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Friend Health

Woodlawn Family Health & Wellness Center New Headquarters

Project Description

For 25 years, Friend Health has been an irreplaceable source of uplifting the Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) within Chicago neighborhoods.

Project Stats


Chicago, IL




30,000 sq. ft.

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Design Features

The new two-story building presents a welcoming facade to the neighborhood that engages residents and aggregates many services needed by the community. The building entrances are aligned with public transportation routes to encourage accessibility and flow of healthcare into the neighborhood. Residents are welcomed with a celebration of the rich history and diversity of the Woodlawn community in the form of a mural on the exterior of the building. Created by local muralist Rahmaan Statik Barnes, the mural features “living legends” in the area and provides a brilliant display of warmth, color, and connectedness. This sentiment is carried through the interior of the space as well, where there is a large-scale history wall filled with the cultural roots of Woodlawn.

The headquarters provides primary care, dental, vision, behavioral and mental health services, and much more. Because health is more than just medical, it was important to have the first floor open for use as a community space. The Woodlawn Community Hub will welcome speakers, community groups, meetings, trainings, and more. The multi-functional space offers separate classroom areas to allow in-depth group learning. Additionally, the new Healthy Eating Café opens soon and will serve the neighborhood in both food and knowledge of healthy eating practices and techniques. To ensure residents are able to receive the care they need, the facility is certified as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides a sliding scale and low-cost services to residents in need.