Care Coach Expands Services Through Partnership with Endeavor Health
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Endeavor Health continues its strong support of Rosalind Franklin University’s community health outreach program, which has expanded services through Endeavor’s Community Investment Fund (CIF).
RFU’s Community Care Connection (CCC) has used $1.75 million in CIF funds to improve the health of Lake County communities. The first grant was awarded in 2022. The funds have enabled the hiring of additional personnel and more than doubled the number of flu vaccines available to residents in need.
“The financial support provided by Endeavor Health’s CIF has been transformational, allowing our team to provide more health resources, health education and connections to collaborating community agencies to address social determinants of health,” said Family Nurse Practitioner Lupe Rodriguez, APN, RFU executive director of community engagement.
The CCC’s mobile health vehicle travels to more than 30 established sites and partner organizations, including public libraries, social-service agencies and overnight shelters for the homeless. Services provided by licensed healthcare professionals include free health screenings for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cholesterol and osteoporosis, as well as vaccinations and health-education programs.
CIF funds have allowed the CCC to hire an additional full-time nurse practitioner and two community-engagement liaisons; lease three electric vehicles to augment staff travel and services to clients; acquire more rapid-test kits for COVID-19, strep throat, urinary-tract infections and the flu; and increase flu-vaccine purchases from 400 to 1,000 doses.
RFU is the second-highest award recipient among 47 local organizations across the Chicagoland area collaborating with Endeavor Heath under the $21.4 million CIF program, which is focused on behavioral health, violence prevention, housing and food insecurity, access to care and workforce development.
“Our Community Investment Fund has made a remarkable impact since its launch in 2022, touching over 211,000 lives and supporting a significant expansion of behavioral health counseling, bilingual health education and mobile medical services in our communities,” said Kristen Murtos, chief innovation & transformation officer at Endeavor Health.