Prevention

When it comes to physical health, many of the programs we invest in are aimed at prevention. We fund organizations and activities that promote physical activity and nutrition, access to care and health literacy.

Physical Activity & Nutrition

People who are at a healthy weight often have a lower risk of developing other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. How do you achieve and maintain a healthy weight? Experts say exercise and eat right. But what if you live in the inner city or a rural area where there are few safe parks or playgrounds? And eating right isn’t easy if you only have access to – or can afford – fast food, not fresh food. We’re committed to doing our part to help people take control of their weight, their health and their lives.

Our partners and programs include:

  • KaBOOM! – We built our 23rd playground in Decatur at Old King’s Orchard Community Center.
  • YMCA of Springfield – We funded a first-of-its-kind youth fitness center in Central Illinois that will serve 17,000 young people.
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank – We fund their Nutrition Education Program which encourages children ages 5-12 to eat healthy by taking an active role in the preparation of meals.

Access to Care     

Many people in Illinois don’t have a doctor they can turn to when they get sick; some either go without treatment or turn to hospital emergency rooms for routine problems. Those choices can leave them without an ongoing plan of care and can drive up the cost of care for everyone. We partner with organizations that offer coordinated care options right where people need them, including:

  • CommunityHealth, the nation’s largest free clinic, which serves more than 11,500 local residents.
  • Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, a network of 42 clinics across Chicago, the collar counties and rural areas.
  • TASC, Inc.’s Enhancing Health Literacy & Care Access Among Underserved, Justice-Involved Populations in Cook County helps find care for those in the criminal justice system.

Health Literacy

What is a copay? What’s the difference between an HMO and PPO? What are considered health care benefits? Getting insurance is just the first step –   understanding insurance can be even more challenging and frustrating for people. To help Illinoisans increase their health literacy, we support:

  • Be Covered Illinois, a grassroots education and outreach organization that helps families and individuals understand options available under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s HelpHub: Enhancing Technical Assistance and Training Center for Care Coordination and Health Care Access, a portal to support care coordinators.
  • EverThrive Illinois Connecting Communities to Care, a health literacy coalition.