$16 Million Grant Propels a New Model of Integrated Care for Underserved Children in Chicagoland Area

November 15, 2022

The All Hands Health Network is a new model of integrated care that serves approximately 40,000 children per year on Medicaid living on Chicago’s West Side. Supported by a $16 million, 7-year award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the goal is to expand children’s access to quality healthcare and behavioral health services while also addressing the social influencers of health that can impact a child’s quality of life.

Launched in January 2022, this new integrated model of care is designed to serve children in three of Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods, Belmont-Cragin, Hermosa and North Austin (60639 and 60651). AHHN is an initiative funded through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation through a program called Integrated Care for Kids (InCK). Lurie Children’s acts as the lead organization of this program and is working together with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), other medical providers, community-based organizations, and other government agencies to form a network of organizations that are all working together for the benefit of children and their families. It recognizes that families’ needs are complex and that it takes many organizations working together to address those needs. As part of this model, Lurie Children’s is working with HFS and the five Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organizations to implement an Alternative Payment Model to help incentivize provider’s active participation in the program and to help sustain the program once the Federal award ends. Through community-focused collaboration, it is believed that the health and well-being of children will improve and strengthen families.

There is no charge to families for participating in AHHN services. Lurie Children’s is one of seven organizations throughout the country to receive this award. To learn more about InCK you can visit our website or the CMS website

Currently, participation in All Hands Health Network (AHHN) is limited to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) recipients ages 0-21 in zip codes 60639 and 60651.

This program is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $8 million with 0 percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CMS, HHS or the U.S. Government.