Learn About the Work we do to Serve the Community.


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Acclivus’ flagship program is the Chicago Violent Trauma Hospital Response Program. It provides 24/7 (utilizing a centralized phone to receive and dispatch calls to responders) targeted violence prevention and intervention in real time to 5 level 1 trauma centers throughout the Chicagoland area (Advocate Aurora Christ Medical Center, Advocate Aurora Illinois Masonic Hospital, John H. Stroger Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital). Trauma-informed care, needs assessments, and therapeutic case-management services are structured to connect patients with resources that reduce risk of violent re-injury and further involvement in community violence. 

In 2019 Acclivus started its street level intervention in two communities (Greater Grand Crossing and Washington Park) and quickly expanded by adding four additional areas (Grand Boulevard, Fuller Park, Washington Heights, and West Pullman). All six of the targeted communities have been prioritized by the city of Chicago due to their high level of violence.  The overall Acclivus program is staffed by two key functional roles: Violence Interruption (Trauma Response at the hospital and Outreach Workers in the community) and Case Managers in both settings. Interruption staff are deployed quickly, and use behavior change techniques (i.e., motivational interviewing) to diffuse emotions and deescalate tensions with potential to lead to violence. Long-term, Case Management staff provide intensive emotional support and feedback to a caseload of individuals at risk for violence.



Access to Justice (A2J) is statewide program in Illinois that seeks to mitigate the devastating consequences of incarceration and family separation on vulnerable communities.

During FY20, Acclivus became a sub-grantee of the Access to Justice grant that was awarded by the Westside Justice Center. This grant allowed Acclivus to hire individuals (community navigators) from the target population (train them on database management, public speaking, legal supportive services, and know your rights). The navigators conducted assessments (legal screenings), assisted participants with obtaining their rap sheets, and starting the expungement process. The navigators played an integral role assisting their participants navigate the legal system and achieve goals that were once considered barriers. 



Distributed more than 1,000 masks and cases of hand sanitizers in vulnerable communities impacted by the novel coronavirus.  In partnership, the American Medical Association and the City of Chicago Department of Public Health, Acclivus launched its #MaskUp campaign, a robust effort to normalize mask wearing in the fight against COVID-19 and to debunk myths associated with masks as physicians combat misinformation. Along with physical distancing and regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizer, Acclivus encourages citizens to wear masks as the easiest way to stop the spread of COVID-19 and serves as a distribution center.



Every 10 years, the federal government is legally required to count every person living in the United States, regardless of citizenship status as part of the U.S. Census. As an essential partner, Acclivus has teamed up with the State of Illinois and Cook County government as part of the county’s “Complete Count Committee. We provide outreach, community education and neighborhood canvassing services through Chicago’s South and West sides.

Partner Agencies

ALSO - Alliance of Local Service Organizations
Bobby E. Wright
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Brightstar/TURN Center
Chicago CRED
Chicago Survivors
Claretian Associates
CP4P - Communities Partnering 4 Peace
Healing Hurt People
INVC - Institute for Non Violence Chicago
Lawrence Hall
New Life Centers
ONE Northside
Precious Blood Ministries
Project Hood
READI Chicago
Saint Sabina Church
Target Area Development Corp