Founding Members

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AllianceChicago was conceived and originally formed by four Chicago-based safety net health organizations who have served as the backbone of the organization throughout our history. Today, our founders continue to promote the articulation and evolution of AllianceChicago’s mission, undertaking this effort on behalf of a larger and growing set of participating health centers.


Erie Family Health Center

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Erie Family Health Center (Erie) provides high quality, culturally sensitive, integrated medical, behavioral health and dental care to residents on the West and Northwest sides of Chicago and surrounding communities, regardless of their ability to pay. Erie has 13 locations in Chicagoland, including seven primary care health centers—four with on-site dental care, the region’s oldest and most comprehensive stand-alone teen and young adult center and five school-based health centers. Erie cares for more than 70,000 medical and 12,500 dental patients, nearly three-quarters of whom are Latino/Hispanic (72%).

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Heartland Health Outreach

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The health care partner of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, Heartland Health Outreach (HHO) was founded in 1985 as a Health Care for the Homeless demonstration project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trust. Today, it is a community health organization dedicated to addressing the lack of quality care for Chicago’s many disenfranchised populations, including people who are homeless, poor, HIV positive, mentally ill, addicted and immigrants or refugees. Heartland Health Outreach’s services include primary care, mental health, oral health and substance use treatment. HHO believes everyone has a right to healthcare.
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Howard Brown Health Center

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Howard Brown Health is Chicago’s LGBTQ community health center and is one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ organizations. The agency serves over 27,000 people each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services and community initiatives. Howard Brown has six clinical sites, in Uptown, Lakeview, Rogers Park, Englewood and Hyde Park. The organization operates the Broadway Youth Center specifically for homeless and at-risk young people and its three Brown Elephant resale shops.
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Near North Health Service Corporation

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Near North Health Service Corporation (Near North) delivers both primary and ancillary health care services that include dental, social services and nutrition education to communities on the north, west and south sides of Chicago at seven comprehensive health centers, one school-based health center and two supplemental nutrition sites. Near North primarily serves uninsured, underinsured and low-income populations, seeing more than 45,000 patient visits annually.