We Are the Authority

Chicago’s Westside Health Authority started a quarter century ago when faced with declining government investment in healthcare neighbors asked, “What can WE do, and do it our way?” Created from the idea that citizens are the best authority on their own mental, physical and spiritual health, the Westside Health Authority is dedicated to using the capacity of area residents to improve the well-being of the community.



Home page photo: Westside Health Authority

About the Lead Author

John McKnight
John McKnight is emeritus professor of education and social policy and codirector of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. He is the coauthor of Building Communities from the Inside Out and the author of The Careless Society. He has been a community organizer and serves on the boards of several national organizations that support neighborhood development.

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