The goal of Acclivus’ programs is to prevent violence and related negative health outcomes by increasing community cohesion around safe public space while also giving productive alternatives and access to services for all residents. The backbone of Acclivus’ intervention model is relationships with community members, within and close to the population targeted for support with a health issue. Developing and nurturing this supportive network allows for efficient disbursement of information and resources to address complex health challenges. 


Acclivus is a grassroots organization that utilizes public health principles and evidence-based strategies across intentional social networks to serve the most vulnerable individuals in the metro area. This includes assisting people disproportionately impacted by compounding barriers to health and success, providing leveraging capital and coping capital to assist network members with personal and professional growth, and aiding participants overcome common social challenges including poverty, criminal backgrounds, or limited formal education. 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.

2020 Census

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

Advocate Aurora Trauma Recovery Center

Acclivus, Inc. Grand Crossing & Washington Park

ALSO - Alliance of Local Service Organizations

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Brightstar/TURN Center

Chicago CRED

Chicago Survivors

Claretian Associates

CP4P - Communities Partnering 4 Peace

Cure Violence


Girls Like Me

Healing Hurt People


INVC - Institute for NonViolence Chicago

Metropolitan Family Services

New Life Centers

ONE Northside

Precious Blood Ministries

Project Hood

READI Chicago

Saint Sabina Church


Target Area Development Corp



Albany Park

Auburn Gresham



Chicago Lawn

East Garfield Park


Fuller Park

Grand Boulevard

Greater Grand Crossing


Humboldt Park

Lower West Side

New City

North Lawndale

Rogers Park


South Chicago

South Lawndale

South Shore


Washington Park

West Englewood

West Garfield Park

West Pullman


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