Healthy Communities

Health is more than healthcare.

Lurie Children's mission is to improve the health and well-being of children. To achieve this mission, it is essential that Lurie Children's experts work outside the walls of the hospital in partnership with community leaders and organizations. We have to focus on what creates health for children, including social, economic and environmental issues. This is particularly important in Chicago, where life expectancy at birth varies 17 years depending on your neighborhood. Below is a summary of programs Lurie Children's and its partners are leading to advance health equity and create healthier futures for all children.


Join the Community Volunteer Corps to educate families about injury prevention at neighborhood festivals and fairs.

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Make an impact on child health and well-being. Sign up to contact your elected officials about legislation that advocates for children.

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For more information about Healthy Communities, contact us at 312.227.7996 or



Preventing Violence

Using a Public Health Approach to Prevent Violence

Preventing Violence

Promoting Healthy Food Access and Active Environments

Consortium to Lower Obsiety in Chicago Children (CLOCC)

Decreasing Obesity

Improving Resilience & Mental Health

Building resiliency and promoting access to high-quality mental health services

Improving Resilience & Mental Health

Preventing Underage Drinking

Preventing underage drinking through a community approach

Preventing Underage Drinking

Promoting Injury Prevention and Sports Safety

How we are working towards preventing unintended injury

Preventing Unintentional Injury

Supporting Adolescents/Young Adults & Promoting Inclusion

Ways we educate the community on child health and safety

Supporting Adolescents/Young Adults & Promoting Inclusion

Training a Diverse Workforce

Lurie Children's is working to expand and diversify the healthcare workforce.

Inspiring a Diverse Workforce