We Provide Funding • Resources • Advocacy


Access to Care

Charity Care

Northwestern Medicine provided more than $65 million in charity care last year, and continues to be a leading provider of charity care in Illinois.


We are one of the leading care providers for patients on Medicaid across Chicagoland.

Safety Net Providers

We collaborate with partners like Erie Family Health and Near North Health to bring world-class care to patients in underserved neighborhoods.


Stronger Communities

Reducing Violence

We provide funding and training to multiple community partners that offer trauma counseling and other support services to help people impacted by violence each year.

Employment Opportunities

Our employees represent 85 percent of Chicagoland ZIP codes, including some of the most economically-challenged areas.

Career Coaching

We help prepare people for employment through job fairs, interview skills training and resumé writing workshops.


Training the Next Generation

Youth Education

The Northwestern Medicine Discovery and Scholars programs encourage young people to pursue careers in health care.


Every year, Northwestern Medicine hires interns from across Chicagoland. Many come to us through our youth education programs.

Future Healthcare Providers

We train more than 2,700 nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers and other healthcare professionals every year.


Evidence Based Intervention

Community-Based Research

We help community members understand their health with personalized education that enables them to address these issues directly.

Healthy Lifestyles

We help our community partners teach residents how to eat healthy on a budget and improve their fitness.

Chronic Disease Management

We work with partners to create targeted and localized programs that address chronic conditions, such as diabetes.

Our Approach to the Community Partnership


Chicagoland is vast and diverse. It covers more than 10,000 square miles of cities, towns and neighborhoods. It's home to nearly 10 million people. Northwestern Medicine's Patients First mission means we are committed to making this vast community as healthy as it can be.

But no one organization can do that by itself. That's why Northwestern Medicine seeks out local leaders who know what's needed locally and collaborates with them to provide highly targeted support.

Our participation goes well beyond world class medical care and research by providing resources – funding and people – to support education and strengthen communities.

Because what makes our communities better, makes us all better.


Northwestern Medicine's Community Health Model and Organizations we support

Manifesto Health Communities Diagram

Community Health

Community Health Centers & FQHCs

Hospitals and Health Systems

Local Businesses, Pharmacies

Social Service Organizations

Mental Health Services

Faith Based Organizations

Community-Based Organizations


Public Health Organizations


Government and Related Agencies