care Connection, packs a lot of care into a small space: health education, disease screenings, and referrals for ongoing treatment. As important, it takes that care to the places it’s needed most and delivers it to people who might not otherwise get it.

    Sister to sister
    YWCA Lake County is evening the odds against cancer, chronic and sexually transmitted diseases, and osteoporosis for low-income minority women and adolescent girls, who are disproportionately affected by these diseases. The health and wellness program delivers education in community settings such as churches, housing sites, and even beauty salons, and provides needed screenings, referrals, and follow ups.

  • Scholarships

    We award scholarship funds to post-secondary educational institutions that are increasing the number of qualified healthcare professionals practicing in our community.

    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 to
    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 to
    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.