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Partners in Community

The Southwest System of Care aims to support all areas of healthy child, family and community development. To that end, the Southwest Organizing Project engaged Ada S. McKinley, Catholic Charities, Esperanza Health Centers, IMAN, Metropolitan Family Services, Neighborhood Housing Services and the Oral Health Forum in a collaborative planning process. This process engaged service providers with neighborhood schools to understand both the needs and aspirations of all in order to build a collaborative and coordinated model that reflects the complex needs and assets of our southwest side community.

Through implementation, community members voiced a desire for additional supports and services around housing and employment, leading the SWSOC table to expand and develop the Southwest Employment Collaborative (SWEC) that indcludes PODER, Youth Jobs Center, City Colleges of Chicago at Daley and the Greather Southwest Development Corporation.

Each of these institutions comes together in monthly Care Coordination Teams at schools and quarterly to plan and refine our model. Our model focuses on relationship building between institutions, between navigators and institutions and between families, navigators and institutions.

Southwest System of Care Partner Providers:

Ada S. McKinley

Catholic Charities

Children's Home and Aid

Esperanza Health Centers


Youth Jobs Center

Metropolitan Family Services

Neighborhood Housing Services

Oral Health Forum


Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)

Sinai Health Systems