Through community partnerships, the University of Chicago Medicine supports a variety of programs and services offering health-related benefits for South Side residents.

Current Health Priority Areas

Additionally, UChicago Medicine is committed to addressing health priority areas identified through the Community Health Needs Assessment. We support programs and services that address these health conditions in our 12-zip code service area.

  • Community Health Worker (CHW) Program: CHWs conduct home assessments and educational visits, serving as a liaison between patients' families and their primary care providers. Through these efforts, the CHWs are working across neighborhoods in Chicago's South Side to address social determinants of health (conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, etc. that affect a wide range of health outcomes and risks) as they relate to asthma and are assisting community members in their self-management of asthma. In addition to asthma, CHWs focus on other health issue areas as well.
  • Pediatric Asthma Center
  • Healing Hurt People
  • Project Fire
  • Safe Kids
  • Stop the Bleed Campaign
  • The Urban Resilience Network (TURN) Center
  • Violence Recovery Program (VRP): The VRP is a multidisciplinary team that provides support to victims of intentional violence and their families upon arrival at the UChicago Medicine Trauma Center. By engaging victims of intentional violence during admission and after their hospital discharge, VRP promotes comprehensive recovery and mitigate risks of polyvictimization via direct intervention and connections to community-based service providers.

Cancer

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

More Health Conditions

Exercise & Fitness Programs

The Community Fitness Program at the Museum of Science and Industry boasts 60 to 80 members who regularly walk and do aerobic exercise inside the museum’s confines. The program takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

In existence more than 21 years, this free program is designed to encourage healthy fitness habits and to help seniors integrate a regular exercise program into their health routines.

Registration is required.

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South Side Fit is a free wellness program. In addition to weekly fitness classes and other benefits, South Side Fit offers monthly health and nutrition workshops. Registration is required.

 Learn more and enroll in the South Side Fit program.