Saint Anthony Hospital's Community Wellness Program provides information, assistance, and advocacy to families applying for many public benefits, like health insurance. Some public benefits are available regardless of immigration status, and citizenship applications are not affected by receiving health insurance or food benefits for which one is eligible.
Our Community Wellness Program can provide information on many public benefits and community resources in addition to the ones listed below.
We also offer older adults and seniors an opportunity to work with staff one-on-one, developing an individual connection for infromation on benefits, health insurance, and community-based services. The staff engage with both English- and Spanish-speaking seniors to help provide access to the resources they need.
We do our best at accommodating individuals walking into our Little Village or North Lawndale offices for assistance. To be assured of meeting with one of our public benefits specialists, please schedule an appointment by calling 773.523.5079 (Little Village) or 773.522.5299 (North Lawndale) prior to coming to our offices.
The Community Wellness Program helps families apply for Illinois All Kids, an insurance program for pregnant women and children under the age of 19.
The All Kids program offers Illinois uninsured children comprehensive healthcare that includes emergency room visits, physician visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care, and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers. Parents pay monthly premiums for the coverage, but rates for middle-income families are significantly lower than they are on the private market.
Benefits are available to children and pregnant women regardless of immigration status.
Formerly known as “food stamps” and also referred to as the LINK card, SNAP helps people with little or no income buy nutritious food. Our Community Wellness Program helps individuals and families apply. To qualify, individuals must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of five years or more and meet income requirements. Children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents may receive assistance even if their parents do not qualify.
The Affordable Care Act, a comprehensive healthcare reform law, impacts many families in Saint Anthony Hospital's community. The Act requires every individual to have some type of health insurance. Our Community Wellness Program has staff who are very knowledgeable about the Affordable Care Act and can answer questions about coverage and link individuals to resources so that they find the insurance plan that is right for them. Individuals may also be able to get financial assistance from the government to make this new health insurance affordable.
Our Community Wellness Program promotes the social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children as well as strong, healthy, parent-child attachments. Three free services provide an informal continuum of developmental support for both children and their parents: the Developmental Support Project, the Little Explorers play group, and the ACT against Violence workshops.
The goal of our Developmental Support Project (DSP) is to promote improved developmental care and outcomes for children birth-to-eight years of age seen by Saint Anthony Hospital’s affiliated physicians. To accomplish this, DSP provides:
Our child development specialists link children to the local Early Intervention and Chicago Public Schools systems; to rehabilitation services, like speech therapy; to Early Head Start and Head Start programs; and to other developmental and educational programs.
In 2014, DSP was named a "Program of Excellence" during Jackson Healthcare's Hospital Charitable Service Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.
We need a referral from the child's physician before he can participate in DSP. Then our child development specialists work with the children and their families over the telephone, in our office, or in the children's home.
Physicians: Download the Referral Form
Parents: Call our Little Village office at 773.523.5079 for more information.
The goals of Little Explorers are to:
Little Explorers meets once a week for two hours at St. Agnes Church in Little Village. Each week includes:
The group is for both mothers and fathers and their children between 1 and 36 months of age.
Space at St. Agnes is limited; pre-registration is required by calling +1.773.523.5079.
Adults and Children Together (ACT): Parents Raising Safe Kids was developed by the American Psychological Association.
The goals of ACT are to improve parents’ (and other primary caregivers’) parenting skills and practices that protect children from violence by increasing their knowledge of:
ACT is a free, 9-to-11 week, education workshop for parents with children up to the age of eight. Topics include:
Free child care is provided as often as possible in order to support both parents’ consistent attendance and full participation. As appropriate, activities for the children are incorporated in the workshops while their parents attend the group.
We offer ACT in both English and Spanish.
Learn how to reduce violence in your child’s life, and how to strengthen your relationship with your child. Day, times, and locations vary. Calling +1.773.523.5079 (Little Village) or +1.773.522.5299 (North Lawndale) to find out when our next ACT workshop is scheduled.
Our Community Wellness Program prepares teens to make informed choices about their health.
Partnering with schools and youth organizations in North Lawndale, our Community Wellness Program provides comprehensive and culturally competent information to adolescents about important health issues, including HIV, in order to help them make more informed and healthy choices. We also provide education and support to pregnant and parenting teens to improve birth and early childhood outcomes.
Our community resource educators use the Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) curriculum to present information related to reproductive health and the following topics:
We use the American Red Cross African American HIV Prevention to present information related to HIV and the following topics:
Our staff present information to adolescents but do not present opinions about choices they should make related to reproductive health.
For more information or to schedule a workshop at your school or organization, please call 773.522.5299.
Accessible health, nutrition, exercise, and insurance information is increasingly important to older adults, seniors, and members of their families, who are often their part-time caregivers. Yet information about providers, programs, services, resources, and preventive care is overwhelming, confusing, and fairly inaccessible. Because many federal, state, and city programs overlap, older adults and seniors need help understanding what services are available and whether they qualify, according to the Illinois Department on Aging.
Saint Anthony Hospital's Senior Wellness Program is one of the few programs in the city where older adults and seniors work with a counselor one-on-one, developing an individual connection for information on benefits, health insurance, and community-based services. The staff of our Senior Wellness Program engage both English- and Spanish-speaking seniors to help them understand the information, services, benefits, and programs that exist to help them maintain and improve their physical health and emotional well-being.
Senior Wellness Program benefits include:
Educational classes include:
Fun events include:
For more information or to access any of our Senior Wellness services, call our program manager directly at 773.484.4268.