Building a healthier Southland community

Through programs, services and grant opportunities, UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial is working with its Southland partners to improve the health of community members in the Thornton Township service area.

Ingalls identified the following health priorities in its 2018-2019 Community Health Needs Assessment:

Prevent and manage chronic diseases

Heart disease

Increase access to maternal health services

Prenatal care

Promote cancer awareness

Breast cancer
Prostate cancer

The next Community Health Needs Assessment will be published in June 2022.

Healthy Baby Network

Providing prenatal care and resources

To help increase access to maternal health services, the Healthy Baby Network (HBN) provides community-based prenatal care. This includes medical, nutritional and financial help to the women who need it most. In 2021, HBN enrolled 115 women, and with this program, there were 73 full-term HBN deliveries.

The program also provided nine car seats to families in the community. With in-person prenatal classes paused during the pandemic, HBN hosted a Drive-Thru Baby Shower which provided prenatal resources to 100 women.

Women who attended the Healthy Baby Network’s Drive-Thru Baby Shower received resources like diapers, books and pacifiers.

Meeting community health needs through education programs and funding

Day of Service and Reflection

Providing funding and support to local organizations

Through the annual Day of Service and Reflection (DOSAR), UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial sponsored seven community organizations, providing funds for them to use as needed. From youth arts programs to food pantries, these organizations were able to offer more services as a result of DOSAR.

Barbara W. Smith Family Life Center
BWS Family Life Center's mission is to connect with members of the community and assist them with housing and shelter, healthcare, and food.
Mexican Patriotic Club
Mexican Patriotic Club inspires and empowers youth through education, community involvement and the preservation of traditions and culture.
Restoration Ministries
DOSAR funds were used to support Restoration Ministries' Summer Arts Program.
South Suburban PADS
South Suburban PADS' mission is to prevent and end homelessness.
Thornton Township
Thornton Township offers many programs and services, including the second-largest food distribution center in the area.
You Matter 2
You Matter 2 provides youth with opportunities to serve and make a difference in their community
Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago used the DOSAR funding to support their food pantry at St. Irenaeus in Park Forest.