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Adler University Awarded $50K Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois 09.19.16
Adler University Awarded $50K Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has awarded Adler Community Health Services a $50,000 grant in support of its Chatham Project, a school-based psychological services program. The grant will fund the services provided as well as an evaluation of their efficacy.

Psychological services will be provided in a medically underserved Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s south side, at Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy, a pre-K–8th grade school.

The significant incidence of poverty/unemployment, single parent households, high crime, abuse, lack of educational attainment, and other factors within the community directly influence the children's health and well-being, both mental and physical. The trauma that the students experience outside of school follows them into the classroom.

Accordingly, Adler's counseling services at Tolton begin with assessment and evaluation and continue through a range of services, including individual and family therapy, grief and trauma process groups, and parenting groups.

An additional component to the Tolton program is the ADHD: Learning and Attention Program which uses a four-pronged approach to enhance student academic performance and social-emotional well-being.

Ultimately, the multifaceted Adler counseling program at Tolton will help decrease aggressive behavior, improve community mental health, increase academic success, and strengthen connections between home, school and the community.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

With 8 million members, BCBSIL, a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, is the largest health insurance company in Illinois. Begun in 1936 in Chicago, BCBSIL remains member owned rather than publicly traded, and is committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and its communities, fostering greater access to care, and working to lower the overall cost of care while improving the health care quality and patient outcomes.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.