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