Patrick Holbrook worked with Civic Consulting Alliance as a Bain Fellow from October 2018 to February 2019. 
What projects were you involved in during your time at the Civic Consulting Alliance?
During my four months at Civic Consulting Alliance, I worked with West Side United to realize their vision of making the West Side of Chicago a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant place to live. I led the implementation efforts for programs aimed at increasing healthy food access for residents in West Side United’s ten focus neighborhoods. These programs range from building a cohesive food insecurity screening strategy for patients at the six West Side United member hospitals, to establishing a fruits and vegetables prescription program to provide 1,000 families with fruits and vegetables on an ongoing basis. 
What will you take away from your time at Civic Consulting Alliance?
I will leave with a unique appreciation for the sheer number of amazing people that work every day to make Chicago a better place, at Civic Consulting Alliance and beyond. The opportunity to meet and learn from influential leaders in Chicago’s food access scene taught me so much about the city I live in and gave me a network that I hope to keep in touch with throughout my career. 
What was your most memorable experience during your time at Civic Consulting Alliance?
In my first week at Civic Consulting Alliance, I attended a West Side United leadership meeting, where I was in the room with C-suite executives from some of Chicago’s most influential hospital systems. Watching the leaders of competing organizations come together around a single goal of making Chicago a better place to live was inspiring and an experience I’ll remember for a long time. 
How has your time at Civic Consulting Alliance helped you develop professionally?
Civic Consulting Alliance and West Side United reinforced my long-standing interest in public health and showed me the value my private sector consulting skills can add to the public sector. In particular, the ability to move a group of competitors towards a common goal was a challenge that helped me sharpen my consulting skills, while building my confidence as a leader. Civic Consulting Alliance has been an incredible growth opportunity for me, both personally and professionally. 
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