Telligen Community Initiative Invests in Health in West Chicago

Health promoter to join West Chicago Neighborhood Network; Advance United Way health initiatives

Telligen Community Initiative has selected United Way of Metropolitan Chicago as the recipient of a $49,920 grant that will be used to hire a health promoter to work with families in West Chicago, a United Way Neighborhood Network community.

In partnership with We Go Together for Kids, a community collaboration of more than 40 local partners, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago launched its second United Way Neighborhood Network in the West Chicago community in August 2014.  The Neighborhood Network model concentrates and integrates services in education, income and health within a community to achieve maximum impact and lasting change.

“Health promoters are central to our Neighborhood Network model, said Wendy DuBoe, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. “This grant allows us to make a measurable difference in this community by supporting families and individuals in directly improving their health outcomes.”

Telligen Community Initiative provides philanthropic support to innovative health and community-based projects throughout Iowa and Illinois. Since its inception, Telligen Community Initiative has provided $1.25 million in grants. Grants are distributed annually to help nonprofit organizations focused on education, health and community programs.

“Through a coordinated strategy working together with partners, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago will implement programming to increase awareness, provide opportunities to practice healthy behaviors, and make healthy weight approaches more accessible to the most vulnerable students and families of School District 33,” said Matt McGarvey, Executive Directors of Telligen Community Initiative.  “United Way and their Neighborhood Network initiative are effectively integrating schools as a critical venue for embedding health promotion that works with the entire family.  We’re excited to be a small part of supporting this important community model.”

The health promoter hired through this grant will plan and develop ways to help families in the community improve and manage their health though programming like healthy meal planning and establishing a regular exercise routine.


About United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is part of a network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. Locally, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) support system includes North-Northwest United Way, United Way of DuPage/West Cook and South-Southwest Suburban United Way. UWMC serves as the backbone organization generating coordinating resources across funders, service providers, government and civic leaders to delivery large-scale, measurable and sustainable impact across our region. Additional information is available at

About Telligen Community Initiative
Telligen Community Initiative seeks to empower organizations and citizens to improve their individual and overall community health.  Our funding support is designed to initiate and support innovative and forward-looking health-related projects aimed at improving health, social well-being and educational attainment.  Our funding focuses on project support in Iowa, Illinois and Oklahoma in the areas of health innovation, health for the underserved and healthcare workforce development.