Community Benefit at Northwestern Medicine

Through a range of community programs, Northwestern Medicine promotes healthier individuals and families.

Contact Us

To learn more about community programs offered by Northwestern Medicine:
Call 630.933.4234
TTY for hearing impaired 630.933.4833

Community Initiatives

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 DuPage

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 Cadence-health-information.

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.

Vaccine Clinic

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 Cadence-health-information activities with the Illinois Attorney General’s office.

Community Grants Program

Making a Difference

Does your organization have an activity or a program that will make a positive impact on the health of your community? If so, Northwestern Medicine wants to hear from you.

Northwestern Medicine Community Benefit grants provide financial assistance to designated nonprofit organizations, governmental or public entities who are working to address identified community health priorities based on their local community health needs assessments and/or community health improvement plans.

Priority Needs

For this grant cycle, Northwestern Medicine has chosen to focus on three categories that complement our health system's Community Benefit priority needs:

  • Access to Healthcare Services – Northwestern Medicine supports local service initiatives that decrease the number of residents in the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital primary service areas who indicate they had difficulty accessing health care services.
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse – Northwestern Medicine supports local service initiatives that invest resources and working collaboratively with community alliances to promote and support mental health and substance abuse programs.
  • Chronic Disease – Northwestern Medicine supports local service programs to reduce the prevalence and burden of chronic disease, in the areas of evidence-based primary interventions (disease prevention, health promotion), evidence-based secondary interventions (screenings) and evidence-based tertiary interventions (education to individuals affected by a chronic disease in an effort to promote an optimum state of individual wellness).

Applying for a Grant

To be eligible for a Northwestern Medicine Community Benefit grant, you must:

  • Be a community-based organization with a 501(c) (3) federal designation; or be an organization that is provided fiscal agent oversight by an established community-based organization with such designations; a school or government agency
  • Primarily serve residents of the Northwestern Medicine service areas in DuPage or Kane counties
  • Have a project or activity that addresses one or more Northwestern Medicine priority needs (access to healthcare services, mental health and substance abuse, chronic disease) and demonstrates measurable improvement

Complete the grant program application Cadence-health-information

Grant cycle: September 1, 2016–August 31, 2017
Proposals Due: Friday, July 15, 2016, no later than 5 pm
Funding announcements: No later than August 12, 2016
Submit proposals via USPS or electronically to:
Northwestern Medicine
Community Health Services: CB Grant Program
Attn: Karin Podolski
300 Randall Road
Geneva, IL 60134

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Northwestern Medicine Community Health and Outreach Department.

Grants Awarded in FY16

In FY16, Northwestern Medicine helped support these worthwhile organizations and programs among others with Community Benefit grants:

Agency Proposed Program Name CB Priority County (if applicable)
NAMI DuPage Education and Supportive Services Access to care, mental health DuPage
Tri City Family Services NM Scholarships for Counseling Clients Access to care, mental health Kane
DuPage Pads Medical Respite Program Access to care DuPage
World Relief Refugee Wellness Program Mental Health DuPage and Kane
St. Charles Baker Station CATCH Kids Club Obesity Kane
VNA Health Care Grant Application Step by Step: Chronic Disease Self Management Access to care, chronic disease, obesity Kane
West Chicago Park District CATCH Kids Club Obesity DuPage
Northern IL Food Bank Diabetes Prevention Education Obesity Kane
Senior Services Association Community Connection Collaboration/H&W Chronic disease, obesity Kane

Financial Assistance

At Northwestern Medicine, compassionate, medically necessary health care is provided to anyone in need, regardless of your insurance status or your ability to pay.

If you are uninsured, underinsured or likely to be responsible for a large share of your health care bills, we offer a variety of financial assistance programs to help you afford your care.

Team NM

At Northwestern Medicine, our commitment is to provide excellent and compassionate care to every patient we serve. But it’s also more than that - we have a desire to go beyond the physical boundaries of our health system to improve the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve.

That is the spirit behind Team NM, the employee volunteer program launched in May 2012, which offers Northwestern Medicine employees the opportunity to directly serve the broader community together. Team NM is another example of our strong dedication to our friends and neighbors in our local communities.

Team NM, with more than 1,000 volunteers and growing, is made up of energetic, enthusiastic individuals dedicated to giving back to the community through service events both large and small. By joining with the community in this way, the people of Northwestern Medicine are striving to build healthier places to live and work right here in Chicago’s western suburbs.

To learn more about Team NM or to inform us of a worthy cause you would like us to consider, please contact us at or call 630.933.1955. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.