Health Disparities Resource Hub

Illinois hospitals and partner organizations are committed to addressing health disparities. They are filling in gaps in care and tackling social determinants of health—for better health outcomes.


Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital

A state-of-the-art Fitness Court has transformed a public space into a free community fitness hub, where individuals and families can stay active.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Unemployment, school absenteeism and poor mental health are all linked to a lack of preventive and routine dental care, as families and individuals often neglect dental care if they can’t afford it.

AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital

AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital works with the Evanston Fire Department to provide vulnerable individuals with free in-home medical visits, health education, home safety inspections and more.

HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Since 2016, hundreds of community members have responded to the call from HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital for baby items for the Pregnancy Care Center located on the hospital’s Belleville campus.

La Rabida Children's Hospital

Karmen, a high school freshman and patient of La Rabida Children's Hospital, was struggling with math and science, so the teen’s doctor recommended she work with a tutor at the hospital.

Norwegian American Hospital

The COVID-19 positivity rate was as high as 51% among patients tested in Norwegian American Hospital. By the end of April, hospital leaders launched a drive-through community testing tent.

OSF St. Luke Medical Center

In 2015, OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center began a free flu immunization program at the seven schools in Kewanee.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

The Peace Meal program fights food insecurity by providing seniors in east central and central Illinois with meals delivered to their home or served in religious congregations.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

With dental health an important component of overall health, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center is improving access to dental services through its mobile unit and dental office.

Silver Cross Hospital

The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has partnered with the Warren-Sharpe Community Center so children from low-income, high-risk families can create a community garden and urban farm.

Swedish Hospital – part of NorthShore

Staff at this Chicago hospital have partnered with the Center for Housing and Health to improve the lives of homeless individuals who frequently present to the hospital’s ED.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital

For children who lack dental care, a toothache can be a huge problem. To address the issue, hospital leaders spearheaded the creation of a workgroup with school officials and dentists.

The Loretto Hospital

A community safety net hospital, The Loretto Hospital began offering clinical trials in 2018. Hospital leaders are working hard to ensure minorities are represented in the trials.

Touchette Regional Hospital

Women in predominantly low-income communities often do not get mammograms or learn about early detection of breast cancer and its symptoms, putting them at a higher risk for the disease.

UChicago Medicine

Asthma is one of the most common chronic health conditions affecting children. Chicago is among the most severely impacted urban areas with hospitalization rates nearly twice the national average.