PCHI is expanding health care access for Illinois families through programmatic and capital investments in underserved communities. By expanding access, our work will cut in half the number of uninsured children in Illinois by 2023.

Background

Health care access continues to be a challenge in many communities in Illinois. While the enactment of the Affordable Care Act greatly expanded coverage, tens of thousands of families in Illinois remain without coverage and without easy access to health care. The Foundation seeks to reduce the number of uninsured and expand health care access in the Chicago area.

Partners

CHILDREN FIRST FUND/CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Through a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, a team of school and community navigators were hired to assist 21,000 uninsured children and 4,600 uninsured adults enroll in healthcare coverage.

GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY

GCFD seeks to address health disparities among low-income families in suburban Cook County through a school-based public benefits outreach program. The organization will establish relationships with suburban school districts and implement an enrollment initiative that will raise awareness for and increase participation in Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) among eligible families.

ESPERANZA

The new construction Esperanza Health Center in Brighton Park will house three primary care hubs dedicated to pediatric care, adult medicine and women’s health. The new federally qualified health center will see more than 70,000 patient visits a year from more than 20,000 individuals, doubling Esperanza’s capacity to deliver critical services.

LA CASA NORTE

La Casa Norte’s Pierce House is a five-story mixed-use new construction project that includes an affordable and supportive housing development (25 units) and a federally qualified health center run by Howard Brown Health.