Why Build A Community Relations Program?. Community Relations is becoming a standard business practice in this country - approximately 90% of big companies in the U.S. are making some type of investment in community relations efforts.
Ensure that your rationale for community engagement is reflected in your business, vision and/or mission statements.
If it is important to your organization, then it should be part of the core mission and values of the company.
Our mission is to provide superior health care in a compassionate manner, ever mindful of each patient’s dignity and individuality.
To accomplish our mission, we call upon the skills and expertise of all who work together to advance medical innovation, serve the health needs of the community, and further the knowledge of those dedicated to caring.
The University of Chicago Hospitals Office of Community Affairs is committed to building strong and meaningful relationships with the surrounding community and recognizes that these relationships enhance its position at the forefront of medicine.
The level of leadership of a company’s community relations efforts is a reflection of the company’s true commitment. If the efforts are important, then they must have voice & influence through senior level staff.
UCH Primary Service Area
Although our neighborhood remains predominately economically poor, there are pockets of relative affluence throughout the area. This graph shows that there are meaningful percentages of households with incomes greater than $50,000 in every community area in our neighborhood. The areas with the most significant increases in income were Grand Blvd (13%), Kenwood (16%) and Washington Park (11%).
This graph shows the increase in housing sales prices in the neighborhood. The blue bar represents sales price changes for detached, single family homes since 1994. Sales prices have increased dramatically since 1994 in Grand Boulevard and Kenwood (200%), Hyde Park (100%), South Shore and Woodlawn (50%).
Day of Service & Reflection
Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit
Hospital Tours for Schools
Service Learning Initiative
Preparing For Adolescence
Health Communities Access Program (HCAP)
Expo For Today’s Black Woman
Bud Billiken Day Parade
Summer Health Fair Series
Small Grants Initiative
Community Fitness Program
Community Speakers Group
Science Fair Judging
Community Bus Tour
Hyde Park Academy Shadowing
NBC 5 Health & Fitness Expo
2. Develop a inter-departmental community relations task-force
3. Plan a service day