• 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
    The Josselyn Center provides comprehensive mental health services to over 1,360 clients from over 70 communities annually. In March 2020, The Josselyn Center opened a site in Waukegan. The organization anticipates serving an additional 300 individuals with outpatient mental health services, including psychiatry and medication management, therapy, case management, including individual placement and support employment services, psychological testing, peer- and clinician-led support groups.

    Comprehensive health for Lake County families
    Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center’s Healthy Start for Lake County Families Project ensures that low-income pregnant women receive high quality prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care, and that young children have a healthy start to life. The Project provides a full spectrum of services including prenatal postpartum care; pediatric care and vaccinations; health education, oral health, and connection to the Women Infant Children (WIC) program.

  • Linkage to care

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

    Supporting COVID-19 Vaccine Equity
    COVID-19 disrupted almost every element of our lives and society. Some of the most disturbing consequences arise from health inequities related to race and ethnicity. For example, data show that for every one White, Non-Latino person that contracted COVID-19, four Black and eight Latino Lake County residents contracted the disease. The Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County (HFNLC) anticipated that this inequity could also be reflected in vaccination rates. To address this, HFNLC awarded five COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Navigation Grants to grantees that would 1) conduct grassroots outreach to the most vulnerable populations in northern Lake County; 2) provide education to address fears and misinformation surrounding COVID-19 vaccines; 3) support navigation services for the most vulnerable populations to get vaccinated, and 4) coordinate with other community organizations, including the Lake County Health Department, to ensure accuracy and consistent messaging throughout northern Lake County. Antioch Area Healthcare Accessibility Alliance, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Hispanic American Community Education and Services, Waukegan Public Library, and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago anticipate reaching over 150,000 individuals (combined) through this initiative.

    Navigating healthcare systems successfully
    PADS Lake County’s Homeless Healthcare Access Program provides education and case management to help homeless residents access appropriate healthcare. Clients receive support in scheduling and attending appointments, picking up prescriptions and following up on physician recommendations. Clients also participate in weekly educational sessions on a variety of health topics such as diabetes, foot care, health system navigation, and flu prevention. The Program also helps clients enroll in Medicaid and provides health screenings in collaboration with community partners.

    Reaching people close to home
    Rosalind Franklin University’s Community Care Connection provides health education and screening through a mobile vehicle. Visiting over 30 locations per month, the Community Care Connection reaches over 3,000 people every year in their neighborhoods. Addressing common health issues such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, the program links participants with physicians at the Lake County Health Department, Erie HealthReach Waukegan, and the Rosalind Franklin University Health System.

  • 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 attending College of Lake County – 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
    Nicasa Behavioral Health Services continuously works to diversify its revenue sources. With a strong leadership and a new fund development team in place, the organization began to look at long-term sustainability options and has decided to establish an endowment fund. The endowment will enable leadership to make longer term decisions, while also allowing for more flexibility and innovation, due to the certainty of stable, recurring income. Nicasa will kick off the establishment of its new endowment with a year-long fundraising campaign consisting of multiple strategies, including social media, direct mail campaigns, special events, grant writing, and personal solicitations by members of its Board of Directors. 

    #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 this year 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.

    Listening to clients
    EverThrive Illinois’ Lake County Consumer and Maternal and Child Health Empowerment Project is helping consumers have a voice and improve the maternal and child health continuum of services. EverThrive Illinois created a consumer panel that provides feedback to nonprofit providers on a variety of service issues. As a result, a partnership of maternal and child health providers is working to improve their communication and referral processes.