Fund for Innovation in Health

In keeping with our mission to honor Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center’s Jewish legacy, The Fund for Innovation in Health was initially established in 2001 with a $5 million endowment in recognition of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Centennial.  The Fund’s grant decisions are administered by the Jewish Federation.  Grants are allocated on the basis of projected impact on improving the health of vulnerable individuals in the Chicago Jewish community.  The Fund is open to agency applicants that are affiliates of the Jewish Federation.  Eligible agencies apply for grants directly to a review committee composed of board members of the Michael Reese Health Trust and the Jewish Federation.

Total amount that has been given to the Jewish Federation and its affiliates for grants as well as administration of the Fund for Innovation in Health: $3,967,406

For additional information regarding the Fund for Innovation in Health, contact Karen Galin, Senior Planning Associate, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, 312.357.4746, KarenGalin@juf.org.

Fund for Innovation in Health 2015 Grantees:

Chicago Jewish Elderly and JCC $41,500

For Research effort to assess health and wellness needs of Jewish seniors on the near-north side of Chicago.

Jewish Child and Family Services $70,000

For the Jewish Center for Addiction-Prevention Help and Hope program, which provides services that assist Jewish individuals and families impacted by substance abuse to seek and access help both within and outside the Jewish Community.

Jewish Child and Family Services $50,000

For the Jewish Healing Network, which provides members of Chicago’s Jewish community struggling with illness and loss with help identifying and accessing healthcare, social service and spiritual resources to promote healing.

Holocaust Community Services Program/The ARK/EZRA Multi-Service Center $50,000

For addressing unmet dental needs in the community, utilizing already in-place intake procedures and processes to provide free or subsidized dental services, and provide financial assistance to address dental needs of those who would otherwise not have access to these services.

Fund for Innovation in Health 2014 Grantees:

Chicago Jewish Elderly $52,024

To support the Shift to Managed Care Initiative, to provide seamless service to community members receiving long-term care through CJE residential or community based services as the shift to managed care under health care reform, and the Medicare and Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) go into effect.

Jewish Child and Family Services $70,000

Support for the Jewish Center for Addiction-Prevention Help and Hope program, which provides services that assist Jewish individuals and families impacted by substance abuse to seek and access help both within and outside the Jewish Community.

Jewish Child and Family Services and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago $52,976

For the Healthcare Initiative-Healthcare Guide, in order to build JFMC agency capacity to provide low and moderate income households with the extra support and guidance needed to make informed health decisions in the midst of Medicaid reductions and scheduled healthcare reforms.

Jewish Child and Family Services $50,000

For the Jewish Healing Network, which provides members of Chicago’s Jewish community struggling with illness and loss with help in identifying and accessing healthcare, social service and spiritual resources to promote healing.

Holocaust Community Services Program/The ARK/EZRA Multi-Service Center $45,000

For addressing unmet dental needs in the community, utilizing already in-place intake procedures and processes to provide free or subsidized dental services, and provide financial assistance to address dental needs of those who would otherwise not have access to these services.

Fund for Innovation in Health 2013 Grantees:

Chicago Jewish Elderly $52,024

To support the Shift to Managed Care Initiative, to provide seamless service to community members receiving long-term care through CJE residential or community based services as the shift to managed care under health care reform, and the Medicare and Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) go into effect.

Jewish Child and Family Services $70,000

Support for the Jewish Center for Addiction-Prevention Help and Hope program, which provides services that assist Jewish individuals and families impacted by substance abuse to seek and access help both within and outside the Jewish Community.

Jewish Child and Family Services and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago $52,976

For the Healthcare Initiative-Healthcare Guide, in order to build JFMC agency capacity to provide low and moderate income households with the extra support and guidance needed to make informed health decisions in the midst of Medicaid reductions and scheduled healthcare reforms.

Jewish Child and Family Services $50,000

For the Jewish Healing Network, which provides members of Chicago’s Jewish community struggling with illness and loss with help in identifying and accessing healthcare, social service and spiritual resources to promote healing.

Holocaust Community Services Program/The ARK/EZRA Multi-Service Center $45,000

For addressing unmet dental needs in the community, utilizing already in-place intake procedures and processes to provide free or subsidized dental services, and provide financial assistance to address dental needs of those who would otherwise not have access to these services.

Jewish Child and Family Services $35,000

For the Jewish Healing Network that provides comfort and care for members of the Jewish Community dealing with illness, addiction, and bereavement by addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families in a Jewish context.

HIAS $14,370

For the Safety Net Through Citizenship for Immigrants with Disabilities, which helps disabled immigrants and refugees achieve access to quality health care through U.S. citizenship by assisting with disability waivers, interpretation and interviews.

Jewish Child and Family Services $10,000

For a Substance Abuse Planning Grant for launching a new community program, “Jewish 12-Stepping,” a monthly series of workshops that address