Advocacy & Research

Address
225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL
60601
Contact Email
Phone Number
Helpline: 800-272-3900, Business line: 847-933-2413
Fax
847-933-2417
Description

Serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield. Since 1980, the Chapter has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes.

Website Address
Address
225 N Michigan Ave , Ste 1200
Chicago, IL
60601
Phone Number
312-372-0471
Parent Organization
Description

The American Cancer Society provides free programs and services to local residents facing a cancer diagnosis, information on cancer prevention and early detection, and ways to get involved locally in the fight against cancer. Call 1-800-227-2345 to access patient services or to get more information about Society programs and events.
Hours: Local office 8:30 am to 5:00pm, M-F.
Volunteers: Needed to help plan and organize community events, provide services to patients including volunteer drivers, and assistance in the local office.

Address
1850 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL
60608
Contact Person
Janet Szlyk, President & CEO
Phone Number
312-666-1331
Fax
312-243-8539
Description

The Chicago Lighthouse is well regarded nationally as a model agency for the wide range of programs provided to make a comprehensive, wrap-around menu of services that address an individual’s changing needs across a lifetime. Through world-class programs in rehabilitation, education, employment and independent living, we improve the quality of life for individuals of all ages every single day.

Eligibility Requirements: Persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Public Notes

Housed under our roof are the nation’s oldest and most prominent Low Vision Clinic; one of the few clock manufacturing facilities left in the U.S. in which our visually impaired workers produce clocks that are distributed around the world; a nationally acclaimed school for children with multi-disabilities; an innovative Legal Clinic to assist people who are blind in combating discrimination; and a VA program to assist veterans in all 50 states.

Address
300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Audrey L. Thompson
Phone Number
847-448-8173
Description

Long-term Care Ombudsmen protect, defend, and advocate for residents by:

  • Informing residents and their families of their rights
  • Resolving complaints
  • Providing information on residents needs/concerns to their families, facility staff and their community and;
  • Advocating for good individualized care

The Ombudsmen Program is available to:

  • Residents of any long-term care facility
  • Friends and relatives of persons who live in long-term care facilities
  • Long-term care facility staff members and administrators with resident-related concerns
  • Individuals and families who are considering nursing home placement as a long-term care option
  • The community at large

 

When contacted, an Ombudsman will:

  • Listen to resident and family concerns
  • Keep all information confidential
  • Involve the resident and/or family in the investigation and resolution plan and
  • Seek to resolve problems within the facility

Reasons to contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program…

  • To report a problem or concern;
  • To seek information about long-term care facilities;
  • To learn more about Illinois’ Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; or
  • To get answers to questions about:
    -Facility services or standards;
    -Medical coverage;
    -Resident rights; and/or
    -Transfer or discharge.
Public Notes

Licensed Long-Term Care Facilities – Evanston Only

Organization Name
Address
1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 870, Evanston, IL
60201-4808
Phone Number
847-328-2256
Fax
847-328-0509
Description

Focuses on funding research that will advance patient care, and help develop and retain tomorrow’s teachers and clinical leaders in the specialty. Offers career development, fellowships and grant awards that are intended to advance the early research careers of individuals in dermatology and cutaneous biology.

Website Address
Address
1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 3000, Evanston IL
60201
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-786-5716
Description

Founded by students in 2006, the GlobeMed network engages over 2,000 undergraduates at 60 university-based chapters throughout the United States.

Each chapter is partnered one-to-one with a grassroots health organization in Africa, Asia, or the Americas. Through their involvement, our students and partners commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice.

Description

HIRCULES (Health Information Resource Centers Using Libraries in Evanston and Skokie) Health Hub. Stop by the Hub in the Evanston Public Library lobby on Wednesdays 3-6pm and Sundays 1-4pm to get connected to reliable health information and local health resources!

Website Address
Address
2211 N Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707
60707
Contact Person
Matt Larsen, Executive Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
773-444-0305
Description

The Illinois Spina Bifida Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life of children, adults, and families living with spina bifida.

Website Address
Address
17 N. State St., Suite 900
Chicago IL
60602
Phone Number
312-427-8990
Fax
312-427-8419
Description

At Legal Council, our programs serve individuals and families facing barriers due to chronic, disabling, and stigmatizing health and social conditions. All of our work combines direct representation, education, and advocacy across the city, state, and nation.

Individual Legal Representation:  We provide free, expert legal assistance to low income individuals. We help clients with the following issues:

Child health | Confidentiality & testing | Debt collection | Discrimination | Education plans | Employment | Future planning | Health screenings | Immigration | Insurance | Lead poisoning | Public benefits and much more. Get help now.

EDUCATION AND TRAININGS
In addition to legal counsel and representation to clients in need, our multilingual staff offers free training, technical assistance, and educational programs to service providers, case managers, social workers, agency administrators, physicians, attorneys, educators, student groups, and members of the general public.

If you would like to request a training or technical assistance for your group (in English or Spanish), contact our main office at 312-427-8990 or submit a request. Our staff will be happy to work with you to develop tools that best meet the needs and interests of your group.

Public Notes

Formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. 

Organization Name
Address
Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD,
21244-1850
Phone Number
800-633-4227, TTY/TDD: 877-486-2048
Description

Official U.S.Medicare database for researching home health care agencies by county or zip code.

Website Address
Address
70 E Lake St, Chicago, IL
60601
Phone Number
312-368-9070
Description

For more than 100 years, Mental Health America of Illinois has been the leading non-profit, non-governmental, statewide organization in Illinois concerned with the entire spectrum of mental and emotional disorders. MHAI is dedicated to promoting mental health, working for the prevention of mental illness and improving care and treatment for persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders.

MHAI maintains a number of initiatives and services to help carry out our mission to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses and improve care and treatment for persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders.

Initiatives:
•Consultation and Training Services
•Changing Minds Campaign
•Suicide Prevention Education and Outreach
•TeenScreen
•Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
•Disaster Mental Health
•School & Community Assistance Team (S.C.A.T.) Project

Website Address
Address
8320 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL
60077
Phone Number
847-716-2252
Description

National grassroots organization aids individuals and families coping with mental illness through support groups, educational programs and advocacy efforts.
Crisis hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Website Address
Address
117 Northfield Road Northfield, IL
60093
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-446-9434
Fax
847-446-0248
Description

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) is a local government agency responsible for controlling the regional mosquito population in order to reduce the risk of disease from mosquito borne illness and minimize the negative impact mosquitoes have on the quality of life in the municipalities of Deerfield (Cook County, east of Pfingsten Road) Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview (east of Pfingsten Road), Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles (east of Harlem Avenue), Northbrook (east of Pfingsten Road), Northfield, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka.

Please visit www.nsmad.com to report standing water that has remained for at least five days, report unusual biting mosquito activity or contact us with other questions.

Address
320 E Superior, Searle 11, Chicago, IL
60611
Phone Number
312-908-9339
Fax
312-908-8789
Parent Organization
Description

Conducts research to discover how the brain coordinates mental functions such as memory, language, attention, and emotion, and passes the benefits of this research to patients with brain diseases that impair cognitive function. Trains researchers and clinicians who want to work in this field.
Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Email
Phone Number
(847) 866-3000
Description

Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs, that are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.

Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.

The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation’s funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.

Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.

Public Notes

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

Website Address
Address
1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
866-976-8279, 847-866-3000 (?)
Fax
847-328-4101
Description

Founded in Evanston in 1905, the Rotary Club has grown to an organization of more than 1.2 million members. A re-creation of the first Rotary Club meeting place is on display as well as other historic items. It’ss international headquarters are in the One Rotary Center at 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston.

Public Notes

We have identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns. Through our network of resources and partners, we help clubs focus their service efforts in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A major focus is on polio vaccination and other development programs in Third world countries.

Organization Name
Address
5063 Shoreline Road, Route 59 & Kelsey Rd Barrington, Illinois,
60010
Contact Person
Karen Glay, Director
Phone Number
847-382-6010
Description

Working within the medical community, our facility provides a variety of hearing healthcare services including hearing assessments and habilitation, education, and counseling. Our office also fits and dispenses sophisticated hearing aids and related devices to suit all types of hearing loss and life styles. Assessments regarding the level of amplification that would be best suited to our patients are generally completed following a comprehensive hearing evaluation by a qualified licensed audiologist.
We also actively participate in the prevention of hearing loss through the provision and fitting of hearing protective devices, consultation on the effects of noise on hearing, and consumer education.

See www.suburbanhearing.com/digital-hearing-aid-loss-impaired-5002 for list of services. Free online hearing test available.

Organization Name
Address
Seymour H. Persky Building 6450 N. California Ave. Chicago, IL
60645
Contact Person
https://arkchicago.org/contact-us/
Contact Email
Phone Number
773-973-1000
Fax
773.973.4362
Description

The ARK provides free comprehensive care and support to Chicagoland Jews facing adversity. Dignified, quality wrap-around services help clients return to self-reliance.
Hours: Mon. and Weds., 9-7:30; Tues. and Thurs., 9-5; Fri., 9-2

The Medical Clinic of the Goldie Bachmann Luftig Health Center is open five days per week, including two evenings. Medical treatment is provided by volunteer physicians and The ARK’s professional medical staff. Patients make appointments to see internists, as well as cardiologists, gynecologists and other specialists. X-rays and other tests and procedures are performed at area hospitals at no charge to clients, through special arrangements. In addition to a food pantry and meal service, The ARK offers free optical, pharmacy, financial and employment counseling, social services, mental health day-programming and interim housing.

Organization Name
Address
1840 Oak Ave, Suite 320, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Dafna Lender, Program Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-256-7334
Fax
847-256-7370
Description

Theraplay is a child and family therapy for enhancing and building attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction 
between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions at our Evanston clinic create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

The Theraplay Institute specializes in helping children with:
• Shy, withdrawn, or clingy behavior
• Acting-out, angry, or disruptive behavior
• Defiant, oppositional or controlling behavior
• Behavioral problems at school or with peers
• Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Developmental disorders such as Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders
• A history of trauma, abuse, or neglect
• Attachment disorder due to adoption or multiple changes in living arrangements
• A history of social deprivation due to living in an institution
• Psychological trauma due to medical care or serious illness

Website Address
Address
848 N. Dodge Ave Ste. 104, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Email
Description

The West African Health Initiative seeks to deliver lifesaving support to West Africa by bringing comprehensive medical treatment and supporting research in all areas of medicine, specifically HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer.

Website Address
Address
1730 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Rita Kaye Wert
Phone Number
800-755-1321
Fax
866- 503-WCTU (9288) (Toll-Fre
Description

Organization devoted to total abstinence from alcohol. Publishes factual, current information about alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs for pre-school children through adults.

Offers annual essay contest for children grades 4-12.

Public Notes

For information about the history of the WCTU, Frances Willard, or historical temperance issues, please contact the Frances Willard Memorial Library and Archives in Evanston, Illinois.

You may leave a message at 847-864-1397, or send your inquiry by email to archives@franceswillardhouse.org. Please put “Reference Inquiry” in the subject line of your email message. You may send an inquiry by postal mail to:
Frances Willard Memorial Library and Archives
1730 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, Illinois 60201.

The Frances Willard House in Evanston, Illinois, is open for guided tours on the first and third Sundays of each month from 1 pm to 4 pm (except holidays). Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under; there is no charge for members of the WCTU or Frances Willard Historical Association . The Willard House Museum is also open for special tours by appointment. If you would like information about the Willard House, or to arrange a tour or become a docent, please call calling 847.328.7500, email tours@franceswillardhouse.org, or visit the website at www.franceswillardhouse.org.

Organization Name
Address
One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, 3rd Floor, Evanston, IL 60201
60201
Contact Person
Mimi Neathery, PsyD
Phone Number
866-364-2300 Ext. 233
Description

Yellowbrick is a private, physician-owned and -operated psychiatric healthcare organization whose mission is to provide a full-spectrum, specialized approach to the emotional, psychological and developmental challenges of young adults, 18-29.

Public Notes

Yellowbrick Foundation is a not for profit organization whose mission is to support research, training, community education regarding the emotional, psychological, and developmental challenge of emerging adults, ages 18 to 29.
Contact Jesse Viner, MD, Director, jviner@yellowbrickprogram.com or call 866.364.2300 ext. 222.

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