About Us

Michael Reese Health Trust is the foundation established when the not-for-profit Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center was sold to a for-profit corporation.  Carrying on the Michael Reese tradition, we have worked since 1995 to improve the health of the area’s poor, children and youth, people with disabilities, the elderly, immigrants and refugees, the uninsured, and others not adequately served by existing health care delivery systems.

Michael Reese Health Trust is a catalyst for change, an active player in improving the health and well-being of those in Metro Chicago, particularly its most vulnerable.

More than a Grantmaker… 




The Health Trust is more than a grantmaker: we are a catalyst for change, an active player in improving the health and well-being of the Chicago metropolitan community. Our staff and trustees participate in dialogues and share new ideas and proven strategies with grantee organizations, service providers, funders, and government agencies. We create opportunities to engage community stakeholders in collaborative problem-solving and program development.

The health care system we envision will require the resources of multiple sectors. Therefore we work with local, regional, and national partners, both private and public. We seek ways to leverage our funding and to disseminate lessons learned.