June 14, 2017

Gain a greater understanding of diabetes and how you can manage it through this four-week curriculum from the American Diabetes Association. You will learn about the basics of diabetes, the effects of good nutrition and exercise, and how you can avoid complications. You will also have the chance to discuss your experience with diabetes with the group and learn from one another.

When: Wednesdays June 7-June 28 from 3:00-4:30 pm

Where: 1300 W. Devon

Led by: Jamie Ellingwood, PA-C


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Thirty Youth who participate in the GEAR UP program at Roosevelt, Albany Park Multi-Cultural Academy and Volta will be the backbone of an ambitious mural project that will  adorn  the 20 x 55  foot wall next to the parking lot of Heartland Health Center’s primary care clinic at 3737 W Lawrence.  With youth input, this mural will be designed by muralists, Eduardo Montiel from Communities United and Christina Heyworth, both volunteering their time not only on design but in overseeing the painting from beginning to end. GEAR Up staff member Rene Lopez and Heartland’s AmeriCorps Members will provide extra labor power and supervision.

The theme is “Healthcare from the Heart – Community Connected, Holistic and Empowering,” which encapsulates Heartland’s model of care. In addition to gift cards for the youth and T-shirts for all involved upon completion of the project, funds will be used for paint; supplies, including scaffolding; power washing; daily snacks and a unveiling celebration in early August We hope to raise $7,500 to cover all these costs. Any money raised above and beyond would be earmarked for Heartland Health Center-Albany Park which provides  affordable primary care, behavioral health and dental services for uninsured and underserved Albany Park residents.

June 2, 2017

This is a low-impact modified Zumba class suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It is free to all participants and will take place in the lower level conference room at 845 W. Wilson.

This class will be taught by Jean Rothbarth, a certified Zumba instructor.

To sign up, call 312-718-0660.

June 2, 2017

Join HHC in working on a community garden plot near our Devon Health Center. Learn to prepare a garden bed, plant and grow vegetables, and take fresh vegetables home when they are ready to harvest.

Thursdays 10-11 am through October

Contact Kristin Alexander at 773-751-7816 if you would like to join!




Mothers are most often the heart and center of a family – the one striving to keep everyone healthy and safe even during the most difficult times. Life for a mother can be especially challenging if she or a family member is an immigrant or refugee – like many we serve.


Patricia began seeing Dr. Shaheena Ahmed at our Lakeview Pediatric Center when her son David was born in 2012 with a cleft lip and palate. David’s prognosis is good but he will need surgeries and coordinated dental, ear, nose & throat, language pathology and other care until he is 18 years old.

When David was born, Patricia and her husband took time off work to care for him. All Kids insurance covered many costs related to his care, but additional expenses led the family to lose their home. As treatment began to moderate the severity of David’s birth defect and the family was beginning to put their finances back in order, David’s father was detained and deported.

Patricia says she holds strong and stays optimistic because of the support she receives at Heartland Health Centers and from Dr. Ahmed. letter pic 2“Heartland is like family,” she says. “I can be open with Dr. Ahmed and she listens. She is very supportive to me and the kids. She makes us feel confident.” David’s defect is now almost unnoticeable and the family recently visited their father in Mexico. There is hope he will be reunited with his wife and children as soon as next fall. Most importantly, Patricia knows her son will get the care he needs at the place that has always welcomed and supported the whole family.

At Heartland Health Centers we believe health care is a human right. Our vision is to provide comprehensive care that surrounds and supports the dedication and determination of mothers like Patricia. We recognize that by supporting the health and well-being of mothers and caregivers, we help grow healthy families; and healthy families build healthy communities.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in our Mother’s Day Campaign, with your support we raised about $12,000!

Below are all the Mothers/Caregiver who were honored during this campaign.

  • Ms. Zarina Ahmed
  • Sheryl Hotop
  • Ruth Barrera
  • Sandy Ellingwood
  • Raquel Koller
  • Sadeka Hossain
  • Marilyn Zheutlin & Lauretta Kehoe
  • Beth Gaby
  • Aneesah Weatherall
  • Joycelyn Merchant
  • Patricia Rinnan
  • Mary Shapiro
  • Carol Solon
  • Teresa
  • Domenica Abbott
  • Jane Moody
  • Paula Medina
  • Mary
  • Lucile Miller Hoffman
  • Martha Bleeks & Kay Henning
  • Catherine Serafine
  • Margaret Hite Smith

Nicole Gotthelf, who worked as a consultant at HHC to plan our inaugural From the Heart Gala last year, learned this traditional French recipe while living in France. It incorporates lots of fresh vegetables that are in season in the spring and summer!



(Makes 12 servings)

2 medium eggplants, unpeeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 tbsp salt

6 tsp extra virgin  olive oil

2 medium onions, coarsely chopped

2 tbsp minced garlic

2 large red bell peppers

4 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into ¼ inch chunks

2 tsp herbs de Provence

4-6 ripe plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped, juice reserved

½ cup chopped parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sprigs of rosemary or thyme


Sprinkle the eggplant with coarse salt. Let drain in colander for 30 minutes and pat dry.

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onions and garlic and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until wilted.

Add the peppers and cook another 5-10 minutes

Repeat for zucchini and then eggplant. Add the herbs de Provence and and cook uncovered until seasoned. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add the tomatoes and juices. Simmer uncovered 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining olive oil and cook for 5 minutes more.

Stir in fresh herbs. Adjust the seasonings as necessary.


Spring is the season for new beginnings and fresh starts. It’s the perfect time to tackle any hidden oral hygiene problems and to polish up those pearly whites.


Dental Visit Teeth Did you know….?

  • Cavities and gum disease can lead to serious medical problems (like heart disease).
  • Poor oral health can make some diseases, such as diabetes, more difficult to control.
  • In pregnant women, poor oral health can lead to low birth weight babies and early labor.
  • Some bacteria and infections of the mouth can even spread from mom to baby!
  • Most dental problems don’t hurt right away, but you can lead to a serious infection affecting the health of your teeth, gums and body.

Healthy teeth & gums are important…. 2x2x2!

  • Brush two times a day – in the morning and before going to sleep.
  • Brush two minutes each time.
  • A visit to the dentist two times each year is recommended for everyone with teeth

What about food….?

  • Avoid frequent snacks high in sugar or starch. Chips, cookies and crackers.
  • Choose plain water or milk instead of juices and other sweet beverages. Sugary drinks, even juice.


Commit to a Clean Smile this spring!

Call us today at 773.751.7800 to schedule your spring cleaning!


Click here to learn more about our dental services.

This kid-friendly cooking class is ideal for children ages 9-14 and their parent(s).  We will learn about healthy eating, planning meals as a family, and working together in the kitchen. Every week, participants will receive a bag of groceries to use to prepare that week’s recipe at home. This class is open to both English and Spanish-speaking families!

To sign up, please call Claire Brady at 312-718-0660.

Esta clase de cocinar es ideal para los niños de 9 a 14 años y sus padres. Vamos a aprender sobre la alimentación saludable, planificando las comidas como una familia, y trabajando juntos en la cocina. Cada semana, los participantes recibirán una bolsa de comestibles para cocinar la receta de la semana en la casa. ¡Esta clase está abierta tanto a familias de habla inglesa como de habla hispana!

Para inscribirse, favor de llamar a Claire Brady a 312-718-0660

February 3, 2017

Mama’s Fake-out Chili

by Dr. Shaheena Ahmed, Pediatrics

As the busy mother of four children, I’m always looking for ways to offer my family meals that are easy to prepare and good for their health. My children and husband are confirmed meat eaters; however, last Super Bowl Sunday, I secretly made meatless loaded nachos and this meatless hearty chili. They were none the wiser and ate it all up. Since then, I refer to this as my “lamb chili” so that my kids don’t question the seitan* chunks that replace meat in this dish. Making this dish in a slow cooker is a time saver. The beans, quinoa*, and seitan offer plenty of protein and fiber without a lot of fat. The various spices add a lot of flavor without necessarily adding a lot of heat. Enjoy!



1 box (12 oz) of seitan (wheat-based meat substitute), cubed or sliced

2 cans (15 oz) of chili beans, (red, pinto and black or whatever bean you like)

1 box or can (33 oz) of tomato sauce

2 medium red bell peppers, chopped

1 pack (8 oz) of mushrooms, chopped

1 large onion, diced

1 whole green chili pepper

½ cup quinoa (small round grain), dry

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp ginger powder

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cumin powder

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. red chili pepper

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce


*All spices and veggies can be increased or decreased to desired heat, saltiness, and chunkiness




  1. In a medium sized pot, saute onions in olive oil
  2. Add garlic powder, ginger powder, salt, black pepper, red pepper, and cumin powder
  3. Add seitan and brown
  4. Add soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce to seitan (more or less to taste)
  5. Add mushrooms and brown
  6. Add red bell peppers to soften
  7. Add whole green chili and ½ of the tomato sauce. Let it simmer
  8. In a slow cooker, plug in and turn to high. Add remainder of tomato sauce.
  9. Add quinoa to the tomato sauce as it will soften and sprout while cooking
  10. Add the cans of chili beans
  11. Add sautéed seitan with vegetables to the slow cooker. Stir well.
  12. Cover lid to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 1 hour.
  13. Reduce to medium for 2 hours. Stir.
  14. If desired consistency is reached, you can turn down the slow cooker to warm.
  15. Serve with your favorite condiments (such as shredded cheese, sour cream, chives and/ or cilantro) or enjoy as is- during the big game, a cold winter weekend or while reconnecting with your loved ones at mealtime!


This class will incorporate therapies for chronic pain including tai chi and acupuncture. Stand-alone acupuncture is also available every Monday at 3:30 pm. Acupuncture will be provided by students from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

When: Mondays 12:30-3:00 pm for the group and 3:30-5:00 pm for drop-in acupuncture

Where: 1300 W. Devon