Category Archives: Health & Medical Advocacy

National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Illinois Chapter

  National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Illinois Chapter  
  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research, offers more services to people with MS, provides more professional education programs and advances more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Through its home office and fifty-state network of chapters, the National MS Society provides assistance to over a million people annually in its continuing mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.  
Address:  910 West Van Buren Street, 4th Floor
  Chicago, IL 60607
Contact:  Danielle Estler
Phone:  (312) 423-1136

Campaign for Better Health Care

The Illinois Campaign for Better Health Care is a grassroots coalition of more than 300 local and statewide organizations representing consumers, health care workers and providers, community organizations, seniors, religious, labor, disability rights organizations and other citizens concerned about health care and wellness. These groups share the mission/vision described below: The Campaign for Better Health Care believes that a health care system that serves the people must come from the people. Therefore, the Campaign is committed to grassroots organizing efforts to insure public input in the creation and ongoing oversight of a system that responds to the health care needs of all people in our nation. The Campaign’s vision of health encompasses community health and wholeness and measures high quality health care by high quality of life. Our vision of health understands the social roots of ill health: poverty, unemployment, poor housing, inadequate education, environment degradation, racism, sexism and homophobia. Website: Chicago Office1325 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 305Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: (312) 913-9449 Fax: (312) 913-9559 Email Address:

Human Resources Development Institute, Inc.


Human Resources Development Institute, Inc. (HRDI) is a community-based behavioral health and human services organization. HRDI is a non-profit agency which was founded in 1974 by a group of community health advocates on the South Side of Chicago concerned with mental health and substance abuse problems plaguing their communities. These advocates successfully structured culturally-specific programs to address those problems. Today, HRDI is a leading provider of behavioral and community healthcare services in Illinois, serving nearly 15,000 clients annually, and offering more than 40 programs at over 20 sites throughout the Chicagoland area Mississippi, Alabama, Nevada and Pennsylvania. HRDI provides services in mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, community health and comprehensive case management, prevention and education, criminal justice, educational,and children and family services.

222 South Jefferson Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661
(312) 441-9009
7(312) 441-9019

ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter

ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter
The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA covers all the bases – research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy – in providing help and hope to those facing the disease. The mission of The ALS Association (ALSA) is to find a cure for and improve living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Research The Association’s multifaceted research program includes peer-reviewed investigator-initiated scientific studies, cure-directed ALSA-initiated research and scientific workshops focusing on supporting ALS researchers. Since 1991, ALSA has awarded nearly $30 million to fund research seeking to identify the cause, means of prevention, and cure for ALS. Currently, ALSA-funded scientists are looking into 15 different research areas relevant to ALS. Advocacy The ALSA network plays a lead role in advocacy for increased public and private support of ALS research and health care reform that responds to the demands imposed by ALS. ALSA monitors and provides its national grassroots network of passionate volunteers with the information and support needed to keep healthcare professionals, the biotech community, the media and lawmakers abreast of challenges, as well as opportunities at hand in the ongoing fight against the disease. Patient and Community Services ALSA helps patients and families cope with the day to day challenges of living with ALS by providing information, resources, and referrals to many sources, including a wide variety of community services. Public Education & Awareness Through public outreach, media relations, and the Internet, ALSA continually raises awareness about ALS and the search for a cure.
Address: 220 W. Huron St.
  Suite 4003
  Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-932-0000

Aids Legal Council of Chicago

Aids Legal Council of Chicago
In 1987, the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago was started in a Chicago apartment by a small group of volunteer attorneys determined to meet the unique legal needs of people with HIV. Today ALCC has grown to a staff of twelve, delivering free legal services to more than 1,000 clients each year. In addition, the Council provides educational outreach and advocacy to promote the fair treatment of people with HIV and AIDS. ALCC’s greatest point of pride has been its flexibility in meeting the changing needs of people and populations affected by HIV. Since 1991 (when we opened our first satellite office at Cook County Hospital), ALCC has initiated targeted programs for Latinos, African-Americans, HIV-positive immigrants and HIV-positive individuals with mental health problems. In addition, our Family Options Program helps parents with HIV make plans for the future care of their children and our Benefits Counseling Initiative assists clients who have questions about returning to work.
Address: 180 North Michigan Ave, Suite 2110
  Chicago, Illinois 60601-7454
Phone: 312-572-4766