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We take risks on new and experimental
ideas to improve the health of all Chicagoans.

At Michael Reese, we take big risks to launch bold ideas to ensure all Chicagoans can live healthy lives. But the health challenges facing Chicago are far too complex and entrenched for us to create structural change by ourselves. That’s why we partner with Chicago’s visionary leaders in the start-up phase of launching their innovative solutions.

As a public charity, we are uniquely able to pool funds together from multiple funders and to serve as a fiduciary agent. We have the infrastructure in place to internally manage new initiatives to distribute funding and get the project up and running quickly and efficiently. Providing this type of collaborative support is the best way to fuel innovation and change, allowing our partners to focus on the work they do best.

Health First Collaborative

The Health First Collaborative is redefining healthcare so Black, Latinx, uninsured and other disinvested communities in Chicagoland can reach and maintain healthy lives.

Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness

Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness is an intersectional funder collaborative working to align resources and unlock new sources of funding to prevent and end homelessness in the Chicago region.

Vaccine Corps Partnership

Vaccine Corps Partnership (VCP) is a collaboration of multiple stakeholders from across the Chicagoland community dedicated to coordinating resources and learnings to ensure all Chicagoans can access the COVID-19 vaccine while strengthening a public health workforce to pursue health equity beyond this current pandemic.

The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Community Violence

Through conversations with our grantee partners, we learned community homicides were impacted by domestic violence. Through a collaboration with Crown Family Philanthropies, we are working to stimulate pilot projects to address the intersection of domestic violence and community violence.