Immigrants and Refugees
The Health Trust commissioned Millennia Consulting to provide guidance to the Fund for Immigrants and Refugees on how to focus its grantmaking to meet health care needs. The report highlights priority health care issues, describes best practices in addressing these issues, and makes recommendations for funding strategies.
In 1997, the Open Society Institute’s Emma Lazarus Fund challenged other funders to respond to the disproportionate impact of new welfare legislation on immigrants and refugees. Twenty-seven Chicago-area funders took up the challenge, coming together as the Fund for Immigrants and Refugees. The Michael Reese Health Trust contributed to the Fund, and members of our staff served on its Steering Committee. The Health Trust was instrumental in ensuring that the health issues of immigrants and refugees remained a focus of the collaborative’s work.