Protecting Access to Care
Healthy communities are better communities. During the pandemic, Northwestern Medicine donated supplies and information, which helped protect front-line employees from infection so organizations like Erie Family Health were able to continue to deliver the care people needed most.
Northwestern Medicine quickly pivoted during the pandemic to anticipate community needs beyond care delivery. In the face of new economic hardship, some of Chicagoland’s most vulnerable residents struggled to access fresh food. Northwestern Medicine partnered with more than 30 local organizations to help combat hunger.
Helping People Access Emergency Supplies
Critical donations of personal protective equipment from Northwestern Medicine helped more than 40 community organizations during the pandemic. This assistance meant organizations like The Boulevard were able to remain open to help adults experiencing homelessness.
Addressing Mental Health Needs
As the number of COVID-19 cases increased in Chicago, so did fear and anxiety among residents. Northwestern Medicine worked closely with 13 community groups to address mental health needs. With a technology grant from Northwestern Medicine, Bright Star Community Outreach in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood was able to ensure people had a safe space to discuss their feelings.