“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
Jose R. Sanchez
Humboldt Park Health
Habilitative Systems, Inc.
Cook County Health
David Ansell, MD
The Loretto Hospital
Matthew M. Davis, MD
Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Rashad K. Saafir, PhD
Bobby E. Wright
Health Center, Inc.
Airica Steed, EdD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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