HSHS hospitals receive Illinois grant for dialogue around health care equity

April 2024

Hospital Sisters Health System has received a Healing Illinois grant to foster discussion between central Illinois community members and health care professionals around equity in health care.

Healing Illinois is an initiative from the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Field Foundation of Illinois. Statewide, 184 recipients will receive $4.5 million in funding for community-based activities to advance racial healing. In Central Illinois, this grant is awarded by the United Way of Central Illinois. Earlier this year, HSHS received a Healing Illinois grant to support a speaker series in Southern Illinois.

The HSHS grant project is called "Revealing and Embodying Racial Healing for All People: Healing Central Illinois." The goal is to foster in-person dialog between community members and HSHS colleagues to advance racial healing.

The Healing Illinois grant project in Central Illinois will remember the 1908 Springfield Race Riots and the role of the Hospital Sisters at St. John's Hospital in offering care for all people regardless of race. Invited HSHS colleagues and community members will participate in two daylong programs in the weeks leading up to Juneteenth.

Participating hospitals will include HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville.


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