Our Grantees

Grant Healthcare Foundation exists to support organizations dedicated to improving the health of the people of the Chicago area. We support direct health services and health education programs that have long-term positive effects on the health of the community. Our featured grantees and their programs are highlighted below.

The University of Chicago PROJECT ECHO

Grant Healthcare Foundation is excited to spotlight our support of the work of Dr. Daniel Johnson and his colleagues at the University of Chicago Medicine as they initiate Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). This is an innovative model designed to increase access to best practice care for complex, chronic disease management in disadvantaged, underserved communities. It uses regularly scheduled video teleconference sessions to connect University of Chicago subspecialists to primary care providers in federally qualified health centers on the south side of Chicago. The sessions function as "virtual rounds"; specialists share their medical expertise and provide training in state-of-the-art practices for chronic diseases, while community providers present challenging patient cases for discussion.

ECHO sessions initially focused on resistant hypertension but now offer five additional programs with within their curriculum, including Child and Youth Epilepsy and Hepatitis C. ECHO training gives community providers the expertise and confidence to deliver state-of-the-art, evidence-based care to their patients in a local community setting. Patients do not have to travel outside their community to receive care and do not have to endure long waits for an appointment with a specialist. Project ECHO is growing rapidly, from an initial 6 community partners to a current list of 30 community health centers and community hospital outpatient clinics. This revolutionary model is transforming the way physicians practice medicine and care for the underserved. Project ECHO reduces barriers to specialty care and creates a network of community providers trained to address the most pressing health issues in the communities they serve.

 

SINAI HEALTH SYSTEM

Grant Healthcare Foundation is proud to highlight its support over the past several years of Sinai Health System's Psychiatry and Behavioral Health program for adults as well as their Under the Rainbow program for adolescents.

Sinai Health System's member institutions have served since 1919 as a critical provider of emergency, specialty, primary/outpatient and community health services to now over 1.3 million Chicago residents, many of whom face dwindling medical and mental health care options coupled with growing health care needs.

As the largest provider of mental health services in west Chicago communities, Sinai's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health provides adult inpatient hospitalization, emergency services and a full array of outpatient services. Sinai's outpatient adult mental health programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in outpatient treatment, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, case management/services coordination, community integration and psychosocial rehabilitation.

Grant Healthcare Foundation has supported most recently Sinai's Under the Rainbow (UTR) program which provides outpatient therapy program for children, adolescents up to age 18, and their families. UTR evaluates and treats adolescents, many of whom have experienced abuse, neglect and other trauma, for mental and behavorial health disorders. Sinai Health System remains a very important safety net provider of healthcare services to many underserved neighborhoods on the southwest side of Chicago.

 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD
OF ILLINOIS

In recognition of Grant Hospital of Chicago's long history of excellence in reproductive care, Grant Healthcare Foundation has, since its inception, been a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Grant Healthcare Foundation agrees with Planned Parenthood's belief in the fundamental right of individuals to manage their fertility, regardless of income, race, marital status, age, sexual orientation or religion.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois traces its roots to America's first birth control clinic opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 1916. The Illinois Birth Control League made family planning services available in Chicago in 1923 and continued to do so after incorporation as a Planned Parenthood affiliate in 1947. PPIL operates eight health centers in the metropolitan Chicago area in addition to nine downstate locations and services over 60,000 patients annually. Their services include breast exams, pap smears, HPV and Hepatitis A and B vaccines, comprehensive birth control services, screenings for high blood pressure, anemia and diabetes, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing and counseling, pre-pregnancy counseling and education, pregnancy testing, abortion services and prenatal referral services including adoption referral. The services provided at their health centers, all of which are Title X family planning program sites, help Illinois women to avoid over 38,000 unintended pregnancies each year, averting 19,000 unplanned births and 13,000 abortions. These services also save the state government $258 million in public funds for prenatal, delivery and infant care - amounting to $5.61 saved for every $1 spent on contraceptive care. PPIL also sponsors educational programs that promote understanding of the individual and societal implications of human sexuality and lead to informed and responsible decision making.

Grant Healthcare Foundation has helped Planned Parenthood of Illinois in the building of their two largest health centers, Near North and Aurora and has awarded general operating support to strengthen this most vital organization.

 

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