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
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.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
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.What we're doing now
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.
#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.What we're doing now
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.