The nine vibrant and diverse neighborhoods comprising Chicago’s West Side are at the heart of the city’s civic and commercial vitality. Yet people in these neighborhoods experience rates of chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, hypertension and infant mortality rates far above the national average.
In January 2017, health care and civic institutions convened groups of people and organizations to share ideas and feedback on how to improve health. From there, West Side United was created.
The vision of West Side United is to improve neighborhood health by addressing inequality in healthcare, education, economic vitality and the physical environment. Partners include healthcare providers, education providers, the faith community, business, government and others working together to coordinate investments and share outcomes.