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Community Partners Resource Guide

ChicagoCHEC partner organizations and their networks provide services to help advance cancer health equity and promote community wellbeing.

This guide is filled with overviews of the services/programs offered by ChicagoCHEC partner organizations, which we hope will be a good starting point for Chicago communities to connect with local resources and information.

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Access Community Health Network (Clinics) »


MISSION
To provide outstanding preventive and primary health care, accessible to all in their own communities.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Family practice
• Internal medicine
• Pediatrics • Men’s health
• Risk & prevention
• Behavioral health • Dental care
• 340B Discount Prescription

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: Yes Programming in Polish: Yes
Services in Other Languages: (Differs by clinic.)
American Sign Language, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Ibo, Korean, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Marathi, Russian, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yorba

 

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Resource Types: Federally Qualified Health Center
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish , Chinese, Polish


Access Living »


To foster the dignity, pride and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enchance the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Independent living skills
• Housing search guidance
• Community support for independent living
• Peer-to-Peer support • Legal services for fair housing & discrimination issues
• Community organizing
• Resource finder • Arts and culture
• Individual and systems advocacy
• Public awareness and outreach
• Disability awareness trainings

LANGUAGES

Programming in Spanish: Cambiado Vidas only  Programming in English:Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: ASL (American Sign Language) and other services relevant to visually/hearing impaired individuals

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Resource Types: Nonprofit
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English


ALAS-Wings »


Dedicated to empowering Hispanic women about breast cancer awareness through education and support for all women faced with breast cancer diagnosis.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Spanish speaking support groups @: Erie Family Health Center, Berwyn Library, UIC, Rush University Medical Center, Waterford Place (Aurora), Advocate Illinois Masonic, Logan Square Neighborhood Association • ALAS on Wheels – The Mobile Salon (prosthetic bras, wigs and prosthesis at no cost to breast cancer patients with limited financial resources.) • Educational workshops
• Spanish Speaking Town Hall Meeting at Northwestern
• Free yoga classes for breast cancer survivors

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A
Serves Specific Area: Chicago and suburbs based on partners of ALAS-Wings (Erie Family Health, Gilda’s Club Chicago, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Illinois Masonic , UIC, Waterford Place –Aurora)

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Resource Types: Cancer Survivorship
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Alivio Medical Center »


MISSION
We provide quality, cost-effective healthcare to minority communities, the uninsured and underinsured.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Comprehensive healthcare:
o Family medicine
o Mental health
o Dentistry
o Diabetes
o Family planning
o OB/GYN and Midwifery
o Optometry
o Pediatrics • Walk-in Wellness Center
• Pharmacy
• ACA outreach & enrollment
• STD testing
• Immunizations
• Diabetes management program • Family case management
• WIC assistance
• Casa Maravilla Senior Center
o Public benefits assistance
o Health education
o Fitness programming
AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes (Berwyn, Cicero, surrounding suburbs)
Serves Specific ZIP Codes:
60623, 60608, 60402 Serves Specific Area: Clinic locations are predominately in Hispanic Chicago neighborhoods.
Additional Chicagoland Locations: 3 Medical Centers, 3 School-based Clinics, and 1 Urgent Care Center throughout Chicago. Casa Maravilla senior housing in Pilsen.
LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: Chinese

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Resource Types: Federally Qualified Health Center
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


AllianceChicago »


MISSION
The mission of AllianceChicago is to improve personal, community and public health through innovative collaboration. A major focus of AllianceChicago is the use of technology to improve quality of care and improved outcomes through technology tools, practice coaching, clinical collaboration, and data analytics. Among the health centers that Alliance supports are 8 Chicago area health centers listed online.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Electronic Health Services and support for the user community • Research
• Technical assistance
• Education and consultation
• Health information technology innovation

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: No
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: N/A.
Additional Chicagoland Locations: Alliance maintains and coordinates the patient records for 25 community health centers in Chicago. They are on the back-end of patient care.
LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

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Resource Types: Federally Qualified Health Center
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Amber Coalition »


MISSION
Brings together people and organizations whose aim is to promote knowledge about breast cancer, its prophylaxis and treatment in the Polish community, and educate about the possibilities of modern medicine, including access to treatments.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Free breast exams and free mammograms for those eligible
• Create a pipeline for students/patients/doctors to volunteer in this care • Research to identify the health needs of the Polish community

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: N/A.
Additional Chicagoland Locations: N/A

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: No Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: Yes
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Nonprofit
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Polish


American Lung Association In Greater Chicago »


MISSION
The leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Lung health advocacy
• Lung cancer awareness and outreach through LUNG FORCE
• Smokefree environments
• COPD education and awareness
• LUNG FORCE Expo for lung health professionals, patients and caregivers • Research monitoring trends in:
o Lung disease
o Lung health disparities
o Healthy air and pollution
o Tobacco control
• Patient informational resources & videos • Enchancing care for children with asthma
• Online support communities
• Caregiving support community
• Lung health education
• Tobacco cessation trainings and resources, including operation of the Illinois Tobacco Quitline

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: N/A.
Additional Chicagoland Locations: N/A

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: Yes
Services in Other Languages: N/A

 

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Research, Education and Advocacy
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation »


MISSION
Transform the health of our communities through faith-rooted, collaborative action to create health equity by building community, nurturing leaders and connecting with the unique spirit power of faith communities to promote social justice and abundant life for all.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Health Ministry Development
• Congregational Health Asset Mapping
• Faithful Families Program (promotes healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith)
• Trauma-Informed Congregations Network
• Consultation on faith and health engagement. • Healthy Hotspots (initiative to increase number of places that make healthy living easier in your community)
• Community and faith partnership development
• Illinois Heart Rescue—bystander CPR training
• Congregational health promotion bulletin inserts and educational programs • “Just Eating? Practicing Faith by the Table” 7-week curriculum for Christian congregations
• Courage to Love (reduce pre-term births in African American women)
• Convene the Faith and Health Community of Practice
AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: Chicagoland Region
Additional Chicagoland Locations: N/A
LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: No Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: Yes
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Research, Education and Advocacy
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Polish


Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition »


MISSION
The Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition’s mission is to promote healthy behavior and prevent chronic disease and health disparities in the Hispanic communities of metropolitan Chicago. CHHC improves health in Hispanic communities by sponsoring culturally appropriate, evidence-based health education classes, and by providing a forum for policy development.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Keep Your Heart Healthy (cardiovascular disease)
• Prevention-oriented training on heart disease and stroke
• Let’s Talk About Lupus
• Juntos Podemos
• Forums/workshops for health care providers • Juntos Contra La Diabetes (diabetes)
• Childhood Obesity Prevention (partnership with CLOCC)
• Nuestras Voces (tobacco control)
• Por Su Salud: Estrellas de Salud (obesity prevention in 8 to 12-year-old Latino children in Pilsen and Southwest areas of Chicago) • Vive tu Vida (physical activity and healthy lifestyle)
• Childhood Obesity Prevention (partnership with CLOCC)
• Media campaigns

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: No
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: Chicago
Additional Chicagoland Locations: N/A
LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

 

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Community-Based Organization
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Chinese American Service League »


With our support, CASL clients, especially Chinese immigrants, become thriving residents of the greater Chicago community, making valuable contributions as independent, productive members of society. In the words of one of those clients, “We had nothing but our dreams. The Chinese American Service League helped us realize them.”

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Family and Learning Resource Center
• Child Development Center
• School Age Center
• Youth Development Program
• Cup of Tea (meet-ups to pratice conversational English)
• Translation and interpretation services
• Suppport primary care coordination
• Women health services (cancer screenings and support services) • Adult Employment ProgramChild Development Center
• Job placement
• Housing counseling
• Financial literacy and coaching
• Chef Training Program
• Citizenship and immigration services
• Energy assistance
• Public benefits assistance
(Medicaid, SSI, etc.)
• Case management (information/referrals)
• Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic • Adult Day Service (seniors)
• In-Home Service (seniors)
• Pine Tree Senior Council (seniors)
• Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program (part-time employment for seniors)
• Civic engagement, voter registration and education
• Wellness maintenance workshops
o diabetes
o aging
o caregiver training
o health screening

AREAS SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: Chicago
Additional Chicagoland Locations: N/A
LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: No Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: Yes Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Community-Based Organization
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Chinese


Gilda’s Club »


Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Support groups for patients and for family members or friends
• Bereavement groups
• Healthy lifestyle workshops
o Mind/body activities
o Expressive arts
• Educational lectures
• Social opportunities • “Noogieland” program for kids and teens
• Molo Family Hospital Expansion Program
[email protected]
[email protected]
• Spanish programming
• Polish programming
• Community outreach

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: No
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: Chicago, Oak Lawn
Additional Chicagoland Locations: Advocate Christ Medical Center (Oak Lawn, IL), Mount Sinai Hospital, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: Yes
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Cancer Survivorship
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Howard Brown Health »


MISSION
Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Aging services
• Alternative Insemination program
• Cancer Screenings through IBCCP
• HIV Case Management
• Linkage To Care HIV/AIDS Services at Howard Brown
• Men’s health
• Pediatric services
• Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)HIV/AIDS services
• Primary care
• Recovering With Pride (substance abuse recovery program)
• Trans and gender non-conforming health
• Women’s Health • Behavioral health providers
• Broadway Youth Center
o Food bank
o Clothing vouchers
o Social space
o Education/
vocational services
o Referrals for basic needs
• Community testing sites & outreach services
• Counseling and psychotherapy
• Intimate partner violence
• Sexual Assault Response Program
• Sexual health walk-in clinic services
• Smoking cessation • Advoacy & education
• GED program
• Health education about lgbtq elders (HEALE) cultural competency curriculum for nurses
• Insurance enrollment assistance program
• Support / Therapy Groups and Workshops
o Adults
o Transgender & intersex youth
o Intimate partner violence
o Elder
o Women
Howard Brown Health – Additional Locations
Howard Brown
– Halsted
3245 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL, 60657 Howard Brown
– Clark
6500 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL, 60626 Howard Brown
– 63rd St.
641 W 63rd Street
Chicago, IL, 60621
Howard Brown
– 55th St.
1525 E 55th Street
Chicago, IL, 60615 Broadway Youth Center
4009 N Broadway
Chicago, IL, 60613

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: No
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area:
Chicago, various locations
Additional Chicagoland Locations: 5 additional clinic locations throughout Chicago
LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Federally Qualified Health Center
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Instituto del Progreso Latino (INSTITUTO) »


MISSION
INSTITUTO provides comprehensive education programs and services to Chicago families including adult education, financial literacy and planning, youth development and education, workforce development, citizenship services, and more. We work with people at all education levels, starting with learning how to read and write in their native language, and provide a pathway to higher-level skills, new careers, and greater stability. We look to the potential in those who are often underserved by traditional education systems and develop innovative programs to meet their needs.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
 Career Pathways

 Citizenship

 Economic & Workforce Development

 Employment Services

 Youth Development Adult Education
• Adult Basic Education
• English as a Second Language
• CYBER-ESL Program
• (online & in-person instruction)
• Spanish Literacy & Elementary education
• Nursing Career Pathways
• Pre-Certified Nursing Assistant Program
• Basic Nursing Assistant Program
• Manufacturing Works Program
• Retail Training Program
• Sexual Assault Response Program
• Sexual health walk-in clinic services
• Smoking cessation High School Education
• Instituto Justice & Leadership Academy (IJLA)
(alternative charter h.s.)

• Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA)

o Escalera College Bridge program (middle school – early HS support & college program)

o Elementary student after- school program
AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes (CBO)
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: N/A

Additional Chicagoland Locations:

Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy
2570 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy
2555 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Community-Based Organization, Research, Education and Advocacy
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Near North Health Service Corporation (Health Centers) »


The Mission of Near North Health Service Corporation (NNHSC) is to provide access to high quality health care to improve the health, well-being, and safety of the diverse populations and communities we serve. We are a culturally sensitive and culturally competent, patient centered community health center that empowers individuals through education, disease prevention, and promoting healthy behaviors, regardless of one’s inability to pay.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Primary care
• Dental services
• HIV early intervention
• Women’s health
• Internal medicine (Adult health)
• Pediatrics
• Podiatry
(Foot care)
• Ophthalmology (Eye care)
• Maternal and child health
• Nutrition • Patient transportation assitance (elderly and disabled)
• WIC assistance
• Health insurance counselors
• Domestic violence counseling
• Healthcare for the homeless
• Substance abuse treatment
• Mental health services
• HIV testing and counseling • Breastfeeding peer counseling program
• Health education
o Diabetes
o Blood pressure
o Overweight/obesity
o Stress management
o Exercise
o Meditations
o Healthy eating
• HIV community outreach and education
• Patient-centered pharmacy

Near North Health Service Corporation (cont’d)

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: N/A
Additional Chicagoland Locations:
10 Health Center locations throughout Chicago

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes

Programming in Chinese: No

Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Federally Qualified Health Center
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Partnership for College Completion »


MISSION
To catalyze and champion policies, systems, and practices that ensure all students in and around Chicago – particularly low-income, first generation students – graduate from college and achieve their career aspirations.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
The Partnership for College Completions provides data, research, and policy advocacy in order to lead to increased outcomes for first generation, low income college students throughout the 7 county metropolitan area.

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: N/A
Additional Chicagoland Locations: N/A

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Education Policy
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Project Brotherhood »


MISSION
Project Brotherhood’s mission is to increase the health awareness in Black men by training Black men & providing preventive health messages & literature in a cultural & gender specific way (age specific when necessary).

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Community-based outreach and prevention program for African American men
• Manhood development class
• Fatherhood classes • Job readiness
• Resume development
• Doctor visits
• Free condoms

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific ZIP Codes:
N/A Serves Specific Area:
Woodlawn and other surrounding southside communities
Additional Chicagoland Locations: N/A

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Community-Based Organization
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Puerto Rican Cultural Center »


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) is a community-based, grassroots, educational, health and cultural services organization founded on the principles of self-determination, self-actualization and self-sufficiency that is activist-oriented. Community annual events celebrated are the Three Kings winterfest (toy giveaway), Peoples Parade, Fiesta Boricua and Haunted Paseo (safe focused trick-or-treating).

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Urban agriculture initiative
• Housing assistance
• Temporary shelter for LGBT
• CEDA-LIHEAP: Assistance to pay gas and light bills
• Bilingual-bicultural daycare
• Community library and information center • Award-winning alternative high school
• Community as a Campus (CAAC)
o Teachers/ administrators Institutes
o Parent Popular Education Institute
o Youth Leadership
o Safe Passage Communty Watchers
• Young women’s literacy program • Obesity prevention program
• HIV and STD education and prevention program
• Referral for health care
• Free STI testing
• Linkage to Mental Health Care Services, Substance Abuse Treatment and Case Management
• Community-based, grassroots, educational, health and cultural services

 

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: No
Serves Specific ZIP Codes:
N/A Serves Specific Area:
Humboldt Park

Additional Chicagoland Locations:
El Rescate LGBT Transitional Living: 2703 W Division,
VIDA/SIDA: 2640 W Division
Safe Passage: 2546 W Division

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Community-Based Organization
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


WOT Foundation, Inc. »


MISSION
The W.O.T. Foundation, Inc. (Women on Top of Their Game) goal is to minimize if not eliminate barriers to success. Our members present solid programs with flexibility to meet the group and participants where they are and together start the journey of self satisfaction and accomplishments.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Workshops & seminars
• Networking opportunities
• C.e.u. for professionals & para-professionals
• Mentorship
• Retreats • Patient navigator
• Healthy education
• Personal Chef (cooking demonstrations, meal preparation and nutritional consultation)
• Home Visit
• Individual Care Planning

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Limited
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Area: N/A
Additional Chicagoland Locations: N/A

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Cancer Survivorship
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:

Languages: English, Spanish


Northeastern Illionois University »


Northeastern Illinois University, as a public comprehensive university with locations throughout Chicago, provides an exceptional environment for learning, teaching, and scholarship. We prepare a diverse community of students for leadership and service in our region and in a dynamic multicultural world.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Undergraduate education
• Graduate education
• Student support services
• Student research services
• Project Success to recruit and retain African American Students • McNair Scholars program to increase attainment of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society
• Proyecto Pa’Lante, to offer support services for Latino students who demonstrate academic potential but do not meet the general University admissions requirements

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Academic Center
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:


Roberth H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University »


Additional Chicagoland Locations:
Academic campuses in Evanston and downtown Chicago, as well as associated hospitals and health centers throughout Chicago/Illinois.

MISSION
The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University is committed to being a national leader in the battle to overcome cancer. To this end, the Lurie Cancer Center is dedicated to: scientific discovery, advancing medical knowledge, providing compassionate state-of-the-art care, and training the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS
• Clinical trials
• Patient services (on-site pharmacy, accessibility resources, discounted lodging, financial assistance)
• Palliative care services
• Clinical Cancer Center
• Specialty Cancer Programs
• Cancer Survivorship Institute
• Pediatric cancer programs
• New Patient Orientation • Supportive oncology team
o Clinical psychologists
o Nutrition Services
o Psychiatry team
o Financial counseling
o Health learning center
o Gilda’s Club on-site support programs
o Nurse navigators
o Fertility preservation program navigator
o Social workers
o Coordinator of supportive oncology education

View resource webpage »

Resource Types: Academic Center
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels:
Subject Area:


Northwesern University


Summer Research Opportunity Program
The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is an eight-week competitive research experience at Northwestern University for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States. All fields of research at Northwestern are open to SROP participants including the social sciences and humanities, physical sciences, chemical and biological sciences, technology, math and engineering fields. Those belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education (e.g., certain racial and ethnic minorities, women in STEM, first-generation college students, etc.) are encouraged to apply
• Contact: Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP Program Manager
[email protected] or call (217) 244-4899.
CURE Program
A summer research program at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University for underserved college students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. It is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Each year the Lurie Cancer Center accepts 12 college students to work alongside top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories. The scientists act as mentors and work with students on nationally funded laboratory research projects during the eight-week summer program. Students are introduced to the basics of cancer biology and receive career guidance through weekly focused seminars presented by faculty members. At the end of the CURE program, each trainee is required to prepare a brief written summary and to give an oral report of his or her project to fellow CURE students and faculty mentors.
• Contact: Robin Leikin, PhD, CURE Program Director: [email protected]
Education
EvanSTEM
Northwestern in partnership with the City of Evanston, Evanston Public Library, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Township High School District 202, McGaw YMCA, Family Focus and Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) helped launch EvanSTEM, a program that seeks to improve access and engagement for students who have traditionally underperformed or have been underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
• Link: http://www.district65.net/Page/1151
• Contact: Kirby Girolami Callam. Project Director, EvanSTEM. (847) 859-8059, [email protected]
Evanston Cradle to Career
• The Evanston Cradle to Career initiative is a collective impact effort to mobilize our community assets to make a lasting difference in the lives of our community’s children, youth and families.
• Link: https://evanstonforever.org/ventures/collaborations/evanston-cradle-career/
• Address: 1560 Sherman Ave. Suite 535 Evanston, IL 60201.
• Phone: 847.492.0990
NU-Chicago STAR Partnership
Northwestern University has partnered with the City Colleges of Chicago to offer a Northwestern Star Scholarship Award to talented students who attend a Chicago Public School and go on to complete an associate’s degree at a City College.
• Link:
http://www.ccc.edu/departments/Documents/Transfer%20and%20Articulation/Partnership%20Pages/STAR%20Scholarship/Northwestern.pdf
• Contact: Kimberley Lindsay, Senior Assistant Director, Transfer Coordinator, 847-491-7344, [email protected]
Health
Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI)
A unique community of researchers, clinicians, students and advocates affiliated with Northwestern University dedicated to improving women’s health by advancing the field of sex based biology.
• Monthly research forums; paid summer positions for undergraduate students interested in oncofertility laboratory research; science education summer academies for high school females in Chicago; mentoring program between female high school girls and science graduate and medical students
• Link: http://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/community-education
• Address: 303 E Superior Street, Suite 10-121, Chicago Illinois 60611.
• Phone: 312-503-1385
Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning
• Adult Cognitive Screenings
Free community screenings give participants a baseline of their overall cognitive health. Confidential 20-minute cognitive screenings involve answering written and verbal questions that are commonly used by allied health professionals to gauge brain health through memory, speech, and other related indicators. Please contact us at 847-491-3165 if you would like to host a screening event or register for an upcoming screening.
• Hearing Screenings
Free hearing screenings conducted by the clinic are held in various locations throughout the year. Call 847-491-3165 if you would like to host a screening event or register for an upcoming screening.
• Youth Speech-Language Screenings
Schools and daycares often invite speech-language pathologist teams to assess speech-language development.
• Link: https://www.communication.northwestern.edu/clinic/community
• Address: 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.
• Phone: 847-491-3165
Other
Northwestern Bluhm Legal Clinic Center on Wrongful Convictions
Considers cases where there is a claim of actual innocence and post-conviction status. Community members able to mail them a request to review their case as long as it meets two pieces of criteria (1) actual innocence, and (2) that the case is in post-conviction status.
• Link: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/wrongfulconvictions/assistance/
• Center on Wrongful Convictions
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
• Phone: 312.503.8576
NU Center for Civic Engagement
Has a website that lets local organizations and community members know how and who to collaborate with at Northwestern University. Offers venues for community members to subscribe to the civic engagement email digest; host an undergraduate or graduate student intern; be a site for a student volunteer group; host students for a field experience at your organization; attend an event at Northwestern.
• Link: http://www.engage.northwestern.edu/information_for/index.html?tab=3#TabbedPanels1
Contact: [email protected] or visit in person at 1813 Hinman Avenue on the Northwestern Evanston campus.
Northwestern/Evanston Skilled Trades Training Program
Teaches community members skills through an apprenticeship program in the University’s Facilities Management Division. Program hires six individuals per year for this apprenticeship.
• Link: http://www.northwestern.edu/communityrelations/about/our-partnerships/northwestern-evanston-skilled-trades-training-program.html
• Contact: Martha Logan at 847-448-8041 or [email protected]
Northwestern University Student Volunteer Request
Makes visible community-based volunteer opportunities to Northwestern University students.
• Link: http://www.northwestern.edu/lead-engage/resources/submit-volunteer-opportunities/index.html
• Contact: Myrtie Williams, [email protected] at
847-467-3987
NU Community Relations
Every month, they provide a catalogue of on-campus events and opportunities open to the public. These include special performances from world-renowned musicians, family-friendly events for children, Big 10 athletics, and lectures in the humanities and sciences. There is also a newsletter available,
• Link: http://www.northwestern.edu/communityrelations/about/monthly-list-of-on-campus-events.html
• Contact: [email protected] or visit in person,
1813 Hinman Avenue, on the Northwestern Evanston campus.

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UI Health Cancer Center »


Our Cancer Center philosophy and execution functions under five cores: Education, Community, Clinical Science and Services, Basic Sciences and Shared Resources. These cores underlie our priorities. Our clinicians and researchers, of whom make up our highly distinguished faculty, not only train our future healthcare providers, but are breaking new ground in the process with continual research on cancer. The Office of Community Engaged Research and Implementation Science (OCERIS) of the UI Health Cancer Center also facilitates this value of education through community screenings and prevention opportunities, by embedding themselves within the groups of people who most need our care. Our labs and hospital facilities are stocked with state-of-the-art technology, allowing our clinicians to treat their patients and our researchers to seek out cancer’s demons, using the basics of science and modern medicine. Finally, our Shared Resources are plentiful, providing our Cancer Center with the many tools needed to conduct innovative clinical trials that are in their earliest stages, and develop novel pharmaceuticals that are changing the way cancer is treated. Mile Square offers our patients an opportunity for primary health care and cancer screening as needed, under the umbrella of the Federally Qualified Health Care Systems. Our mission of serving the underserved is carried throughout, with our partnership to the UI Health Mile Square Health Centers as a way to maintain that connection. Within this context, we are building a model to provide our constituents with access to the best healthcare possible. Ultimately, our goal is to develop a bench to community model of care that translates the science of cancer into the welcoming arms of a community that cares. The combination of our laboratory research, clinical trials and patient care enables our Cancer Center teams to actively translate knowledge gained, into an improved quality of life for persons and families impacted by cancer.

UI HEALTH CANCER CENTER
SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
• Clinical trials
• Cancer treatment
• Survivor empowerment nework support group
• Cancer patient support group
• Pain management
• Palliative care
• Pastoral services • Cancer genetics
• Childhood cancer survivorship clinic
• Fertility preservation
• Radiation oncology
• Surgical oncology
• Clinical research
• Population health research • Therapeutics research
• Chemoprevention research
• Cancer biology research
• Community-engaged research
• Implementation science
• Medical school education

Additional Chicagoland Locations:
Mile Square Health center locations throughout Chicago/Illinois. Click here to view locations:
http://hospital.uillinois.edu/patients-and-visitors/mile-square-federally-qualified-health-center/locations

 

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The University of Illinois at Chicago


MISSION
• To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.
• To provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer.
• To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago but all Great Cities of the 21st century, as expressed by our Great Cities Commitment.
• To foster scholarship and practices that reflect and respond to the increasing diversity of the U.S. in a rapidly globalizing world.
• To train professionals in a wide range of public service disciplines, serving Illinois as the principal educator of health science professionals and as a major healthcare provider to underserved communities
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
Research
As Chicago’s only public research university, real-world problems are solved through innovation and discovery. Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is re-shaping educational policy; developing cleaner, more sustainable energy; helping to make sense of today’s vast amounts of computer-generated data; and driving economic development by moving research to practical application. Outstanding programs range from the creation of new medical diagnostic techniques to turning carbon dioxide into fuel.

Education
UIC is made up of 15 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge, with research strengths in the areas of computer science, sustainability, bioengineering, health sciences, psychology and education. UIC features 15 academic colleges, 83 bachelor’s, 93 master’s and 64 doctoral degree programs.
Health
A part of UIC, UI Health includes a hospital, 22 outpatient clinics, and 12 Mile Square Health Center facilities. It also includes the seven UIC health science colleges: the College of Applied Health Sciences; the College of Dentistry; the School of Public Health; the Jane Addams College of Social Work; and the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing.

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Government Partners


CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
MISSION
At Chicago Public Schools, our mission is to provide a high-quality public education for every child in every neighborhood, that prepares them for success in college, career, and community. This important work is grounded in our vision, a document created to align our efforts and provide a clear sense of our priorities over the next three years for all stakeholders. Our work begins with three commitments: academic progress, financial stability, and integrity.
CONTACT
INFO Website www.cps.edu
Address 42 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60629
Phone (773)-553-1000
E-mail CPS departments have their own contact info. Visit the CPS website or call the number above for more information.

CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
MISSION
To promote and improve health by engaging residents, communities and partners in establishing and implementing policies and services that prioritize residents and communities with the greatest need.
CONTACT
INFO Website www.cityofchicago.org/health
Address 333 S State St. Room 200, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone (312)-747-9884

CITY OF CHICAGO, OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CONTACT
INFO Website www.cityofchicago.org/Mayor
Address 121 N LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602
Phone 311

JESSE BROWN VA MEDICAL CENTER
MISSION
Honor America’s veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and wellbeing. The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center consists of a 200-bed acute care facility and four community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). Jesse Brown VAMC provides care to approximately 62,000 enrolled veterans who reside in the City of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, and in four counties in northwestern Indiana. In FY10, the medical center had over 8100 inpatient admissions and 560,000 outpatient visits. A budget of over $355 million supports approximately 2,000 full-time equivalent staff, including 200+ physicians and 450 nurses, with 500+ volunteers providing service and care at Jesse Brown VAMC and CBOCs.
CONTACT
INFO Website https://www.chicago.va.gov/
Address 820 S Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60612
Phone (800)-591-4815 (Telephone Care)

JOHN H. STROGER, JR. HOSPITAL OF COOK COUNTY
MISSION
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County is a teaching hospital that provides primary, specialty and tertiary healthcare services. The hospital has a staff of more than 300 attending physicians along with more than 400 medical residents and fellows.

The hospital serves as the hub for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System for delivery of specialty and sub-specialty care. More than 40% of the hospital’s space is dedicated to an outpatient Specialty Care Center. The Level 1 Trauma Center is one of the most respected in the nation. The hospital’s adult emergency room treats over 110,000 patients annually. While the Pediatrics emergency room treats 45,000 children and adolescents each year with a no wait policy.

In the proud tradition of its predecessor, Cook County Hospital, it remains at the forefront of new therapies and innovations in healthcare while never neglecting those in need. The John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County today continues to maintain the strong commitment of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System to the healthcare needs of Cook County’s underserved population, while also offering a full-range of specialized medical services for all segments of the community.

CONTACT
INFO Website www.cookcountyhhs.org/locations/john-h-stroger-jr-hospital/
Address 1969 W Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60612
Phone 1-(312)-864-6000

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Access DuPage »


MISSION
Access DuPage is a collaborative effort whose mission is to provide access to medical services to those people in DuPage County, IL, who lack healthcare access because of economic reasons.

SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
• Healthcare access
• Patient navigation • Referral coordination
• Medical care access • Drug assistance
• Insurance premium assistance

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: No Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Neighborhood/Area:
DuPage County

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

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Languages: English, Spanish


Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) »


MISSION
The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN), a volunteer, patient-led advocacy organization, seeks to address the unique needs and concerns of women and men who are living with metastatic or Stage IV breast cancer.

SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
• Online Metastatic Trial Search (clinical trial search engine designed for people with metastatic breast cancer) • MBCN funded grants (Metastatic research funding)
• Advocacy
• Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance Member—work closely with leading breast cancer non-profits, researchers and industry • Metastatic breast cancer educational resources in English and Spanish
• Metastatic breast cancer resource database
• Breast cancer patient empowerment

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific
ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Neighborhood/Area: N/A

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: No Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

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Languages: English


Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force »


MISSION
Eliminate racial disparities in breast cancer.

SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
• Quality Consortium
(health care institution inititative to increase equity in cancer care) • Advocacy
• Community Outreach
• Education
• Public policy • Healthcare access
• Navigation

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific
ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Neighborhood/Area: N/A

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages:
Can support other languages on case-by-case basis

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YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Women’s Health Exchange »


MISSION
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Through our Women’s Health Exchange, we provide dedicated workshops and online resources to help women and their families maximize their physical, mental and financial health and wellness.

SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
• Help finding, understanding and using health insurance
• Health and wellness education
• Nutrition education
• Young Parents Program
• Sexual assault support groups, counseling, and medical and legal advocacy
• Sexual violence prevention education and training • Economic empowerment services including career services, financial management services, and business and entrepreneur services
• Innovation and technology trainings
• STEM programming for children
• Child and Adult Care Food Program
• Childcare Assistance Program and other resources

AREAS
SERVED Serves Chicago: Yes Serves Suburbs: Yes
Serves Specific
ZIP Codes: N/A Serves Specific Neighborhood/Area: N/A

LANGUAGES Programming in Spanish: Yes Programming in English: Yes
Programming in Chinese: No Programming in Polish: No
Services in Other Languages: N/A

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