Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago has announced a $12 million gift from an anonymous donor to help the hospital's Healthy Communities program address child abuse, unmet mental health needs, and violence and its effects on youth.
The gift will support a broad range of the hospital's programs and initiatives, including its Juvenile Justice Collaborative, which connects youth involved in the justice system with community services to avoid incarceration; the evaluation of patterns of violence using the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System to provide opportunities for violence prevention; expanding access to its Humagram software tool, which will be included in a telemedicine platform and help doctors, nurses, and children's advocates determine if a child's injury is accidental or due to child abuse; streamlined mental health evaluations leading to patients receiving empirically supported group treatments, with follow-up individual therapy as needed; expanded training in recognizing trauma and intervening to support children will be provided at schools and other child-serving organizations through Lurie Children's Center for Childhood Resilience; and the new Survey of Children's Health in Chicago, conducted in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health, to measure health needs and public attitudes regarding mental health, child maltreatment, and violence involving and affecting youth.
"With this gift, Lurie Children's experts will be able to expand their reach, sustain and enhance partnerships with community organizations, and achieve broader and more lasting impact on the health of children in Chicago," said Matthew Davis, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and head of Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care at Lurie Children's Hospital. "For decades, our work with partners in the community has been critical to helping children grow up healthy, strong and resilient. This is a central part of our hospital's mission. We are determined to address the most pressing needs faced by children and adolescents where they live, learn and play in neighborhoods across Chicago."