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news News Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:25 AM - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:25 AM

Expanding community connections

Expanding community connections

The Chicago Shriners Hospital staff has made strides connecting with organizations, providers and families in our communities to increase the knowledge of the pediatric specialty care and services we provide. We care for children with insurance. We care for children without insurance. In 2019 we added community liasion Karen Montiel to manage our community efforts and expand our bilingual connections in the area.

Our hospital participated in more than 40 community events including health fairs, back-to-school events, expos, conferences and resource fairs. These included several new community partners who allowed us to share information about our services in their locations. One highlight was sharing the Operation game (highlighting our orthopaedic services for children) at a Morton College STEM day and resource fair.

Our hospital also expanded our presence into several new consulates to share information about the care and services we provide. “A partnership between Alivio Medical Center and the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago has opened many opportunities for us, such as the Ventanilla de Salud (Window to Your Health) initiative at the consulate, and community health fairs at area consulates,” Montiel said.

In 2019 we also connected with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services – Latino Advisory Council, and participated as exhibitor during its annual Professional Development Day in June and its annual Institute Day in October. 

Our community efforts extend to work on Triton College’s Area Planning Council (River Grove), Brighton Park Neighborhood Council in the Back of the Yards area (Chicago Southside), the Cicero Community Collaborative and the Health Services Advisory Committee with Casa Central (Chicago’s Northside). “The purpose of this work is to create and strengthen business relationships with current and new community partners,” Montiel said.

We are grateful for our partnerships that help us care for more children from more places, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Karen at Mexican ConsulateKaren at Ecuador Consulate