Alliance for Health Equity

The Alliance for Health Equity is dedicated to improving population and
community health in Chicago and Cook County through promoting health equity, capacity building, addressing social and structural determinants of health, systems change, and policy advocacy. The Alliance for Health Equity is one of the largest collaborative hospital-community partnerships in the country with the current involvement of 30+ nonprofit and public hospitals, seven local health departments, and representatives of nearly 100 community organizations serving on action teams.

Recommendations for the implementation of food and nutrition benefits of Illinois' pending 1115 waiver

This letter was created on behalf of the Alliance for Health Equity Food is Medicine Subcommittee and other food is medicine partners across the state of Illinois who support the Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ efforts to design and implement the Illinois Healthcare Transformation Section 1115 Demonstration. We truly believe that this waiver could situate Illinois as a leader in addressing health related social needs across a wide range of populations and settings and feel that food and nutrition benefits should be implemented early in coordination with other programs.

  • Read the letter sent to IL-HFS in April 2024 with partner signatures
  • Read the addendum to the letter with detailed values


In 2019, the Alliance for Health Equity completed a collaborative Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) for Chicago and Suburban Cook County. The report builds on the previous assessments and allows partners to identify strategic priorities that they can collectively address to improve community health. You can access a copy of the report and the appendices by clicking below.


Our Partners

Currently, 30+ hospitals, 6 local health departments including Chicago Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health, and nearly 100 community-based organizations are participating in the Alliance for Health Equity.

Need More Information?

For more Information, please contact Mediha Sayeeduddin at 312-786-5357.