Englewood Neighborhood Welcomes New Community Health Center

Heartland Alliance Health Provides Vital Services for South Side Community

HAH Executive Director Ed Stellon and U.S. Representative Danny Davis cut the ribbon at the new Englewood Health Center

Chicago, July 20 — Today, Heartland Alliance Health (HAH), part of Heartland Alliance, celebrates with Chicago’s Englewood community to welcome the neighborhood’s newest community health center. An acknowledgement ceremony featuring local officials and community partners, as well as a family fun fair commemorated the occasion.

Located at 5501 S. Halsted St., the fully-operational health center opened to the public in the spring, and is Heartland Alliance Health’s third center in Chicago. The 7,900 square foot facility offers a full spectrum of services including: primary care, behavioral health/psychiatry, substance use treatment, insurance assistance, a pharmacy, lab and assistance with applying for housing through Chicago’s coordinated entry system as well as other supportive services. Showers and laundry machines are onsite and available for participant use.

Located in a part of Chicago that has experienced the closing of other healthcare agencies – and in the heart of a pharmacy desert – Heartland Alliance Health’s new facility increases access to care and provides quality and affordable services to everyone including individuals, families, those who are unstably housed, veterans, and those living with chronic medical conditions such as HIV & AIDS.

“We believe healthcare is a human right and that everyone deserves access to comprehensive services, including primary care and behavioral health – it is critical to helping people thrive and prosper,” said Ed Stellon, Heartland Alliance Health, executive director. “We are thrilled to share that we’ve cared for nearly 500 participants since the health center opened, and we look forward to becoming an even stronger resource as we work together to create a healthy community.”

The realization of the HAH Englewood community health center was made possible through the support of many strong corporate, philanthropic and community partners. Access to funding made available by Northern Trust and IFF was integral to the project’s success.

For over 30 years, Heartland Alliance Health has been providing strengths-based, trauma-informed healthcare for all, regardless of citizenship or health insurance status. Last year, the organization served more than 9,000 participants and community members at existing locations in Uptown and West Loop. The new community health center expands the grocery and nutrition services that HAH’s Vital Bridges Food Pantry has been providing for decades in the Englewood community at 151 W. 75th St.

About Heartland Alliance

Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. It provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice – and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society.

About Heartland Alliance Health
Heartland Alliance Health is a community health organization dedicated to transforming care for the most vulnerable—particularly people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, substance use issues or struggling with multiple chronic illnesses—improving health for all and for the well-being of our community. We believe everyone has a right to healthcare. To partner with Heartland Alliance Health, contact Katy Kelleghan kkelleghan@heartlandalliance.org or visit www.heartlandhealthoutreach.org.