Community Benefit Programs
SIH Charitable Programs
CATCH on to Health!
CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) promotes physical activity, healthy food choices and tobacco prevention in elementary school aged children. With over 98% of American children attending public and private schools, schools are logical settings for health promotion programs, where continuous and intensive education can be delivered at low cost to children of all backgrounds.
SIH is directly working with the following schools who participate in the CATCH program: Prairie Du Rocher Elementary, St. John Lutheran School, Sparta Primary Attendance Center, St. Andrew Catholic School, General John A. Logan Attendance Center, Trico Elementary, St. Bruno Catholic School, DuQuoin Elementary, DuQuoin Junior High, Pickneyville #204, Christopher Elementary, Akin Elementary, Herrin Elementary, Jefferson Elementary (Johnston City), Washington Elementary (Johnston City), Lincoln Elementary (Johnston City), Crab Orchard Elementary, Adams School, Jefferson Elementary (Marion), Washington Elementary (Marion), Giant City School, Unity Point School, Trinity Christian School, Desoto Grade School, and Carterville Elementary’s After School program.
Emergency Oral Health Care
Your teeth have a big impact on your overall well-being. SIH noticed that Medicaid patients were making frequent visits to the ER for tooth related complaints, because they had no dentist to visit. Because our community partners recently increased their ability to provide oral health care for Medicaid patients, SIH is collaborating with them to care for patients in a timely manner – before oral problems become an emergency.
Kohl’s Cares For Kids
Proceeds from purchasing a $5 book or plush from the Kohl’s Department Store in Carbondale, go to help local school districts through the Kohl’s Movers and Shakers program. Through Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, funds received through the program are used to educate local school students and their families about the importance of physical activity and healthy eating for a lifetime of wellness. The Kohl’s Movers and Shakers program focuses on increasing physical activity levels of school age children through physical education curriculum and family education.
School districts currently participating in the Kohl’s Movers and Shakers Program include Carbondale High School, Carbondale District 95, Desoto Grade School, Giant City School and Unity Point School.
Medical Legal Partnership SI
The Medical Legal Partnership of southern Illinois is an innovative program that provides legal assistance to low-income and underinsured adults seeking medical care. This ongoing medical-legal collaboration between Land of Lincoln Legal Services and Southern Illinois Healthcare is addressing many of the social issues faced by patients contributing to their health care needs.
The project is focused on meeting the needs of individuals within the geographic service area of SIH, a 7-county service territory that includes Jackson, Williamson, Johnson, Perry, Saline, Franklin and Union Counties. Legal assistance is made available to patients on-site at a clinic or hospital in the areas of public benefits, disability, family, housing and consumer issues.
Project POWER is a program developed by the American Diabetes Association for African American church congregations. The overall goal of Project POWER is to educate about and prevent new cases of diabetes in the African American community. In addition, it is designed to teach those who are living with diabetes how to care for themselves.
SIH is a proud regional sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Start! Walking guide to local paths and parks. Walking is an easy, inexpensive way to help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, reduce the effects of stress, and lose weight. For every hour you walk you gain two hours of life expectancy. If you’re looking for a nice place to walk in your area, just look for the signs with the green Start! logo.
We Choose Health Southernmost Illinois
We Choose Health Southernmost Illinois is a multi-year initiative to encourage and support place-based policies, systems and environmental changes aimed at improving and sustaining health. Southern Illinois Healthcare Community Benefit staff is engaging with local-health departments and community partners in the lower 16 counties in Illinois to promote healthy eating and active living in schools and worksites, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing complexes and outdoor places, increase access to healthier foods and promote breastfeeding, improve our local built environment to increase opportunities for physical activity, and to improve the social and emotional health of students.
We Choose Health Southernmost Illinois is supported by a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), working in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health and southern most Illinois’ public health departments. Created by the Affordable Care Act, the CTG program supports states and communities that tackle the root causes of poor health so Americans can lead healthier, more productive lives. By promoting healthy lifestyles, especially among population groups experiencing the highest rates of chronic disease, WCH supports improved health, reduced health disparities, and helps control health care spending.