The University of Chicago Medicine conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) on a regular basis and develops a strategic implementation plan to improve the health of residents in our 12-zip code service area. The Community Health Needs Assessments are a systematic, data-driven approach to determining the health status, behaviors and needs of these residents.

UChicago Medicine Community Health Needs Assessment & Strategic Implementation Plan

Required by the Affordable Care Act, a Community Health Needs Assessment enables communities to identify issues of greatest concern and decide how to allocate resources to address those issues, thereby making the greatest possible impact on community health status. UChicago Medicine collaborated with the Alliance for Health Equity to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment of Cook County, which is included as an appendix to the report.

As informed by the 2018-2019 UChicago Medicine Community Health Needs Assessment the current health priority areas are:

Health Priority

Areas of Focus

To prevent and manage chronic diseases



To build trauma resiliency

Violence recovery

Mental health

To reduce inequities caused by social determinants of health

Access to care

Food insecurities


The 2018-2019 report includes the evaluation of initiatives since the 2015 UChicago Medicine Community Health Needs Assessment.

UChicago Medicine developed the 2020-2022 UChicago Medicine Community Benefit Strategic Implementation Plan to address the health priority areas identified through the Community Health Needs Assessment Report. Our plan provides an overview of efforts by the medical center to assess, prioritize and address the health needs of our community.

Community Health Profiles

Our community profiles provide current overviews of important health factors — including access to care, health behaviors, health outcomes, community resources and more — in several South Side neighborhoods.

Infographic of overall trauma activity from May 2018-April 2019

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Programs & Services

In collaboration with our dedicated partners, UChicago Medicine supports a variety of programs and services to strategically address complex health needs in South Side communities.

Programs & Services

Events & Outreach

Connect with UChicago Medicine at community events, including fitness classes, health fairs, educational forums, festivals and more. Find upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.


Grants & Sponsorships

UChicago Medicine awards grants and sponsorships to select community partners who share our commitment to improving health outcomes on Chicago's South Side.

Grants & Sponsorships