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, Crab Orchard Elementary, Carterville Christian Preparatory Academy, Pinckneyville Elementary District #50, St. John Lutheran School – Red Bud, Immanuel Lutheran, Carbondale New School and Carterville Elementary’s After School program.

Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: Take Charge of Your Health: Live Well, Be Well Diabetes and chronic diseases are ones many people face, but you do not have to face them alone. SIH and our partners offer Stanford University’s Diabetes Self-Management and Chronic Disease Self-Management program in locations throughout southern Illinois. The FREE 6 week program is offered to teach skills to help you improve you health, increase physical activity, improve nutrition and much more. To find a class near you call 618.457.5200 ext 67837 or visit

Emergency Mental Health Referrals

Your mental health can have an impact on your overall health and well-being. SIH staff noticed that people in need of mental health services were coming to our ERs for mental health services, because they were unaware of where to go in a crisis. SIH is collaborating with a local mental health agency to divert patients from the ER to receive the proper services and reduce wait time in emergency rooms related to mental health, by getting patients help in a more timely manner.

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.

Health Ministry Programs

Health ministry is a ministry within a church, mosque, synagogue or other faith community that addresses the issues of health and wellness, healing and wholeness. It does this by calling upon an individual’s spiritual and faith resources as well as medical and physical resources. Health ministry brings all of the caring ministries of the medical and faith community together under one umbrella.

Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network and Healthy Communities Coalitions

One of the many goals of our work with community partners is to “Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice.” SIH partners with the Healthy Communities Coalitions in the lower 15 counties of Illinois to form the Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network and the Healthy Communities Coalitions. By working together with many partners we know we will have better success in improving the health of those in our area.

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.

Start! Walking

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.

Angie Bailey, Community Benefits Manager
Phone: 618.457.5200 ext. 67834

Lisa Nation, Community Health Coordinator
Phone: 618.457.5200 ext. 67837

Jo Sanders, Health Ministry Coordinator
Phone: 618.457.5200 ext. 67830

Cherie Wright, School Health Coordinator
Phone: 618.457.5200 ext. 67844