NFL Investing in Care for Communities of Color

Today, the National Football League and its Players Coalition announced a $250,000 donation to Cook County Health Foundation to support the work of Cook County Health in caring for communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 70% of deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago have been African Americans. Cases continue to rise in our most vulnerable city communities and south suburban Cook County.

“This generous gift from the NFL Foundation and the Players Coalition will help Cook County Health sustain its care for all who need it in these extremely challenging times,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. “We are grateful for their concern for those most affected by this disease, communities of color and their investment in our efforts.”

The gift from the National Football League’s Social Justice Fund is targeted to support services at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital.

“Social justice and health equity are at the core of Cook County Health’s 180 year mission. On behalf of the patients and communities we serve, who are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, I want to thank the NFL for their generous donation. It brings not just critical financial resources, but important public recognition that we have a long way to go to ensure that everyone has access to all the services needed to ensure a healthy life,” said Debra D. Carey, Interim CEO, Cook County Health.

The health system has a 185-year history of caring for all who need help regardless of their ability to pay. Over 70% of its patients come from communities of color, with nearly 50% being African American. More than 40% have no health insurance. The system’s commitment to these communities stands firm as we face this devastating pandemic.

For more information about this generous gift or to find out how to make a donation to Cook County Health, please contact Debbie Hinde, Executive Director, Cook County Health Foundation at or 312-925-2455.