Focusing on those with complex needs, such as people with disabilities and older adults, HDA has been at the forefront of issues such as employment as the best path to economic security. We monitor state and national policy regarding access to care, and build partnerships to help make sure all are covered. Our programs prioritize those who may be under-served, building the capacity of communities to better meet the needs of Veterans, military Service Members, and their families, including families of the fallen and trauma survivors.


  Affordable Care - HDA helped states interpret, adapt, and apply opportunities for older adults and people with disabilities presented by Medicaid and in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and trained navigators and assisters in Illinois. We continue to work for improvements in the program and to advocate to preserve essential provisions. See ACA & Medicaid Facts »

  Healthy Chicago Hospital Collaborative - The collaborative strives to promote a collective impact on health outcomes in the city of Chicago through an environment that fosters learning, sharing of resources, data, and best practices. Visit website »

  Illinois Health Matters - IHM provides detailed information on what health reform and health access mean for the people of Illinois, and serves as a thought leader to advocate for improvements to health care system in Illinois. Visit website »

  Make Medicare Work Coalition - A collaboration with AgeOptions and Progress Center for Independent Living, MMW promotes access to affordable health care options in Illinois. Visit website »

  Our Family Security - This website offers information and stories from the perspectives of real people with a family member who receives benefits, to show that Social Security is not a costly program for “other people” but rather a vital resource in maintaining the economic well-being of ordinary American families. Visit website »

  Patient Empowerment - This first-of-its-kind stakeholder training project for people with traumatic spinal cord injuries is working to prepare them to play active roles in SCI research. Visit website »

  Think Beyond The Label - HDA spearheaded this $11 million national media campaign on disability and employment involving more than 30 states, which challenged the traditional understanding of professional capability. TBTL worked with businesses to diversify their workforce and strengthen their brand. A national media campaign involved more than 30 states in challenging the traditional understanding of professional capability. Visit website »

  Veterans Supports - HDA builds the capacity of communities to better meet the needs of military Service Members and their families: Warrior to Warrior helps bridge the gap between military service and civilian life, Connections for Families of the Fallen connects after a catastrophic loss, and MST training helps professionals better serve survivors of military sexual assault.