Read about our philosophy and progress
Rush’s Community Health Needs Assessment, or CHNA, for 2017–2019 provides an overview of the demographics, community resources and barriers to good health in the neighborhoods Rush serves. We developed the CHNA during 18 months of collaboration with community members; Rush faculty, students and staff (especially those who live in our service area); health systems and public health entities; community leaders and members; our colleagues in the Center for Community Health Equity based at Rush University and DePaul University; and those participating in the Alliance for Health Equity (formerly the Health Impact Collaborative of Cook County), a collaborative group convened by the Illinois Public Health Institute and consisting of 26 hospitals, seven health departments and more than 100 community-based organizations.
Rush’s Community Health Implementation Plan, or CHIP, for 2017–2019 used the findings of the CHNA to zero in on four main needs in the Rush service area: reducing inequities caused by the social, economic and structural determinants of health; improving mental and behavioral health; preventing and reducing chronic disease; and increasing access to care and community services. While the CHNA identifies our community’s barriers to good health, the CHIP is our action plan for dismantling them.
We combined our 2019 CHNA with our 2020-2022 CHIP to address the health equity challenges and solutions our communities face all in one place. In our 2019 CHNA, we worked with community partners to identify how Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as part of the Rush University System for Health, are building health equity and working to create healthier communities. Rush Copley Medical Center, another core part of our Rush University System for Health, worked with its community partners and data and community input from the areas it serves to develop its own CHNA and CHIP focused on health equity.
Our 2020-2022 CHIP continues to focus on the goals outlined in the 2016 CHIP and adds one new goal that focuses on maternal and child health outcomes. Many of the strategies remain the same, however, we've also added new ones and adjusted others based on our findings.
The 2018 Health Equity Report: Patient Care Through An Equity Lens examines who visits Rush for care, the conditions that bring people through our doors and how their outcomes reflect public health trends around health disparities that are largely related to race and ethnicity. This report, the first of its kind for Rush, is a launchpad for our work to continue improving the equitable delivery of health care to the communities we serve.
Rush’s Community Benefits Summary for 2017 is a report on work guided by the 2017-2019 CHIP. Rush invested $335 million in community benefits in 2017 across a range of efforts, including research, donations, Medicare/Medicaid programs, charity care and more.
What We Heard: Coming Together to Improve Health and Wellness on the West Side is the report that arose from a January 2017 meeting and 21 community conversations in which we talked about health disparities and other inequities with stakeholders who work, live, and congregate on the West Side. The foundational document of West Side United, this report summarizes the opportunities for improving health on the West Side and the feedback community members provided about the collaborative’s proposed goals. You can also learn more about our approach to the concept of the anchor institution in our Anchor Mission Playbook.