Many in the Chicago area are asking themselves how they can help address the inequities that exist in Chicago's neighborhoods. In lieu of this year's Rush Associates Board Casino Night event, we are asking for help to strengthen health equity in the West Side neighborhoods where lives are at greatest risk.
Health equity means everyone has an equal chance at living a healthy life. But as the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare, many Chicagoans living in under-resourced neighborhoods face barriers to health equity that go beyond access to quality health care. A lack of access to good jobs, education, housing and food exacerbate health disparities and create unacceptable life expectancy gaps in our city. Here, the average resident of West Garfield Park has a life expectancy that is 16 years shorter than those living in the Loop, and that was before the pandemic.
COVID-19 has shown we have much more work to do to ensure health equity in Chicago. Rush is committed to closing this gap; it’s what our neighbors and our city deserve.
The time will come when we can gather again and spin the roulette wheel to “bet on Rush.” But the Rush Associates Board needs your help now to support the vitally important community programs that have made Rush a leading voice nationally for promoting health equity during COVID-19 and beyond. Join us as we help Rush break down barriers to health for all.
To learn more, please contact Marthe Golden, associate vice president of strategic engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Rush Associates Board
United by their passion for and commitment to Rush’s mission to provide the best health care for the individuals and diverse communities Rush serves, the Rush Associates Board is a group of professionals who are emerging corporate and civic leaders in the greater Chicago area. They are accomplished individuals who act as ambassadors for Rush University Medical Center and share a common goal to advance Rush’s patient care, encourage groundbreaking medical research and reach out in service to the surrounding Chicago community.