West Side United believes that four impact areas – Economic Vitality, Education, Health & Healthcare and Neighborhood & Physical Environment – are the keys to reduce the life expectancy gap between downtown and the West Side of Chicago.
Since 2017, we have made an impact across the board, including a few examples below:
West Side United and its partners identified 5 causes of death that explain nearly 70% of the life expectancy gap. While each neighborhood is different, these drivers include some of the greatest health needs on the West Side. Inequities in healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and the physical environment contribute to worse outcomes across these drivers.