Advocate Workforce Initiative

Funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and led by Advocate Health Care, the Advocate Workforce Initiative is an innovative and strategic program aimed at aligning the skill set of current job seekers with high-growth middle-skill health care jobs in the Chicagoland area. The initiative developed and implement programming to create a pipeline of well trained and industry-qualified candidates to secure employment within the region’s high-growth health care industry.

Since the launch in 2015, this five-year, five-phase program has resulted in training more than 900 community residents with an emphasis on health care alignment, diversity, career advancement and economic development.

To learn more check out the following:

Culmination Video
Learn more about AWI and hear directly from Jim Skogsbergh, Advocate Aurora Health President and CEO and Randy Varju, President of Advocate Aurora Health Foundations as well as a few of our participants. Watch video

Impact Report
Take a deeper dive into the program from workforce development philosophies to mentorship anecdotes, this report provides a close look at the work of AWI and the partners involved. Read our report

AWI Illustrated!
The essence of AWI has been captured in this exciting illustration, depicting visual representations of the communities, partners and results in a unique way. View illustration 

Success Stories
Meet two of the participants of AWI and NAVIGATE and hear how they’ve developed new skills, gained employment and made close connections with mentors through the program.

AWI Program: Cristal Coria 

NAVIGATE Program: Roxanne Lehman

Formal Evaluations
Impartial, rigorous evaluation was essential to ensure AWI met its five-year goals and gained best practices. The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab (formerly the University of Chicago Poverty Lab) conducted preliminary marketplace research and evaluated the program. Learn more

The NAVIGATE incumbent training program can serve as a model for other hospital systems and organizations looking to improve the skills and internal career growth for their entry-level workers. National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago conducted an evaluation of this program. Review report

Get Involved
Looking for a way to get involved or donate to the AWI program? Contact