• Clinical care

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

    Meeting mental health needs of our community
    Community Youth Network provides mental health services to over 1,000 students at ten area schools. Mental health disorders are the single most common cause of disability in young people. If left untreated, mental health problems can impede all aspects of health, including emotional wellbeing and social development, leaving young people feeling socially isolated, stigmatized, and unable to optimize their social, vocational, and interpersonal contributions to society.

    Supporting youth most in need
    One Hope United provides school-based group therapy to over 50 young persons living in northern Lake County. SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress) is an evidence-based intervention designed to address the needs of traumatized adolescents who live with ongoing toxic stress and consequently experience problems processing emotions. SPARCS gives kids the treatment they need to work on behavioral and mental health issues that often stand in the way of personal success.

  • Linkage to care

    We support programs that improve health literacy, provide screenings, and connect people to medical homes.

    Navigating healthcare systems successfully
    Waukegan Public Library’s Functional Health Literacy Program utilizes community health workers to provide education designed to help low-income residents access appropriate healthcare. Participants develop health literacy skills to understand when, where, and how to access health services and avoid costly mistakes caused by using healthcare systems improperly. With health insurance, literacy participants also learn how to avoid administrative troubles, delays in care, denials of coverage, and unexpected medical bills.

    Overcoming language and cultural barriers
    El Puente Latino and Rincon Family Services provide culturally appropriate health education and referrals for treatment to Latinos with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. Latino immigrants face multiple barriers to maintaining good health and getting care when it’s needed. Many immigrants are uninsured and find the healthcare system discouragingly unfamiliar. This program provides educational workshops and disease screenings. It also provides referrals to appropriate healthcare providers and follow-up to ensure participants receive needed care and establish a medical home.

    Providing support for entire families
    Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network’s (UCAN) High Risk Infant Program addresses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACEs have tremendous impact on health and are associated with risky behaviors, chronic health conditions, and diminished potential and early death. UCAN’s program helps families prevent ACEs by strengthening maternal parenting practices, improving the quality of children’s home environment, and monitoring child development.

  • Scholarships

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

    Preparing students for healthcare careers
    Scholarship programs for low-income students – such as those offered by the College of Lake County and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – include post-graduation work commitments to help address growing healthcare provider shortages in our area. For example, the U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of Registered Nurses needed as Baby Boomers age and their needs for healthcare grow. Additionally, the Health Resources and Services Administration reports that we “need to add 10,000 providers to each of seven separate mental healthcare professions by 2025 to meet the expected growth in demand.” These needs are intensified in rural and low-income communities.

  • Organizational capacity building

    We partner with our grantees to help them develop the resources, leadership, skills, and tools they need to achieve their mission.

    Strengthening local nonprofit organizations
    The Lake County Crisis Center, commonly known as A Safe Place, is continuously working to decrease its reliance on funding from the State of Illinois. With a strong fund development team in place, the organization began to create and implement a major giving plan. The goals of this plan include engaging, communicating with, and stewarding donors at all levels of giving; increasing the number of new individual donors; reducing the number of lapsed donors; implementing a comprehensive planned giving/deferred gift program; and, strengthening the resource development capacity of its board members. Improving organizations’ fund development capacity with major giving plans should help increase and diversify their sources of funding. Diversified revenue streams increase organizational capacity to provide necessary services during challenging economic periods and respond to growing community needs.

    #Giving Tuesday
    #GivingTuesday – celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – is recognized as a “global day of giving” fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Twenty-three northern Lake County nonprofit organizations are participating with support of matching grants from HFNLC. HFNLC will match any new or increased donation from individuals to these organizations. Click here for a list of participating organizations.

  • System capacity building

    We encourage the organizations that we fund to explore partnerships, collaborations, and innovations to improve the healthcare delivery system.

    Improving connections
    Lake County Community Development’s ServicePoint Referral Network improves service delivery of local health and human service providers by improving the flow of information between them. This also increases collaboration, reduces barriers to services, and provides an opportunity to measure system performance and collective impact across multiple agencies.

    Creating new connections
    A partnership between Wauconda Fire District, Grayslake Fire Department, Round Lake Fire District and Advocate Condell Hospital are creating a community paramedicine program. Once launched, this program will increase access to primary care and preventive health services in the community through paramedics.