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Who We Are

Our Mission: Deliver health and hope for Chicago’s underserved communities

Our Values: Caring, Quality, Family

In 2004, residents of the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village on Chicago’s southwest side joined administrators from nearby Saint Anthony Hospital to address the critical lack of accessible health services in the area. They opened a community health center on South California Avenue called Esperanza, the Spanish word for “hope.” 

Today, Esperanza provides bilingual, high quality primary care, behavioral health and wellness services to the community, regardless of immigration status, insurance status, or ability to pay. Esperanza’s three sites in Little Village (South Lawndale) and Marquette Park (Chicago Lawn) deliver care to over 20,000 patients each year from communities across the Southwest side.

In 2019, we will open a fourth site in Brighton Park to serve an additional 20,000 patients each year with high quality healthcare. Our commitment to offering care of the highest quality is made clear by our designation as a National Quality Leader by HRSA in both 2016 and 2017, which ranks Esperanza among the top 3% of health centers in the nation and the top two in Illinois for our quality of care.

Read our 2017 Annual Report, Cuentos de Esperanza.