Trinity Health Awards $2.5 Million Grant to PPH | Loyola Medicine
Friday, March 4, 2016

Trinity Health awards $2.5 million grant to Proviso Partners for Health

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Proviso Partners for Health today announced it will receive $2.5 million in grants over five years from Trinity Health under Trinity’s Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI), a program that will result in the investment of about $80 million in grants, loans, community match dollars and services for six communities.

“We are extremely grateful to Trinity Health for supporting the excellent work of Proviso Partners for Health,” said Larry M. Goldberg, president and CEO, Loyola University Health System.

Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H) is a multi-sector coalition that formed in October, 2014 to advance action on childhood obesity in Chicago’s near west suburbs.

PP4H is comprised of Loyola University Health System, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, as well as Proviso-Leyden Council for Community Action, Proviso East High School, Quinn Community Center, Green Business Network and more than a dozen other community and social service organizations, government agencies and businesses. Chicago-area organizations such as Respiratory Health Association have also joined the effort and offered their support.

To date, the coalition has created 25 jobs, trained 32 students in sustainable agriculture, and grown 400 pounds of fresh produce at a community garden in Maywood. The food is then prepared at the Quinn Community Center soup kitchen. Partners have also leveraged resources to provide access to healthy food and programs to 150 children and teens.

“It’s an incredible story of transformation,” said Lena Hatchett, PhD, assistant professor and director of Community and University Partnerships at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. “In one afternoon, the Proviso East High School students will harvest the produce, walk it over to Quinn, cook it and serve it at the soup kitchen. Farm-to-table healthy eating right here in our community.”

Joanne Kouba, PhD, RDN, LDN, associate professor and director of dietetics education programs at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, has been working with PP4H and the Proviso Wellness Committee to bring healthy food choices to students at Proviso East High School. A successful “grab 'n' go” breakfast program led to this week’s expansion to include salads at lunch.

“The healthy choice should be the easy choice, but in many communities the healthy choice is not an option or difficult at best,” Kouba said. “The new refrigerated serving unit funded by PP4H makes the healthy choice fast, easy and fresh for hundreds of students every day.”

Trinity Health’s TCI grant will allow PP4H to renew its commitment to tackling obesity and expand initiatives aimed at reducing tobacco use – both of which are leading drivers of preventable chronic diseases and high healthcare costs in the United States.

Drew Martin, executive director of PP4H, said the TCI grant means having the financial resources to implement the vision.

“The purpose of PP4H is not just to improve the overall health of our area, but create a culture of health,” Martin said. “Now we can build a path toward sustainability and create an inter-connectedness between communities and ethnic groups that has been lost in this area for years.”

Recipients of Trinity Health's inaugural TCI grants will receive up to $500,000 per year for the next five years as well as a number of other supportive services, including technical, planning, and investment assistance. PP4H was awarded the full grant amount.

“The selected community partnerships have strong records transforming the health and well-being of their communities' most vulnerable populations already,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, Trinity Health senior vice president for Safety Net and Community Health. “We know we are investing where change will occur.”

A select list of strategies to be prioritized during phase one include:

  • Advocating for Tobacco 21 policies
  • Developing and implementing Complete Streets plans
  • Establishing nutrition and beverage standards and/or policies in Head Start programs, daycare centers and schools
  • Encouraging enhanced breast-feeding policies
  • Expanding physical activity in schools

While the program is slated for five years, program leaders have planned for long-term program sustainability by including plans for optimizing partnerships and leveraging local match dollars.

“We are excited to join PP4H and expand initiatives to reduce tobacco use,” said Kate McMahon, senior director, Respiratory Health Association, which has committed its support to this program. “Together, our efforts will help prevent tobacco use, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and promote community health.”

In addition to PP4H, the other TCI grant recipients are: Trenton Health Team, Trenton, N.J.; Live Well Springfield TCI Partnership, Springfield, Mass.; Healthy Montgomery, Silver Spring, Md.; Promise Partnership, Boise, Idaho; and Syracuse Health Coalition, Syracuse, N.Y.

Previously, PP4H received grants from Loyola University Health System, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.