Westside Health Authority (WHA) is a 501(c)3 organization serving the Austin neighborhood and the greater Westside of Chicago since 1988. Local residents make up the base of our engaged and committed coalition of stakeholders; they are the authority on the needs of their own community and provide the directives on how the organization can be most impactful. Using public and private resources, WHA provides the services and support needed to help neighbors and families build a better community. WHAs mission is to use the capacity of local residents to improve the health and well-being of the community. For WHA, health is defined broadly to include the social and physical environment which contributes to the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of a person. It also includes relationships with family, friends and neighbors, and the ability to find stable employment. WHA envisions a future in which all of Chicagos residents are contributing members of safe and sustainable communities. By tapping into the skills and resources of community members, WHA empowers those who are often perceived as victims. By combining their efforts with support from local institutions and businesses, healthy neighborhoods can emerge, replacing blight and violence with opportunity and growth.
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