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Community Checkup

Our Community Investment Fund partners address wellbeing, health equity and economic growth.

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Partnerships Making an Impact

This video series spotlights community partnerships and initiatives making a positive impact on the health and wellness of our neighbors.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) | Rohingya Culture Center (RCC) | Community Checkup 2022 | The AUX | Rosalind Franklin University | Between Friends | YWCA | ASPIRE | The Friendship Center | Partners for Our Communities | Highwood Library & Community Center | Exploring the Simbulance & Healthcare Careers

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI)

Episode 16

December 7, 2023 - Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is partnering with the NorthShore Community Investment Fund to help expand mental health services and student counseling at Chicago’s Budlong Elementary School.


Episode 15

August 12, 2023 - Learn about the inspiring journey of Betzy Berganza at the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, one of NorthShore’s Community Investment Fund partners. Starting as a volunteer with the YWCA in 2007, she is now helping lead the charge facilitating healthcare access across language, insurance and other barriers. Today, as director of health and human services, Berganza is proud to work expanding services and mammogram offerings to in-need patients throughout our community."

Rohingya Culture Center (RCC)

Episode 15

June 27, 2023 - Learn how the Rohingya Culture Center (RCC) of Chicago is serving the education, wellness and social service needs of Chicago’s growing Rohingya and refugee community and why having a home of their own is so meaningful to this long-persecuted minority.

Community Checkup 2022

Episode 14

February 20, 2023 - As the NorthShore Community Investment Fund kicks off its second year, Gabrielle Cummings, president, Legacy NorthShore Acute Care Operations and Evanston Hospital and NorthShore Hospitals, welcomes new 2023 partners and reflects on how the fund empowers community-based organizations in their efforts to support local wellbeing, health equity, economic security, and access to care.

Community Checkup: The AUX

Episode 13

December 27, 2022 - Join us on a sneak-peek tour of The AUX, a visionary new wellness center and commercial hub for Black entrepreneurship in Evanston, opening in early 2024

Community Checkup: Rosalind Franklin University

Episode 12

November 21, 2022 - Climb aboard the Community Care Connection mobile bus, as the Rosalind Franklin University street team offers healthcare on wheels in Lake County neighborhoods.

Community Checkup: Between Friends

Episode 11

October 26, 2022 - Let’s check in with the inspiring clients and staff, including the newly funded bilingual counselor position, at Between Friends, a powerful organization helping survivors of domestic abuse feel safe, heal and thrive.

Community Checkup: ASPIRE

Episode 10

September 28, 2022 - Learn how the ASPIRE program is inspiring students to explore health care careers, through robust learning opportunities and partnerships with local organizations. A career in healthcare may be closer than you think!

The Friendship Center

Episode 9

August 23, 2022 - NorthShore Community Checkup series host Jenise Celestin goes behind the scenes at The Friendship Center, a food pantry and so much more, which feeds its Lincoln Square neighbors with dignity and personalized care.

Partners for Our Communities

Episode 8

May 24, 2022 - When a person in need walks into Partners for Our Communities in Palatine, Illinois, they can access everything from a health checkup to GED classes, to a bag of fresh groceries from the food pantry, to daycare services and more!

Highwood Library & Community Center

Episode 6

April 11, 2022 - In the first of our series spotlighting our 2022 Community Investment Foundation partners, we visited with Highwood Library & Community Center executive director Carmen Patlán and her incredible team. What inspired a library to offer healthcare services, how did they earn the trust of their community, and how will they use their grant to expand mental health resources and counseling?

Exploring the Simbulance & Healthcare Careers

Episode 7

November 23, 2021 - Step behind the scenes of our partnership with Niles Township District 219 focused on nurturing the next generation of healthcare providers.

Removing Barriers for Healthcare Careers

Episode 5

October 21, 2021 - This fantastic program allows college students to explore a career in healthcare with all expenses paid and job interviews upon completion.

Teens Mental Health & Wellbeing

Episode 4

September 23, 2021 - Tips for talking with your kids, warning signs for mental health issues and local school resources, including our partnership with Glenbrook District 225.

Bike Safety and Why it Matters

Episode 3

August 19, 2021 - It’s important to understand the proper precautions one should take to ensure a safe ride. In this episode, we’ll explore proper helmet fitting, how to stay safe throughout your ride and more.

Farmers' Market Insights + Healthy Living Tips

Episode 22

July 15, 2021 - Our friends from the Skokie Farmers’ Market and expert Pediatrician Dr. Lynn Chehab share the inside scoop on Skokie’s longstanding destination market PLUS hot tips for getting your kids (and adults) excited about trying new veggies.

Building Trust for a Healthier Community

Episode 22

June 17, 2021 - The closer we get to herd immunity, the closer we are to protecting our whole community from COVID. But how do we reach those who are hesitant? In this episode we explore how Evanston has partnered with local faith communities to inspire trust and acceptance of the vaccine.