According to its recently published annual Community Benefit Report, the University of Chicago Medicine provided more than $519 million in benefits and services to the South Side community in Fiscal Year 2019.
This contribution represents a 9 percent increase in investment over fiscal 2018 ($477.3 million) and includes uncompensated care, charity services, unrecoverable patient debt, medical education and research and other community support.
Community benefit programs and partnerships are guided by the Urban Health Initiative, UChicago Medicine’s division that works with community organizations on health-related programs, research, and services for South Side residents. UChicago Medicine’s Community Advisory Council, made up of civic and faith leaders, also provides guidance to the Medical Center on key community health concerns.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic has made tragically clear, health disparities in our South Side communities put residents at significantly higher risk for illness – whether chronic disease or viral infection,” said Brenda Battle, RN, BSN, MBA, Vice President of the Urban Health Initiative and Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Officer. “While UChicago Medicine has made robust investments toward improving health equity, there is a renewed urgency to quickly adapt to this changed landscape and join with community partners in addressing current and evolving healthcare needs.”
The 2019 Community Benefit Report highlights more than 50 community programs, partnerships, and initiatives, many of which focus on the South Side’s top health priorities, including: chronic disease (asthma and diabetes), violence prevention and trauma resiliency, and social determinants of health – underlying contributors to health disparities and chronic disease, like education level, poverty, unemployment, violence and community safety, access to care, and food insecurity.