Every year, Northwestern Medicine finds new ways to improve the health of you and your neighbors. Through community health needs assessments and other planning efforts, Northwestern Medicine identifies the strongest needs in our communities, and invests millions of dollars back into local communities through programs such as:
Access to care for low-income and uninsured patients continues to be an issue in DuPage and Kane counties. To better ensure low-income county residents can afford and receive necessary health care, Northwestern Medicine provided an operational grant of $987,000 in 2014 to help fund Access DuPage and other community efforts serving those in need.
DuPage partners are uniting to create positive change across our communities. Click “Track Our Progress” to learn more about Impact DuPage.
Community-Based Heart Failure Program
This program targets patients who have been hospitalized with heart failure and, once released, will care for themselves at home. Its goal is to offer patients education and guidance for the first 90 days after discharge, helping them be active participants in their own care and lowering the chance of being readmitted to the hospital.
Community Outreach Programming
A variety of outreach programs are available to promote healthy living, such as classes and educational courses for healthy eating, parenting, smoking cessation and babysitting instruction. Download the Northwestern Medicine Program Calendar .
ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program
For more than 10 years, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital has sponsored a program that teaches children—from kindergarten through high school—how to prevent injuries and think safety. Thought-provoking, upbeat programs are offered at schools and community groups, with hundreds of free bike helmets and booster seats given to those in need. Learn more about ThinkFirst Illinois.
When the Kane County Health Department announced in 2009 that its child immunization program was in grave danger of losing funding, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital embraced the opportunity to meet this critical need. Today, we vaccinate more than 1,800 children per year. Appointments are required. To schedule your visit, call 630.208.3999. TTY for hearing impaired 630.933.4833.
These programs are just a small sampling of how Northwestern Medicine gives back to the community. Every year, we file a report of our Community Benefit activities with the Illinois Attorney General’s office.