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Answering the call of our community

Monday, May 16, 2016

We’re all familiar with those areas in the city where people in low-income communities are significantly at risk. Jobs are scarce, food and shelter needs aren’t being met, and there is limited access to quality healthcare.

But it may surprise you to know that the northwest suburbs are also home to thousands of underserved people. Many are without access to sufficient food, clothing, shelter and healthcare. In fact, more than 35 percent of those living in and around the area of Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) live below the 200 percent federal poverty line and 12 percent of adults ages 18 to 64 don’t have health insurance.*

Whose job is it to help these people who are under-resourced, underserved and often overlooked? It’s ours. “Alone we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller.

For our part, NCH has developed programs and services – some in partnership with local organizations – that aim to provide greater access to care for the under-served and improve the well-being of the entire community.

Recently, not-for-profit hospitals have become legally obligated to prove that they give back to their community in order to maintain their non-profit status. But NCH has been doing this long before it was legally mandated. Year after year, NCH has donated funds, volunteered time and provided charity care to thousands of people in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

Learn more about NCH’s role in the community. Visit the website or download the latest Community Benefit Report.

*Source: Professional Research Consultants, 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment

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