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 businesses have received the WSU Small Business Grant
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Invested by WSU partners to finance West Side community projects
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Meals distributed through the Live Healthy Chicago program to target communities
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In financial donations to support the Cluster of Care Hub at Herzl School of Excellence
We’re looking to continue this progress by investing in initiatives, partnerships, and grants. Click below to learn more.
People who live in Chicago’s West Side have a projected life expectancy that is up to 14 years shorter than those who live downtown. This life expectancy gap is driven by inequities in healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and the physical environment.
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.