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Community Health

Our Community Health programs address many of the chronic community health issues facing low-income populations in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Surveys have found that prevalent issues include food insecurity, obesity, sexually transmitted infections, diabetes, heart disease, and mental health issues. We offer a variety of health education services, cost-free to participants, to address these critical community health needs. 

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2 young kids playing with hula hoops in the front of the building during the Back-2-School Fair with a volunteer. 1 younger black female, 1 younger black male and 1 older black male.

Back 2 School Fair

Held in August, the Back 2 School Health Fair promotes healthy activity and connects neighborhood families with school supplies, physicals, vaccines, and resources from our partner agencies. 

2 females and 1 male from the Know Your Status program standing in front of our Know Your Status mobile testing van.

Know Your Status

 Know Your Status offers no-cost STI and HIV testing, education, and outreach to reduce stigma, prevent new infections and link HIV positive individuals to services to achieve undetectable status. 


Public Health AmeriCorps

 Our Public Health AmeriCorps members act as health educators, counselors, and system navigators, helping participants manage their health and increasing community knowledge of healthy behaviors.

A hispanic female worker handing a bowl of food to a hispanic little boy.

Health Education

Healthy Lifestyles offers age-appropriate wellness workshops, education, and food demonstrations to build knowledge around a variety of health topics including cancer, diabetes, and mental health. 

3 members of our Community Health team, 2 hispanic females and 1 male.

Meet Our Staff

Get to know our Community Health staff. Learn more about their background, interests, and passion for this work. Collectively, we offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise from educational tools to health aids.

A hispanic female worker in the food pantry stocking items onto the shelves.

Food Pantry

Our in-house food pantry provides weekly food packets for participants and their families so they can focus on the programs they're enrolled in without worrying about their next meal. 

a diverse group of males and females sitting around talking and laughing.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized training that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness in their family, friends, community, and workplaces.

Success Stories

Partners & Funders

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