Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative (CHWC)

August 16, 2018

We’re excited to share our work with the Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative (CHWC). Beginning in the spring of 2017, CASE began supporting local hiring efforts at participating anchor institutions. Ultimately, the goal of these efforts is to launch a Local Hiring Cohort, a collaborative pilot project informed by hiring data and galvanized by clearly defined commitments by participating anchor institutions to hire or interview individuals from a targeted pool of candidates residing on the Chicago’s West Side. The cohort is an attempt to address immediate local hiring challenges at participating institutions in a manner that leverages and complements existing workforce development infrastructure and momentum, while also conserving employer and provider resources.

To that end, the cohort is being carried out in close coordination with CHWC, which seeks to address ongoing and systemic issues within the healthcare workforce industry.
As a collaboration of employers and industry partners, CHWC is finding new ways to eliminate employment barriers for underserved people. It supports a strong, qualified workforce and focuses on hiring directly from their surrounding communities.

CHWC’s work is dynamic, employer-led, and constantly adapting to emerging workforce trends in and around Chicago. Focus areas include:

  • Employee Retention: Supporting long-term development for employees, lowering costs for employers and stabilizing communities.
  • Education Partnerships: Building relationships between educators, training providers and employers to expand hiring opportunities.
  • Local and Targeted Hiring: Facilitating hiring policies and practices for local and qualified candidates, including justice-involved people and those with disabilities.

With World Business Chicago providing organizational support for the program, CHWC is chaired by Advocate Health Care, University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Health System.

For more information on the CASE Local Hiring Cohort or the Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative, please contact Alejandro Leza at or 312-763-3654.