Economic and Workforce Development



We invest in the communities we serve by employing diverse individuals and providing innovative training, education and development initiatives that help drive economic growth for under-resourced communities.

Our Progress

3rd largest private employer
in Illinois
NM employee working in the kitchen

Providing Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is working to improve communities in inspiring and innovative ways. One such example is how the Human Resources Department and a network of community organizations are collaborating to pool resources and create career programs.

30+ years of offering youth development programs

Investing in the future

  • More than 3,000 students currently participate in Northwestern Medicine programs
  • Partnering with 130 schools
$10.7 million spent
with businesses from under-resourced communities in fiscal year 2022

Investing Locally

$36 million spent with the Construction Diversity Program plus an Estimated 1,000 construction jobs and 100 health-related jobs created building Bronzeville Outpatient Center.


Organizations We Work With

In partnership with McHenry County College, the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation raises funds on behalf of the college to benefit both students and programs.

With support from Northwestern Medicine, the foundation launched Education to Empowerment (E2E), an exciting women's scholarship program that gives financial support and ongoing mentorship for female students completing their final year at McHenry County College and continuing onto a four-year college or university. Funds from Northwestern Medicine and others will enable the foundation to continue to operate the program with promotion, scholarship events, mentoring events and member recruitment.

Based in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Veterans Path to Hope works to uncover and provide the physical, emotional and other life needs that veterans face. From counseling to employment assistance to transitional living, the organization offers programs and services to help empower veterans.

Support from Northwestern Medicine has been dedicated to the on-site food pantry, which helps provide food to hundreds of individuals from veteran families with limited resources each month.

Bright Star Community Outreach has made significant contributions to the renewal of Chicago’s most vulnerable communities as a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Driven by hope for change in this city and the families that call it home, Bright Star’s presence has been marked by effective programming, social development, and advocacy; particularly in the 3rd and 4th wards of Chicago’s south side.

Bright Star / TURN | Northwestern Medicine Community Partnership Program - YouTube

The Bridge to Trauma Treatment | Northwestern Medicine