McCormick Network
April 21, 2016 admin






About the Network:

Due to changes with its partnership with the Chicago Tribune, The McCormick Foundation has changed its grantmaking strategies from giving to individual organizations, to focusing on initiatives that leverage a network of providers to address problems in communities who need it most.   One of McCormick’s key giving areas is Health and Wellness, and geographic areas of interest are those communities on the west and south sides of Chicago where racial and economic disparities are most prevalent.  Due to this shift in its grantmaking strategies, the McCormick Health and Wellness Network was created to direct funds through a network of providers working in these communities doing work to further its mission of helping the most vulnerable populations.

Further information on McCormick’s strategies and approaches can be viewed on their website and a letter to it’s grantees outlining these changes can be seen here.

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2020-21 Funding Year 

After meeting with network organizations to reflect on the 2019-20 year and obtain feedback for where they would like to see the Network go, the following areas of interest emerged:

* Continued support through Shared HR & Recruitment Resources, Transportation Funds, Paid Internships, and PD resources through Network members.

* Technology:  Organizations are in need of guidance/resources/technology for data collection, Medicaid billing, and client engagement.

* Advocacy for transportation, updated information systems, and Medicaid funding.


2020-21 will be a year of planning, to bring these ideas to life.  In addition to the continued work from last year (recruitment, transport and internship funding), and with the help of our facilitator Jennifer Loudon, the following activities will be implemented to drive the project forward.

Here you can read our proposal to McCormick for 2020-21.

Medicaid Resources

Medicaid Billing Q&A: 

This document outlines Frequently Asked Questions that continue to emerge from the HWN Members as they explore the feasibility of Medicaid reimbursement –or ways to improve their current reimbursement systems. It is intended to serve as a living knowledge base for the network. This document will be updated frequently. Check back for updates!

Technology Resources

Making Wise Decisions Toolkit:

Produced by S.H. Cowell Foundation in partnership with B3 Consults and Public ProfitMaking Wise Decisions is a free step-by-step guide that aims to eliminate a very common and major struggle for mission-driven organizations: finding the right data system, or optimizing the one that’s in place.

Collaborative Meetings (2020-21)


2019-20 Funding Year

In 2018-19, organizations previously funded through McCormick who were working in these neighborhoods, providing services directed towards Health and Wellness, were brought together and given the opportunity to give feedback on what kind of support would be most meaningful to them.  PIE Org led these consensus building efforts and it was determined that there were five main activities that would provide value to their work and would help them to fulfill their missions more effectively.

In July of 2019 PIE Org was awarded a grant to act as the convening organization for this initiative, and began to develop a plan to deliver these key services to all organizations in the network. The following activities were planned and were implemented in the 2019-20 funding year.



Shared Recruiter

One of the outcomes of the McCormick Network’s activities is to increase the recruitment and retention of culturally responsive staff in order to increase access and delivery of culturally competent care in the most vulnerable communities for the most vulnerable individuals. To achieve this goal, Laura Watzke will serve as a shared recruiter for FY 2020-21, and has been continuing the work of Pat Belka sourcing talent and providing a funnel for high quality, culturally responsive staff.

In July 2020 Laura held an introductory meeting for the network. You can see the slide deck here and listen to the meeting here.

 University Pipelines

The shared recruiter has created a resource list that details university career services information which are aligned to the degrees most often required by social services organizations:  BSW, MSW, BA Human Services, MA Counseling, etc.  You can find that list HERE.

Besides well-known universities like the University of Chicago, Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola, U of I Chicago and Roosevelt U, the recruiter included universities with a greater percentage of bilingual students/alumni and students/alumni of color:  Northeastern U (48%), Dominican U (58%), Chicago State U (82%), Governors State U (52%), North Park U (32%), and Aurora U (39%).  As a part of the protocol for listing new job opportunities for network members, the shared recruiter chooses from a total of 14 universities and four professional schools and submits information to their career sites to funnel candidates to Network jobs.

Other Resources

Large Group Trainings (2019-20)


Network Led PDs (2019-20)

  • 10/25/2019:  Managing Stress (materials)
  • 11/4/2019: Vicarious Trauma (video)
  • 1/22/2020: Partnering with law Enforcement to Create Trauma-Informed Interventions (materials) (video)
  • 2/11/2020: Domestic Violence: Working with Healthcare Providers (materials) (video)
  • 2/19/2020: Understanding Partner Abuse Intervention Programs: Accountability and Victim Safety (video)
  • 3/10/2020: Leadership Development – For early leaders and clinical staff interesting in pursuing a leadership career path (video)
  • 3/12/2020: Executive Skills Coaching (materials)
  • 4/21/2010: Secondary Traumatic Stress (materials)
  • 4/24/2020: Sexual Abuse Prevention
  • 4/29/2020: Cultural Competency (materials) (video)
  • 5/4/2020: Interfacing with DCFS/Law Enforcement/State’s Attorneys (materials) (video)

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