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American Heart Month with Dr. Tochukwu Okwuosa, DO

American Heart Month with Dr. Tochukwu Okwuosa, DO

February is American Heart Month. CommunityHealth advocates heart-healthy living year-round. Heart disease is considered the number one cause of death in the United States. American Heart Month addresses the risk factors and celebrates daily habits that strengthen...

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All In 2022-Event Series Recap

All In 2022-Event Series Recap

Every fall, Communityhealth hosts the All In™ campaign- a series of education, thought leadership, and networking events focused on generating solutions to help all Chicago residents access health care. We are working together to become the first major metropolitan...

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In Remembrance: Dr. Milt Goodman

In Remembrance: Dr. Milt Goodman

We are so sad to announce the passing of Milt Goodman, a long-time member of the CommunityHealth family. For over 20 years, Milt brought his gentle warmth to all those around him, not to mention the delicious pastries he would regularly bring into the break room for...

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Our first ever All In™ event EXCLUSIVELY for patients!

Our first ever All In™ event EXCLUSIVELY for patients!

CommunityHealth is proud to present, for the very first time, an All In™ open for patient registration ONLY! On September 3rd, CommunityHealth and a group of patient participants will visit Just Roots Chicago, a community urban farm, for a tour and cooking...

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Are you All In?

Are you All In?

How can we work together to become the first major metropolitan city to have a fully functioning system in place ensuring that every Chicago resident has access to the right health care, at the right time, in the right place?        ...

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Cooking classes are back!

Cooking classes are back!

For more than a decade, CommunityHealth has offered cooking classes to our patients, demonstrating how to make healthy, delicious recipes with affordable ingredients. Since spring of 2020, these classes have been on pause, but we are THRILLED to announce that as of...

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Oral Health Equity

Oral Health Equity

At what point did we decide that teeth are not a part of the body?   Despite the fact that tooth infection can lead to serious illness, despite the fact that oral health is directly linked to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, and despite the fact that millions...

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We Stand for Health Equity

We Stand for Health Equity

The mission of CommunityHealth is to serve people without essential health care. Essential health care includes reproductive health care and gender-affirming treatment. Health equity in the United States is under attack. The Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade...

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What is gender-affirming care?

What is gender-affirming care?

In 2021, Republicans in at least 25 states introduced over 60 pieces of legislation that directly target transgender youth, making it the worst year in history for the number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills signed into law. This year, South Dakota became the 10th state to...

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Meet CommunityHealth’s Director of External Affairs!

Meet CommunityHealth’s Director of External Affairs!

In keeping with our intention to make our organization as patient-centered as possible, CommunityHealth has initiated an important and exciting transition: the creation of an External Affairs team, led by our very own Laura Ciresi Starr. Previously, as the Director of...

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CommunityHealth launches the Healthy Homes Program!

CommunityHealth launches the Healthy Homes Program!

The CDC defines social determinants of health as "conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life risks and outcomes." Over the last several years, the health care industry at large has turned...

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The Passing of Dr. Arnie Widen

The Passing of Dr. Arnie Widen

This month, we lost a beloved member of our community, Dr. Arnie Widen (1929-2022). Dr. Widen was not only a member of our Board (and former President), but he served as a volunteer physician in the clinic for many years, both seeing his own panel of patients and...

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All About Enlace!

All About Enlace!

Last month, we shined a spotlight on Onward Neighborhood House, the location of our first telehealth-focused clinic site. This month, we're talking about Enlace Chicago, a social service agency located in Little Village, which will be the THIRD location where...

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CommunityHealth visits Guatemala!

CommunityHealth visits Guatemala!

  Earlier this month, Emily Hendel (Director of Clinical Services) and Miriam Barger (Care Coordination Manager) spent a week in Guatemala, visiting San Lucas and nearby villages in the region to provide health care. The journey was coordinated by Minnesota...

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Our Planet, Our Health

Our Planet, Our Health

This month, as we recognize both World Health Day (April 7th) and Earth Day (April 22nd), it's the perfect time to emphasize the inevitable truth that we need to care for the Earth in order to care for ourselves and each other. Climate change is the single biggest...

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All About Onward House!

All About Onward House!

Way back in 1868, a group of German, Scottish and Swedish settlers founded the Onward Presbyterian Church. Over the next century, the church evolved into an essential resource for immigrants in Chicago, serving as a school, a refuge, and a community center for...

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Colorectal Cancer at CommunityHealth

Colorectal Cancer at CommunityHealth

We're only about 80 days into 2022, but according to the American Cancer Society, the U.S. has already seen a total of 106,180 new cases of colon cancer and 44,850 new cases of rectal cancer. Though colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in...

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Future of Health: Patient Anecdotes

Future of Health: Patient Anecdotes

Our students overwhelmingly agree that it is the connection to our patient population that makes volunteering at CommunityHealth such a uniquely fulfilling experience. We asked them to share their fond memories, and they responded with enthusiasm! Check out the...

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Meet the Future of Health!

Meet the Future of Health!

Around 40% of our volunteers come to us through our partnerships with Chicago-area institutions such as Amita St. Joseph Hospital Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and many more. These hard-working...

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CommunityHealth’s Patient Advisory Council

CommunityHealth’s Patient Advisory Council

As part of CommunityHealth’s commitment to patient-centered care, we formed a Patient Advisory Council last year to hear directly from the communities we are serving. Though we have long conducted annual patient satisfaction surveys, we needed to create a platform for...

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CommunityHealth explores racial disparities in health

CommunityHealth explores racial disparities in health

In May of 2020, The Center for American Progress (CAP) reported that 10.6% of Black Americans and 16.1% of Hispanic Americans were uninsured (compared to 5.9% of white Americans without health insurance). CAP also noted that, in the U.S.: Nearly one out of every four...

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Clinic Updates Amid COVID Surge

Despite the significant surge of COVID-19 in Chicago following the holiday season, we have fared pretty well here at CommunityHealth. Though we did see infection rates rise among our patients, staff, and volunteers, we have been able to maintain the necessary services...

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2021 Volunteer of the Year Awards

2021 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Each December, we recognize the dedication of our volunteers with a holiday party and awards ceremony. Though the festivities had to be hosted online this year, the event was nonetheless a heart-warming reminder of just how incredible our volunteers are. A definite...

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Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

Everyone knows that a healthy diet is one of the best forms of preventative medicine. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two of our most common diagnoses at CommunityHealth, and both conditions are significantly impacted by the food an individual eats. A proper diet...

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