“Health cannot be a question of income;
it is a fundamental human right.”

— Nelson Mandela

Across virtually every health metric, the West Side of Chicago suffers disproportionately from higher rates of chronic disease, acute ailments and mental illness. This is the result of historic disinvestments, structural racism and inadequacies in the current health and social service system.

While a good health infrastructure and social service network exists, these are often “islands of care.” Between these islands are gaps. And this is where many fall through and step backward in their journey to wellness.

Wellness West was created to bridge these gaps.

Wellness West is the coming together of proven, well-respected health care and social service providers on the West Side. Its purpose is to create an unprecedented and uninterrupted continuity of care among hospitals, out-patient care, the social service network and community residents.

Wellness West, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is funded by the Healthcare Transformation Collaborative of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

WELLNESS WEST SERVICE AREA

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CDC – Social Vulnerability Index of West Side
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Source: Transformation Data & Community Needs Report: Chicago–West Side February 2021
20210226TransformationReportWestChicagoDigitalCMP.pdf (illinois.gov)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jose R. Sanchez
Humboldt Park Health
Chairperson

Donald Dew
Habilitative Systems, Inc.
Vice Chairperson

Israel Rocha
Cook County Health
President

Donna Thompson
Access Community
Health Network
Secretary

David Ansell, MD
Rush University
Medical Center
Treasurer

Tesa Anewishki
The Loretto Hospital

Matthew M. Davis, MD
Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Rashad K. Saafir, PhD
Bobby E. Wright
Comprehensive Behavioral
Health Center, Inc.

Airica Steed, EdD
Sinai Chicago

PARTNERS

Wellness West is a collaboration of leading hospitals, health systems, and community organizations representing hundreds of years of experience on the West Side of Chicago. Working together, this coalition is closing the gaps in the healthcare delivery system.

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Community Health Centers
Access Community Health Network
AHS Family Health Center
Alivio Medical Center
Aunt Martha’s
Chicago Family Health Center
Erie Family Health Center
Esperanza Health Centers
Friend Health
Tapestry 360 Health
Lawndale Christian Health Center
PrimeCare Health
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Community Mental Health Centers
Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center
Habilitative Systems, Inc.
Rincon Family Services
Healthcare Alternative Systems (H.A.S.)
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Hospital Systems
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Cook County Health
Humboldt Park Health
The Loretto Hospital
Rush University Medical Center
Sinai Chicago
Ascension Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
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Community-based Organizations
Bethel New Life
Breakthrough
El Valor
Equal Hope
Fathers Who Care
Gads Hill Center
Healthy Hood
North Lawndale Employment Network
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Spanish Coalition for Housing
Thresholds
United for Better Living
Westside Health Authority
Erie House
Taller de Jose
Universidad Popular
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Other Partners
Medical Home Network
Benford Brown & Associates
West Side United

NEWSROOM

Learn what’s new with Wellness West and its mission to create an unprecedented and uninterrupted continuity of care among hospitals, out-patient care, the social service network and community residents.

STORIES

Members of Chicago’s West Side community have compelling stories to tell about the challenges and solutions they face in seeking or providing wellness. Take a few minutes to meet some extraordinary people.

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Rigoberto Pantoja

Rigo has been a Community Health Worker (CHW) for Wellness West (working through Esperanza Health Centers) since February 2022. He works with patients every day in mostly Latino communities, across the West Side. He is an advocate, coach and assistant for his caseload of patients.

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Tristian Hendrix

Born and raised in Chicago, Tristian Hendrix joined Access Community Health Network as a Community Health Worker in April 2022, a position funded by Wellness West.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Building the Next Generation
of Healthcare Workforce

Wellness West is building a multi-faceted program to address staffing shortages faced by our partnering agencies while increasing job opportunities on the West Side of Chicago.

Immediate Opportunity: Training to Become a Certified Community Health Worker (CHWs)

Wellness West is sponsoring a five-day training course to become a CHW; for patients who have been referred by medical homes or other partner organizations within the collaborative. Talk to your medical home care team today to be referred.

  • No experience required.
  • A valuable entry-point to career in healthcare.
  • $500 stipend to complete the course.
  • Assistance getting interviewed and hired.

Wellness West wants to hear from you. Fill out the form below to be added to our mailing list, ask a question, or give us your thoughts.

Two Prudential Plaza
180 N. Stetson, Suite 600-1
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Fax 312-276-4168
info@wellnesswest.org