The Coalition for Healthy Communities (CHC) began in 1995 as a collaboration between Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) and leaders from Zion, Winthrop Harbor and Beach Park. They recognized that they faced similar health and wellness issues and that by working together, they could make a bigger impact.
The group’s initial discussions identified five areas of greatest opportunity:
- Adolescent substance abuse
- Cultural Diversity awareness
- Parenting/teen sexuality education
- Immunization for young children
- Access to primary health care
In 2002, the Coalition was granted a 10-year funding grant from the Lake County Health Department. This partnership improved the Coalition’s reach and impact, and included the creation of a long-term, strategic plan for the CHC.
While staying true to it’s roots, additional priorities have been identified over the years. Task Forces – smaller groups of passionate members – have been created to focus on certain issues and find solutions.
These Task Forces are:
- Community of Character
- Community Partnerships
- Community Wellness
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Zion-Benton Leadership Academy
The CHC is a fully volunteer, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It now represents over 35 different agencies, organizations and individuals, all working together toward improving our communities. With a mission of creating “A Community Without Barriers”, the Coalition is committed to growing and evolving to address those issues of importance to its stakeholders. We welcome new member organizations and individuals.
Coalition for Healthy Communities general meeting takes place on the first Friday of every month 7:30am
at the Zion-Benton Public Library (2400 Gabriel Ave, Zion, IL 60099).