Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is dedicated to serving the distinct and diverse neighbors that surround the medical center.
The Department of Community Affairs serves as the liaison between the Medical Center and its neighbors, playing an active role in the development and enhancement of services and programs that are mutually beneficial. The department has initiated a variety of outreach efforts and programs, including the Coalition of HOPE,clergy forums, the Adopt-A-Family Program, the Dr. King Memorial Service and the Science and Math Excellence (SAME) Network initiatives.
Coalition of HOPE
Coalition of HOPE is a diverse group of agencies and churches throughout Chicago that came together for a common goal — to help families address challenges facing them. Marshaling resources enables the Coalition of HOPE to be more efficient and effective in addressing community needs and to empower its members, providing knowledge and resources so they can make a difference in the lives of the people they serve.
Twice-yearly clergy forums provide information, insights and resources for faith leaders as they care for congregations facing financial crisis, violence and other challenges. They also help faith leaders gain insight into their own health practices, because the more they know how to care for themselves, the more than can assist the people they serve.
The Adopt-A-Family Program was established over 25 years ago to assist families in need during the holiday season. Rush employees and supporters provide donations to the families, which are referred to the Department of Community Affairs from the Coalition of HOPE.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service
The Dr. King Memorial Service, held each year on the official celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, honors his sacrifice and service to mankind.
The Science and Math Excellence (SAME) Network is a large-scale community service enterprise operated by the Department of Community Affairs at Rush University Medical Center. The SAME Network was developed in response to the low science, math and reading test scores in Chicago schools in surrounding neighborhoods.
Formed in 1990, the SAME Network provides students in these neighborhoods with the same opportunities to learn math and science as are available to their peers in more affluent areas. Rush Community Affairs staff spearheaded the SAME Network’s first effort to improve education in the area by raising funds from the community to build state-of-the-art science laboratories in local schools that lacked these facilities. Since then, the SAME Network has grown into a collaborative between Rush University Medical Center and 25 elementary schools, 11 high schools and many Chicago-area businesses.