A health care safety net is a collective undertaking — woven from many strands. Erie partners with the following organizations to promote health, prevent disease and increase access to comprehensive medical, behavioral and oral health care services for Chicago’s medically underserved communities.
Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services
Erie is a founding partner of this alliance, which is comprised of four federally funded Chicago health centers that serve low-income, uninsured patients with multiple, complex health needs. The goal of the alliance is to pool the skills, expertise and resources of all four partners to achieve efficiencies of scale; access higher levels of technology and expertise; and provide the best possible health care for Chicago’s most vulnerable populations. Collectively, the alliance serves 130,000 low-income Chicagoans each year.
Erie partners with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Norwegian American Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital, J.H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and other Chicago-area hospitals to increase access to specialized medical care and state-of-the-art medical technologies. Patients who are in need of services not offered at Erie are eligible to receive care at these hospitals.
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Student podiatrists, supervised by a board certified podiatrist from the Dr. William M. Scholl College, serve patients at Erie’s Helping Hands Health Center, with a primary focus on foot care for individuals with diabetes.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
All Erie pediatricians, internists, OB/GYN physicians and family physicians have faculty status at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Northwestern medical students perform rotations at Erie to gain experience in a primary care setting. Residents in internal medicine train at Erie under the supervision of Erie physicians to learn about ambulatory care.
Erie, Northwestern and Norwegian American Hospital will be partnering in the new Family Residency Program launching in July 2010. Erie and Northwestern’s school of medicine also collaborate on research projects, including a breast cancer tracking system to address the alarming rates of breast cancer among Hispanic women in Chicago and the implementation of an improved model for comprehensive, cost-effective diabetes care.
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
University of Chicago medical students perform rotations in pediatrics at Erie as part of their medical school curriculum. Pediatric residents train for three years at Erie to learn about ambulatory care under the supervision and instruction of Erie physicians.
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Erie partners with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry to provide 60 days of hands-on experience for student dentists at Erie’s oral health centers. This firsthand experience at a community dental center enhances students’ social awareness and cultural competency and gives them valuable insights into health disparities and barriers to care.
Healthy Albany Park Coalition
Erie is a member of the Healthy Albany Park Coalition, a community-based coalition formed to improve the overall quality of life and well-being of Albany Park residents. Coalition members include community residents, local service providers, agencies and organizations, local business and schools. Erie partners with the coalition to provide health education and outreach programs for the Albany Park community.
Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness
Erie is a partner member of the Humboldt Park Empowerment Partnership-Community of Wellness Initiative, which works to integrate health considerations into every aspect of community development. Members of the initiative include housing, advocacy, economic development and social service organizations in Humboldt Park. Erie partners with the initiative to provide health education and outreach programs for the Humboldt Park community.
Chicago Public Schools
Erie has developed a strong partnership with the Chicago Public Schools to meet the needs of low-income students and their families. In addition to our three elementary school-based health centers, we collaborate with a number of public elementary and high schools to provide health and wellness education, family planning services and continuing health services for students after they leave the Chicago Public School system.