our partners

Working as One for Whole Person Health

The Center for Better Aging brings together a collaborative team of partners from different disciplines to work in unison to create a new model for whole-person care of adults aged 50 and beyond. They schedule appointments, work with insurance providers, and maintain secure patient records, among their day-to-day tasks, but they also recruit and train staff, update and maintain equipment and run community programs to spread well-being, not just to treat sickness. CBA’s team of partners gives you a champion outside the doctor’s office, standing with you to maintain your best physical and emotional condition. These South Side leaders strive to resolve the persistent health issues of older adults on the South Side.
Chicago Commons

A 130-year-old multi-generational human service organization. Chicago Commons provides older adults and adults with disabilities in-home care and placed-based programming in an adult day setting. Chicago Commons Home Care program enables older adults and adults with disabilities to keep their independence in their own home through the help of an aide. Home Care Aides visit daily or weekly to assist with activities of daily living including light housekeeping, personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, laundry, shopping, errands, and escorting to appointments. The Adult Day Services (ADS) provides old adults and adults with disabilities individualized therapeutic, social, and health care at a community-based center. Family caregivers can keep employment knowing their relative is in a safe, enriching environment. Services include wheelchair-accessible transportation, skilled nursing, nutritious meals, personal care, physical exercise, social activities, and health monitoring.

Chicago State University

Chicago State University will be supporting workforce development among nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, community health workers, and health information administration professionals as well as certificate programs for basic nursing assistants and other line staff with an emphasis on older adult care. Chicago State will be conducting programs to engage South Side adults in wellness activity and evaluate the center’s community impact, along with advising CBA case managers on proven, whole-person approaches to care.


KemeticHlth conducts risk assessments and care plans that tailor CBA providers’ care to each visitor's unique needs. Care coordinators ensure smooth transitions from the hospital or ER, with medication check-ins and provider follow-up. Wellness visits shield vulnerable adults from weather or stress extremes. KemeticHlth's advocates work to connect members with social services or restore insurance coverage.

DL3 Realty

DL3’s timely construction, renovation, leasing, and management services provide a roadmap for CBA’s facilities needs. Skilled contractors with special knowledge will build out the CBA medical suites with state-of-the art equipment.

Smyl Fitness Rx

Smyl (Supporting Mobility and Longevity) is a tech-enabled fall prevention and fitness platform for older adults. Smyl provides automated assessments and personalized analytics that enable care teams to predict risk, visualize trends, and optimize care to address adverse events related to functional health decline (e.g. falls, ER visits, nursing home placement, etc.). Smyl also provides community-based programming and digital tools to reduce falls and improve physical activity among older adults. Our mission is to help older adults enjoy better health, longer life, and more independent days at home.

SPARC Wellness

SPARC (Supporting People in At-Risk Communities) is a wellness solution-focused organization providing care coordination and utilization review to hospitals, clinics, and behavioral health services to community-based organizations. SPARC will provide onsite care coordination to support the identification and resolution of medical, behavioral, and social health needs to inpatient and outpatient CBA members.

St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center

St. Bernard Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical and behavioral health services. The Chicago institution is recognized for emergency medicine and patient safety. The only accredited geriatric emergency department on the South Side ensures that older patients receive specialized care to meet the unique needs of older adults. The state-of-the-art Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), a 70,000-square-foot outpatient center, offers a single source for primary and specialty care with onsite labs, diagnostic imaging, dental, ophthalmology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pharmacy. A women’s health clinic, immediate care, and family medicine supports preventative care and improved health outcomes.

UI Health

Providers from the UI Health network operate on-site at CBA, delivering expert care directly to the community, providing South Side residents with a wider range of options for managing their health risks. With guidance from this academic medical center, CBA has developed a patient-centered approach to care. Additionally, access to UI Health specialists and facilities ensures that patients can benefit from the expertise of professionals specializing in a wide range of medical conditions. Moreover, UI Health and CBA are working together to develop research and training initiatives to address the specific health equity needs of the South Side.