CHICAGO — In August, 2009, five west side agencies came together seeking to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health services delivered to their low-income and underserved clients.
Driven by mission and economic realities, and supported by a planning grant by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust, these agencies formed a dynamic collaborative called the West Side Collaborative.
The West Side Collaborative (WSC) is a strategic partnership between nonprofit social service providers. WSC was established to promote the holistic health and well-being of vulnerable populations in Chicago’s at risk West Side communities.
The five founding WSC agencies are Deborah’s Place, Facing Forward to End Homelessness, Cathedral Shelter of Chicago, Primo Center for Women and Children and Marillac Social Center.
This week, WSC hired Ms. Fran Copeland as Project Director, a position funded by the United Way. As Project Director, Ms. Copeland will implement a “medical home” across all of the WSC agencies, and will be responsible for the coordination of: prevention and health education; centralized on-site services; referral and follow-up; systems advocacy; and health service integration.
Ms. Copeland has over 25 years of key leadership experience in the health care field and brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and resources to the collaborative. Her most recent position was as Director of Business Development, where she developed a community network to expand health care services.
Under Ms. Copeland’s leadership, WSC will reach its goal to improve healthcare for 500 women, men, and children who live on the West Side. Innovative in its approach, this collaboration will impact the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare service delivery and will be a role model for Chicago’s nonprofit community.
The West Side Collaborative deeply appreciates the support of the United Way, whose generous funding made possible the hiring of this dynamic professional.
Information on the West Side Collaborative is available by contacting Audrey Thomas, Executive Director of Deborah’s Place, at (773) 638-6535 or email@example.com.
Ms. Copeland and representatives of the collaborative are available for interviews. Editor, reporter and photographer inquiries are welcomed. See the contact information above.