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Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities


Health is More Than Healthcare

Promoting the health and well-being of children and adolescents beyond the hospital walls is a critical part of our mission. For decades, Lurie Children's experts have partnered with community organizations throughout the city to reach youth where they live, learn and play and help them thrive. Now, with the support of philanthropy, we are excited to elevate this important work by launching the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities.

Named for our previous President & CEO, the Magoon Institute will continue his 23-year legacy of unwavering commitment to pediatric health within the community context. It will serve as the hub for all community-focused initiatives at Lurie Children’s, expanding the efforts of the Healthy Communities program that was established in 2017. We will continue to build strong collaborations with community organizations and facilitate community-engaged outreach and research initiatives to advance and implement evidence-informed child and adolescent health programs and practices.

News & Announcements

Healing Through Justice: A Community-Led Breakthrough Strategy for Healing-Centered Communities

Kellogg Foundation Awards $1 million grant to invest in the next generation of Chicago youth leadership and reimagine mental health in communities of color

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Community Initiatives & Partnerships

The Magoon Institute will lead Lurie Children’s as we strive to address the root causes of health disparities for children and adolescents. We know from listening to Chicagoans and analyzing data through our Community Health Needs Assessment that social influencers of health – including racism, poverty, poor access to healthcare, housing insecurity, food insecurity, unemployment, violence, and an unsafe physical environment – are deeply connected to worse health outcomes for many youth in Chicago and beyond. Addressing such social factors through our people, programs, and partnerships forms a large part of our strategy, as we work to fulfill our vision of a healthier future for every child.