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Michael Reese has been at work for over two decades, committed to a healthy Chicago. Collaborating with our partners across the city, we are committed to funding ideas and opportunities that will have the greatest impact on our city.

Pooling Resources

Michael Reese is a proud member of The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities (PSPC), a coalition of more than 50 foundations and funders working together to identify and support community-led, evidence-based solutions the public sector can scale as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing gun violence. Since its founding in 2016, PSPC has committed $90 million to anti-violence efforts in Chicago, and is continuing to help advance programs that show great promise.

Collective Impact

Michael Reese is a lead funder of the Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative, an industry workforce partnership. Employers, training providers and other workforce stakeholders collaborate to increase employment, earnings and racial equity for underprepared workers in the Chicago region. As a lead funder and thought partner, we leverage our relationships and knowledge to catalyze and scale solutions with and across healthcare employers.

Turning Ideas Into New Standards Of Care

In 2002, Michael Reese provided funding to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for a “housing-first” pilot program that provided supportive housing to people with AIDS. Known as the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership (CHHP), the pilot was a groundbreaking success. Data from the study was used by cities across the country to model their own programs.

Domestic Violence Reports – Michael Reese commissioned these two reports on Domestic Violence in partnership with domestic violence service providers to understand the full landscape of domestic violence in Illinois and hear from the community on what ways we could best provide support. As a result, we restructured our grantmaking priorities to be cross-sector collaborations and long-term services.

This state-wide study was co-funded by Michael Reese and the state’s lead oral health funders: Delta Dental and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. The report recommended supporting the integration of oral health in primary care. Michael Reese used the findings to inform how we support our oral health priority in Chicago.

One of Michael Reese’s longtime priority areas has been to create a skilled and inclusive healthcare workforce. This report showed that with enrichment and engagement opportunities, more kids graduate. And more kids graduate with certificates that make them more eligible to join the workforce.

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